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News briefs | May 5, 2016 >>

An arbitrator has ordered the Los Angeles Unified School District to pay $7.1 million to a San Fernando Valley charter school for failing to provide the school with rent-free classroom space, as required by state law. 

News briefs | May 5, 2016 >>

Six years after former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee launched StudentsFirst to great fanfare on the Oprah Winfrey show, the controversial nonprofit is merging with 50Can, another education advocacy group with similar goals. StudentsFirst promoted charter schools and the use of student test scores to evaluate teachers, among other education policy stances. 

News briefs | May 5, 2016 >>

The New York City Employees Retirement System has divested its $1.5 billion portfolio of hedge funds, citing poor performance and high fees. “We have not seen the results that we had expected,” said trustee Henry Garrido, the executive director of District Council 37 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. 

News briefs | May 5, 2016 >>

Wisconsin’s right-to-work law championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker was struck down by a state court on April 8. Circuit Court Judge C. William Foust called the 2015 law a violation of the state constitution, which prohibits the taking of private property without compensation.

News briefs | May 5, 2016 >>

Thousands of Chicago teachers participated in a one-day strike on April 1 to draw attention to the ongoing contract battle between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools over pay, pension and staffing levels in the school district. 

News briefs | April 7, 2016 >>

Teach for America, the controversial nonprofit that places recent college graduates in low-income school districts across the country, will eliminate its diversity office this fall as part of a larger reorganization that includes layoffs.

News briefs | April 7, 2016 >>

More than 1,000 Boston public school students staged a walkout on March 7 to protest the city’s plan to cut up to $12 million from the Boston Public Schools budget.

News briefs | April 7, 2016 >>

The AFL-CIO has launched a massive campaign to inform voters of the perils of a Trump presidency for working people and unions.

News briefs | April 7, 2016 >>

Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s selection to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, has rarely ruled against the National Labor Relations Board in his nearly two decades on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit.

News briefs | April 7, 2016 >>

A new national study finds that black students and students with disabilities at charter schools were suspended at higher rates than their peers attending traditional public schools.

News briefs | March 3, 2016 >>

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and the Republican-dominated Legislature in February dismantled the state’s civil service system, eliminating job-applicant exams, centralizing hiring decisions and removing protections or “bumping rights” for senior employees during layoffs.

News briefs | March 3, 2016 >>

The West Virginia Legislature overrode a veto by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Feb. 12 to become the nation’s 26th right-to-work state.

News briefs | March 3, 2016 >>

The District of Columbia Public Schools, led by Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, will introduce a new system of training and evaluating teachers in the fall that is expected to set the agenda for similar changes in schools around the country.

News briefs | March 3, 2016 >>

Mold, rodents and water-damaged ceilings were among the unsafe classroom conditions cited in a recently filed lawsuit against the Detroit Public Schools by the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan, the Detroit Federation of Teachers and parent groups.

News briefs | March 3, 2016 >>

Members of the Los Angeles teachers union voted on Feb. 10 to raise their annual dues.

News briefs | January 7, 2016 >>

Seattle became the first U.S. city to pass a law giving drivers for Uber and Lyft the right to unionize.

News briefs | January 7, 2016 >>

After decades of failed attempts, the United Auto Workers on Dec. 4 won its first union election at a foreign-owned auto plant in the southern United States.

News briefs | January 7, 2016 >>

The Chicago Teachers Union’s 27,000 members have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike if ongoing contract negotiations fail, the union announced on Dec. 14.

News briefs | January 7, 2016 >>

A New Mexico judge has temporarily barred schools from using the state’s controversial test-based teacher evaluations to make personnel decisions.

News briefs | December 23, 2015 >>

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave U.S. high schools generally good marks for their teaching of sex education, but indicated in its Dec. 9 School Health Profiles report that many areas still need improvement.

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