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February 2, 2017

21 states and D.C. to raise minimum wages in 2017

A minimum wage increase took effect at the start of the year in 19 states, bolstering the incomes of millions of workers from coast to coast.

Trump delays regulations on school accountability

The Trump administration on Jan. 20 issued an executive order freezing all Obama-era regulations not yet in effect, including the regulation governing accountability for the Every Student Succeeds Act, the 1-year-old federal education law.

U.S. Postal Service will pull out of Staples

The U.S. Postal Service will cease providing post office services at Staples stores by March.

Workers in France gain the ‘right to disconnect’

As of Jan. 1, workers in France gained freedom from work during off hours — a provision dubbed the “right to disconnect.”

Kentucky passes controversial ‘right-to-work’ law

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed into law a bill blocking unions in the state from collecting dues from the non-member workers they represent.

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.

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