News briefs

April 5, 2018

Pearson to sell U.S. K–12 curriculum business

Global education corporation Pearson will sell off its K–12 curriculum business in the United States.

Students stage mass walkouts against gun violence

Tens of thousands of students walked out of schools across the country on March 14 to protest Congressional inaction on gun violence.

DeVos trying to bust Education Department’s union

Unionized workers at the U.S. Department of Education filed a complaint on March 13 accusing the department of attempting to bust their union.</p>

Federal budget boosts U.S. education funding

After an earlier veto threat, President Donald Trump signed a spending bill on March 23 that provides $70 billion for federal education initiatives — a 6 percent increase over the previous year. Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had sought to slash $9.2 billion from the 2018 education budget.

Oklahoma teachers threaten to strike

Only a month after West Virginia teachers walked off the job to protest low pay and sky-high health insurance premiums, Oklahoma educators who have not had a raise in a decade are poised to stage a strike of their own. Teachers in Oklahoma earn $45,000 a year on average, the second-lowest salary in the country.

March 1, 2018

Chicago’s public and charter school unions merge

The Chicago Teachers Union announced on Jan. 29 that its members had voted to merge with the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff.

Families for Excellent Schools to disband

The pro-charter group Families for Excellent Schools announced Feb. 5 that it will cease operations after its founder and CEO, Jeremiah Kittredge, was terminated for “inappropriate behavior.”

U.S. Education Dept. locks out teachers unions

AFT President Randi Weingarten and Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, were met with locked doors at the U.S. Education Department on Feb. 8 when they attempted to deliver more than 80,000 report cards grading Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on her first year in office.

Koch network spending big to erode public education

Billionaire Charles Koch and his allies are pouring money into a massive campaign to transform education in the United States from a fundamental right to a commodity.

Puerto Rico faces school privatization after Maria

Puerto Rico’s governor announced on Feb. 5 that he will pursue school privatization policies as the island continues to suffer from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

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