National education and labor news

December 6, 2018

Arizona voters reject voucher expansion

Voters in Arizona overwhelmingly defeated a ballot proposition on Nov. 6 that would have greatly expanded the state’s school voucher program. 

Arizona parents misuse 700G of school choice funds

Parents in Arizona fraudulently spent $700,000 of public money intended to help fund their children’s education during the 2018 fiscal year, according to a report by the state’s attorney general. 

Los Angeles teachers poised to strike in January

Teachers in Los Angeles plan to go on strike in January, barring a last-minute contract settlement. 

November 1, 2018

Judge restores student debt relief after DeVos delays

An Obama-era rule designed to help students cheated by for-profit colleges get relief on their education debt finally took effect on Oct. 16 after efforts by the Trump administration to block it.

Missouri unions head to court over due process

Missouri labor unions have taken the state to court over a new law championed by Republican lawmakers that makes it easier to fire state workers, saying the changes infringe on collective bargaining rights enshrined in the state constitution.

AFT sues big student loan servicer

The American Federation of Teachers on Oct. 3 filed a class-action lawsuit against Navient, one of the country’s largest administrators of federal student loans, accusing the company of steering borrowers in public service professions away from debt relief to boost its own profits.

October 4, 2018

McDonald’s workers strike against sexual harassment

As the #MeToo movement gathers momentum, workers at McDonald’s deployed a potent tool from the labor movement to combat sexual harassment: a strike.

57 Detroit schools’ water tainted with lead, copper

The drinking water at 57 Detroit schools has tested positive for high levels of lead and copper. This means more than half of the 106 schools in Michigan’s largest school district have water unsafe for consumption. T

Budget $$ for teacher pay sparks Wash. state strikes

The provision by Washington state lawmakers of an additional $776 million in the state budget for teacher salaries sparked tense negotiations this summer between teachers’ unions and local school districts throughout the state. 

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.

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