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Citing a disconnect between education research and policy, renowned Stanford education professor Linda Darling-Hammond has launched a new education think tank, the Learning Policy Institute, with offices in Palo Alto and Washington.
President Obama on Sept. 7 issued an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide at least seven days of paid sick leave to employees, the latest in a recent series of workplace reforms put forward by this administration.
The Seattle Education Association on Sept. 20 approved a new contract, officially ending a five-day strike that had delayed the start of school.
The number of black public school teachers in some of the nation’s largest cities dropped markedly between 2002 and 2012, according to a new study by the AFT-funded Albert Shanker Institute.
Washington state’s Supreme Court has become the first in the nation to rule that charter schools are not public schools and therefore cannot receive state education funding.
There will be a new way to get to “Sesame Street” starting this fall: Sign up for HBO.
The news site Vice on Aug. 7 became the fourth new media site to unionize this summer, following in the steps of Gawker, Salon and The Guardian US.
Parents and community activists in the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Bronzeville on Chicago’s south side, as of Sept. 1, were in the third week of a hunger strike that began on Aug. 17 to demand the reopening of a neighborhood high school as an open-enrollment, district-run school.
In a positive sign for other charter-school organizing drives around the country, a National Labor Relations Board hearing officer ruled on July 31 that Teach for America teachers at a Detroit charter school chain are eligible to join the same bargaining unit as other teachers at the chain.
Washington State’s highest court on Aug. 13 imposed a hefty $100,000 per-day fine on the state for failing to come up with a plan to fully fund education from kindergarten through high school.
School districts across New Jersey face looming layoffs and program cuts after the state government failed for the seventh year in a row to increase state school aid despite rising costs.
New York-based Gawker Media has become the first major digital media company to unionize after an overwhelming majority of employees voted on June 4 to form a union with the Writers Guild of America, East.
The Atlanta school district has announced that it will eliminate 18 of its 58 elementary school music teacher positions next year, continuing a national downward trend in arts education.
Nevada has implemented an unprecedented school voucher program that next school year will allow parents to pull their children from the state’s public schools — and take tax dollars with them.
Baltimore on June 2 joined a growing number of school districts that are offering free school meals to all students regardless of family income.
The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously struck down a state pension law that would have rolled back government workers’ benefits to cover the pension system’s enormous $105 billion deficit.
Los Angeles teachers voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The Los Angeles City Council on May 19 voted 14–1 to increase the city’s minimum wage from $9 to $15 per hour by 2020.
Philadelphia charter school operator ASPIRA, Inc., dispatched two union-busting outfits to dissuade teachers at two of its schools from unionizing with the American Federation of Teachers.
A new survey by the American Federation of Teachers has found that the nation’s educators are stressed out and feel underappreciated.