News briefs

News briefs | September 4, 2014 >>

The National Labor Relations Board said on July 29 that McDonald’s could be held jointly liable for labor and wage violations perpetrated by its franchise operators in a ruling that could upend fast food labor practices and give a dramatic boost to ongoing unionization efforts.

News briefs | September 4, 2014 >>

The embattled Metropolitan Opera settled the last of three outstanding contracts with its largest unions on Aug. 20, clearing the final major hurdle for its season to begin on time in September.

News briefs | September 4, 2014 >>

The scandal-plagued United Neighborhood Organization will cease to operate its 16 Chicago charter schools at the end of the 2014–15 school year.

News briefs | September 4, 2014 >>

Starting this September, all students in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia public schools will receive free breakfast and lunch regardless of family income, courtesy of a federal program.

News briefs | September 4, 2014 >>

The City Council, at Mayor de Blasio’s bidding, reversed the damage done by Michael Bloomberg in 2013 to school-bus workers’ wages and benefits.

News briefs | September 4, 2014 >>

Students who believe that they will have to teach material to others remember more information than students who are told that their learning will be measured by a test, according to new research.

News briefs | June 26, 2014 >>

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has OK’d Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s bid to reduce the city’s multibillion dollar pension shortfall by cutting workers’ benefits and increasing contributions.

News briefs | June 26, 2014 >>

Coffee giant Starbucks announced on June 16 that it is partnering with Arizona State University to offer many of its 135,000 U.S. employees a free online college education — without requiring them to repay the cost or stay on with the company. But not everyone is cheering.

News briefs | June 26, 2014 >>

Character counts — and soon it could count on student report cards, too.

News briefs | June 26, 2014 >>

British Columbia’s 41,000 public school teachers walked off the job on June 17 after a weekend round of bargaining between the union and government failed to reach agreement on a new contract.

News briefs | June 26, 2014 >>

In a landmark decision with national ramifications, a Los Angeles judge on June 10 struck down the state’s laws governing teacher tenure, firings and layoffs.

News briefs | June 5, 2014 >>

Comprehensive immigration reform may be stalled in Congress, but the Obama administration strengthened regulations protecting immigrant children.

News briefs | June 5, 2014 >>

Thousands of fast-food workers in 150 American cities and another 80 cities in 32 countries hit the streets on May 15, walking off the job to demand a $15 per hour wage and the right to form a union without retaliation.

News briefs | June 5, 2014 >>

Community activists filed three federal civil rights complaints on May 13 challenging school closures in Newark, New Orleans and Chicago that they say disproportionately affect African-American students.

News briefs | June 5, 2014 >>

As part of a dramatic new approach to judging public schools, Illinois has introduced lower standards for black, Latino and low-income students — a move that has troubled civil rights advocates and some local educators.

News briefs | May 15, 2014 >>
News briefs | May 15, 2014 >>

Education Secretary Arne Duncan on April 24 revoked the state of Washington’s No Child Left Behind waiver after the state failed to tie teacher evaluations to student results on state exams.

News briefs | May 15, 2014 >>

JetBlue’s 2,529 pilots have voted to unionize.

News briefs | May 15, 2014 >>

Howard University’s adjunct faculty voted overwhelmingly on April 30 to form a union, making it the first of the nation’s 105 historically black colleges and universities to have an adjunct faculty union.

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