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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 >>

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.

News briefs | March 5, 2015 >>

Closing the education gap between the nation’s rich and poor students could significantly boost the economy and government revenue, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth reports in a new study.

News briefs | March 5, 2015 >>

Billionaire Eli Broad has suspended his foundation’s $1 million annual award to honor the best urban school systems, out of concern that school districts are not improving quickly enough.

News briefs | March 5, 2015 >>

Stealing a page from ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s corporate playbook, the North Carolina State Board of Education on Feb. 5 released A–F letter grades for all of the state’s public schools.

News briefs | March 5, 2015 >>

So-called “right-to-work” laws are all the rage among Republican governors in the Midwest.

News briefs | March 5, 2015 >>

A New Jersey judge ordered Gov. Chris Christie to reverse a $1.57 billion cut he made to New Jersey’s public pension system

News briefs | February 5, 2015 >>

Just 1 percent of the world’s population holds nearly half of all wealth, and their share is growing.

News briefs | February 5, 2015 >>

Labor unions joined with progressive lawmakers, consumer advocates, environmentalists, and social justice and human rights lobbyists to launch a campaign against trade legislation that would allow the president and Congress to speed approval of free trade agreements.

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