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Mississippi voters on Nov. 3 shot down a citizen-proposed constitutional amendment that would have increased funding for the state’s public schools, which have underperformed for years.
Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation on Nov. 9 that prohibits his state, New Jersey, from imposing financial sanctions on schools with high percentages of students choosing not to take state exams.
As low-income workers across the country walked off the job and rallied on Nov. 10 as part of the Fight for $15, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that, by executive authority, he will increase the minimum wage for New York State employees to $15 an hour.
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has issued a temporary restraining order against a charter network that has been interfering with teachers’ efforts to form a union with United Teachers Los Angeles, the city’s AFT affiliate.
The for-profit college company, Education Management Corporation, will pay $95.5 million to resolve a 2007 whistleblower lawsuit that said the company illegally paid recruiters based on the number of students they recruited, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced at a press conference on Nov. 16.
One of the Teamsters’ largest pension funds, the decades-old Central States Pension Fund, has told more than 400,000 workers and retirees that it must slash their benefits, in some cases by 50 percent or more.
Former Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett will plead guilty to wire fraud and mail fraud in a case involving $23 million in no-bid school contracts, U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon announced on Oct. 8.
Teachers in East St. Louis entered their fourth full week on strike at the end of October as their union and the school district continue difficult negotiations for a new contract.
Ohio lawmakers on Oct. 7 overwhelmingly passed a charter school reform law that will overhaul the state’s embattled charter sector.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced on Oct. 2 that he intends to step down from his position by the end of the year, when he will be replaced by John B. King Jr., currently the deputy secretary of education and New York State’s former education commissioner.
Citing a disconnect between education research and policy, renowned Stanford education professor Linda Darling-Hammond has launched a new education think tank, the Learning Policy Institute, with offices in Palo Alto and Washington.
President Obama on Sept. 7 issued an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide at least seven days of paid sick leave to employees, the latest in a recent series of workplace reforms put forward by this administration.
The Seattle Education Association on Sept. 20 approved a new contract, officially ending a five-day strike that had delayed the start of school.
The number of black public school teachers in some of the nation’s largest cities dropped markedly between 2002 and 2012, according to a new study by the AFT-funded Albert Shanker Institute.
Washington state’s Supreme Court has become the first in the nation to rule that charter schools are not public schools and therefore cannot receive state education funding.
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The news site Vice on Aug. 7 became the fourth new media site to unionize this summer, following in the steps of Gawker, Salon and The Guardian US.
Parents and community activists in the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Bronzeville on Chicago’s south side, as of Sept. 1, were in the third week of a hunger strike that began on Aug. 17 to demand the reopening of a neighborhood high school as an open-enrollment, district-run school.
In a positive sign for other charter-school organizing drives around the country, a National Labor Relations Board hearing officer ruled on July 31 that Teach for America teachers at a Detroit charter school chain are eligible to join the same bargaining unit as other teachers at the chain.
Washington State’s highest court on Aug. 13 imposed a hefty $100,000 per-day fine on the state for failing to come up with a plan to fully fund education from kindergarten through high school.