Teachers carry placards as they walk a picket line outside South High School early Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Denver. The strike on Monday is the first for teachers in Colorado in 25 years after failed negotiations with the school district over base pay. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) After 15 fruitless, frustrating months at the bargaining
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Cicely Woodard (center) is presented the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence. A record-breaking number of educators were recognized at the annual NEA Foundation ‘Salute to Excellence’ Gala on Friday, February 8, 2019. Marking the 50th anniversary of the National Education Association, 46 educators from across the country, nominated by their state affiliates, were awarded
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DENVER (AP) — Denver teachers went on strike Monday after failing to reach a deal with administrators on pay. The school district said schools will remain open during the strike and will be staffed by administrators and substitute teachers. However, the district has canceled classes for 5,000 preschool children because it doesn’t have the staff
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The official numbers bear it out: Last year really was the year of the strike. More U.S. workers were involved in major work stoppages in 2018 than in any other year since 1986, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Friday. The number of stoppages was also the highest since the Great Recession began in 2007.
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Esti, my high school’s office secretary, usually popped into classrooms to punish students for arriving late to morning prayers. But one day, she made an announcement that would ― eventually ― transform my worldview.  “The principal wants the following students to come to her office right now. Leah M., Chani, Shira…” Esti listed seven more
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Virginia state Sen. Tommy Norment was once the managing editor of a yearbook chock-full of racial slurs and images depicting blackface, according to a report by The Virginian-Pilot. Norment, the Republican majority leader of the state Senate, oversaw the Virginia Military Institute’s yearbook in 1968, the news outlet reports. In that yearbook, students appear dressed
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President Donald Trump heaped praise on Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast for teaching art to students at a Christian school in Northern Virginia.  Not surprisingly, Trump overlooked the school’s policy of barring LGBTQ children and LGBTQ employees from its doors.  “She just went back to teaching art
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One of the most persistent attacks on the teaching profession over the years has been around the issue of seniority. Lawmakers have been chipping away at seniority, believing it saddles schools with ineffective teachers and forces younger educators out of the profession. But experience matters. A lot. The more experienced an educator, the better able
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West Virginia teachers are deciding this week whether to authorize their unions to lead another massive walkout, a little less than a year after they started a cascade of historic teacher strikes around the country. The ongoing discontent among the teachers is directly related to last year’s unrest. The Republican-controlled state Senate has agreed to
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An inventive board game is educating kids about periods and breaking down the stigma around menstruation. The Period Game brands itself as a positive learning experience that teaches participants about the menstrual cycle and the everyday considerations individuals face while on their periods. The game is the brainchild of designers Daniela Gilsanz and Ryan Murphy,
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Helping kids regulate their own media use is an ongoing process, and along the way you’re likely to experience some struggles when it’s time to turn off the TV or any other digital device. When it’s time to transition from TV watching to another activity, using prerecorded shows comes in handy. On traditional broadcast TV,
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(photo: Kristopher Radder-Brattleboro Reformer) Jesse Hagopian is a teacher at Garfield High School in Seattle and a member of the Seattle Education Association (SEA)/Washington Education Association (WEA). As co-editor of Teaching for Black Lives, he helped organize Black Lives Matter at School (BLM at School), a national coalition of educators organizing for racial justice in education. Coalition
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An Indiana school superintendent who was arrested for allegedly using her own health insurance to purchase medicine for a sick, uninsured student, has resigned. Casey Smitherman submitted her resignation to the Elwood School Board on Friday after being charged last month with insurance fraud, identity theft and official misconduct over the incident, Indianapolis station WISH-TV reported.
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In his January 15 State of the State Address, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey seemed to acknowledge that his zealous pursuit of what he calls “choice and competition” in education was careening a little off course. “We know improvements can be made,” Ducey said. “More transparency, more accountability, and granting financial review and oversight over taxpayer
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The way that America approaches Black History Month is grossly limiting. In many schools, organizations, workspaces and beyond, the month is distilled to the same whitewashed stories of select civil rights figures and a handful of picture-perfect moments in history. Our history and culture are consistently depicted as one-dimensional.  Carter G. Woodson didn’t create Negro History
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