National education and labor news

September 6, 2018

Judge blocks Trump’s anti-worker orders

In a victory for unions, a federal judge on Aug. 25 invalidated three executive orders from the Trump administration intended to make it easier to fire federal workers and weaken their union representation.

Betsy DeVos rolls back another student protection

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced on Aug. 10 that the U.S. Department of Education will eliminate an Obama-era rule protecting students from for-profit post-secondary schools that load their students with debt without equipping them with the skills to find jobs where they can earn enough to pay it off.

Missouri voters block ‘right-to-work’ law

Voters in Missouri on Aug. 7 rejected a so-called “right-to-work” law by a 2-to-1 vote after labor unions in the state successfully organized to put the measure on the ballot as a referendum.

July 5, 2018

Judge halts school closures in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s plan to close 265 public schools has hit a roadblock after a judge on June 11 ordered that the island stop the closure of at least nine schools.

Washington State court ends school funding case

The Washington Supreme Court ruled on June 7 that the state has at last complied with a court-ordered mandate to fully fund its education system by September of this year, ending a decade-long case known as the McCleary lawsuit.

DeVos’ school safety group won’t look at guns

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos revealed on June 5 that her commission to study school safety, established in the wake of this year’s series of school shootings, will not study the issue of guns.

Trump cracks down on federal labor unions

President Donald Trump upended a generation of protections for federal employees, signing executive orders on May 29 making it easier to fire workers for poor performance, limiting the time employees can be paid for union work and directing federal agencies to negotiate tougher contracts with workers’ unions.

North Carolina teacher walkout results in modest raises

North Carolina legislators released a budget on May 28 that included a modest salary increase for teachers after a one-day teacher walkout shut down the state’s public schools on May 16.

June 7, 2018

State government takes over special ed in Chicago

The Illinois state Board of Education on May 16 assumed far-reaching authority over special education in Chicago’s public schools. 

North Carolina teachers stage one-day walkout

North Carolina experienced the largest organized political action by teachers in the state’s history on May 16 as tens of thousands of teachers walked off the job to rally in the state capital for higher wages and education funding. The event shut down public schools for more than 1 million students.

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