National education and labor news

February 7, 2019

Unionized workforce sees slight decline in 2018

Slightly fewer U.S. workers belonged to a labor union in 2018 than in 2017.

House Democrats to scrutinize Betsy DeVos

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will face a new level of oversight this year with Democrats taking over the House of Representatives from Republicans who were friendlier to her privatization agenda.

West Virginia teachers face new battle

Nearly a year after their lengthy walkout resulted in better pay, West Virginia public school teachers are back on edge after the introduction of a bill in the West Virginia State Senate in late January to weaken unions and redirect tax revenue from public schools to private and charter school options.

January 3, 2019

Chicago teachers hold first U.S. charter school strike
More than 500 charter school teachers in Chicago carried out the nation’s first charter school strike in December.
Teachers stung by grant program get reprieve
The U.S. Department of Education is forgiving college loans for teachers with federal grants that were mistakenly converted into loans through a troubled assistance program.
Trump administration lowers school nutrition standards

The Trump administration announced on Dec. 6 that it will lower health protections for school lunches.

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.

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