News briefs

January 5, 2017

Columbia graduate students vote to unionize

Exercising a new federal right to organize, graduate students at Columbia University have voted to form a union.

Students with disabilities to receive testing support

Students with disabilities will have an easier time requesting accommodations during tests, starting on Jan. 1.

Civil rights complaints to federal DOE doubled since ’08

The number of annual complaints reported to the U.S. Department of Education’s civil rights office has more than doubled in the past eight years, rising from 6,364 in the 2009 fiscal year to 16,720 in 2016.

U.S. teens falling behind in math

The math achievement of U.S. 15-year-olds fell on a major international benchmark. Among 35 industrialized nations, the United States now ranks 31st in math on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

Trump picks fast-food exec for labor secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has named fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as his nominee for U.S. Secretary of Labor.

December 1, 2016

Mixed results for right-to-work measures

In Alabama and Virginia, voters considered measures on Election Day to amend their state constitutions to bar unions from collecting fair-share fees from workers who opt not to join the union even though federal law requires unions to represent all workers in the bargaining unit.

Voters nix measures to raise ed funds in two states
Oregon and Oklahoma voters rejected ballot measures that would have provided extra funding for public schools and teachers.
Charter-backed effort to oust Wash. state judges fails

Three incumbent Supreme Court justices in Washington state won re-election on Nov. 8, surviving a $1.4 million onslaught by charter-school advocates and other conservative groups intent on unseating them

School-takeover amendment defeated in Georgia

Georgia voters rejected a proposal, known as Amendment 1, which would have allowed the state to temporarily take over the lowest-performing schools.

Multilingual education to return in California
Voters in California approved a ballot measure granting the state’s public schools more power to develop their own bilingual and multilingual education programs.
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