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News briefs | March 5, 2015 >>

Closing the education gap between the nation’s rich and poor students could significantly boost the economy and government revenue, the Washington Center for Equitable Growth reports in a new study.

News briefs | March 5, 2015 >>

Billionaire Eli Broad has suspended his foundation’s $1 million annual award to honor the best urban school systems, out of concern that school districts are not improving quickly enough.

News briefs | March 5, 2015 >>

Stealing a page from ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s corporate playbook, the North Carolina State Board of Education on Feb. 5 released A–F letter grades for all of the state’s public schools.

News briefs | March 5, 2015 >>

So-called “right-to-work” laws are all the rage among Republican governors in the Midwest.

News briefs | March 5, 2015 >>

A New Jersey judge ordered Gov. Chris Christie to reverse a $1.57 billion cut he made to New Jersey’s public pension system

News briefs | February 5, 2015 >>

Just 1 percent of the world’s population holds nearly half of all wealth, and their share is growing.

News briefs | February 5, 2015 >>

Labor unions joined with progressive lawmakers, consumer advocates, environmentalists, and social justice and human rights lobbyists to launch a campaign against trade legislation that would allow the president and Congress to speed approval of free trade agreements.

News briefs | February 5, 2015 >>

More than half of all U.S. public school students now receive free or reduced-price lunch, a new analysis of 2013 federal data reveals.

News briefs | February 5, 2015 >>

A major political fight has broken out in Washington, D.C., over whether to change the No Child Left Behind Act’s annual testing requirements, considered by many to be its defining feature, as Congress gears up to reauthorize the chief federal education law.

News briefs | February 5, 2015 >>

Adjunct professors are organizing unions at a growing number of colleges across the country, especially in California, where part-time faculty at almost a dozen colleges are now in the midst of organizing drives or first-time contract negotiations.

News briefs | January 8, 2015 >>

Students in the Los Angeles Unified School District will soon be required to take ethnic studies in order to graduate from high school.

News briefs | January 8, 2015 >>

Teach for America may miss its recruitment goal for new “corps members” for the next school year by more than 25 percent, according to officials with the organization.

News briefs | January 8, 2015 >>

Striking graduate students at the University of Oregon triumphantly ended their walkout on Dec. 10 after eight days on the picket line.

News briefs | January 8, 2015 >>

New York University has acknowledged that procedures meant to protect workers during construction of its new campus in Shanghai were not followed.

News briefs | January 8, 2015 >>

The American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware and the Community Legal Aid Society filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights on Dec. 3 charging that the state’s charter school laws have led to de facto resegregation of Delaware’s public schools that violates the rights of minority students and students with disabilities.

News briefs | December 4, 2014 >>

Thousands of high school seniors from across Colorado put down their pencils and picked up protest signs to boycott the state’s new standardized tests in social studies and science.

News briefs | December 4, 2014 >>

Six school districts and parents of schoolchildren submitted a brief on Nov. 10 accusing Pennsylvania of violating its state constitution by skimping on education funding.

News briefs | December 4, 2014 >>

Voters in states and cities across the country cast ballots on Nov. 4 in favor of higher minimum wages and guaranteed paid sick days.

News briefs | December 4, 2014 >>

Incumbent Tom Torlakson defeated challenger Marshall Tuck in the race for California’s superintendent of public instruction, a heated contest that became the most expensive on the state ballot.

News briefs | December 4, 2014 >>

Walmart workers from across California held the first sit-down strike in the retail giant’s history, staging the protest inside two Los Angeles-area stores on Nov. 13.

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