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News briefs | July 10, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | July 10, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | July 10, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | July 10, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | July 10, 2015 >>
Baltimore on June 2 joined a growing number of school districts that are offering free school meals to all students regardless of family income.
News briefs | June 4, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | June 4, 2015 >>

Los Angeles teachers voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

News briefs | June 4, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | June 4, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | June 4, 2015 >>

A new survey by the American Federation of Teachers has found that the nation’s educators are stressed out and feel underappreciated.

News briefs | May 7, 2015 >>

Interim Chicago Public Schools CEO Jesse Ruiz on April 22 suspended the controversial $20.5 million professional development contract at the heart of an ongoing federal probe that led his predecessor to temporarily step down.

News briefs | May 7, 2015 >>

Eight former Atlanta educators received harsh jail sentences on April 14 for their role in a 2009 cheating scandal that a state investigation concluded had involved 178 teachers and principals at 40 schools across the city.

News briefs | May 7, 2015 >>

Responding to a groundswell of opposition from parents, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (right) on April 14 signed into law legislation that will scale back the state’s standardized testing.

News briefs | May 7, 2015 >>

A bipartisan proposal to change federal education law by removing the high stakes for standardized testing moved a step closer to passage when the U.S. Senate’s education committee unanimously approved the bill on April 16.

News briefs | May 7, 2015 >>

The Fight for $15 movement to increase the pay of low-wage workers hit a new milestone on April 15 when 60,000 workers walked off their jobs or joined rallies in more than 200 cities across the country. Organizers are calling it the largest protest by low-wage workers in U.S. history.

News briefs | April 2, 2015 >>

Multinational testing giant Pearson has been caught spying on students’ social media accounts in a supposed effort to detect any “security breaches” that might compromise the integrity of its tests.

News briefs | April 2, 2015 >>

Arkansas Republicans on March 17 abandoned their push for a bill that would have allowed the privatization of school districts deemed academically distressed.

News briefs | April 2, 2015 >>

New York University’s administration and graduate student union have, after more than a year of stalled negotiations, reached a tentative contract that would raise pay and expand health care and other benefits.

News briefs | April 2, 2015 >>

Thousands of oil workers and their employers reached a national contract agreement on March 12, bringing the country’s largest refinery strike in 35 years a big step closer to resolution.

News briefs | April 2, 2015 >>

Enrollment in teacher-training programs across the country is declining.

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