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At least 250 million of the world’s 650 million primary school–age children can’t read, write or do basic mathematics, according to a report released by the United Nations on Jan. 29.
Narrowly avoiding a teachers strike in Oregon’s largest school district, Portland school officials and the Portland Association of Teachers on Feb. 18 signed a tentative contract agreement that will see the district hire 150 new teachers in an effort to reduce class sizes and teacher workloads.
Around 1,600 Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn., voted Feb. 14 against joining the United Auto Workers, delivering the union a stinging defeat in what was arguably its most important organizing drive in years.
Kellogg’s is the maker of Frosted Flakes with its well-known advertising slogan, “They’re grrrreat!” The company has long been considered a fair employer where blue-collar workers could earn a middle-class living.
Two new studies indicate that physical education can help to boost academic achievement. Aerobically fit students in two states were more than twice as likely to pass math and reading tests than students who were not aerobically fit.
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night may shut down your local post office, but a new privatization scheme by the U.S. Postal Service could.
Layoffs of public-sector workers combined with political attacks that have undermined their collective-bargaining rights have reduced the overall number of unionized public employees by 118,000.
After a 15-month lockout, the musicians and management of the Minnesota Orchestra announced on Jan. 14 that they have reached a new three-year contract agreement, bringing to a close the longest labor dispute in the history of American classical music.
Seeking to help schools that serve students with the most needs, California has enacted sweeping reforms to the way it funds public schools. The new system directs additional funds to schools with large numbers of disadvantaged students and gives local educators more say over how to spend the money. It represents the state’s most dramatic overhaul of school funding in 40 years.
Teacher tenure is on trial in a Los Angeles courtroom as so-called education reformers challenge teachers unions over fundamental job protections.
Five school principals in Newark, N.J., who were suspended in January for speaking out against a planned restructuring of the school system have sued in federal court, alleging that their First Amendment right to free speech was violated.
Thirty-one thousand machinists’ union members at Boeing in Washington state on Jan. 3 approved by a slim margin a new contract in which the company guaranteed to base its production of a new model of airplane in the state in exchange for significant cuts to workers’ wages and retirement benefits.
AFT President Randi Weingarten blasted Newark and state school officials at a recent rally for failing to support the district’s schools while cutting budgets and aggressively expanding charters in what has become a high-profile battle in New Jersey’s largest school system.
After a near doubling of political donations from individuals affiliated with charter schools, the Texas state Legislature passed a law dramatically increasing the number of charter schools allowed in the state.
Roughly 1.3 million out-of-work Americans received a post-Christmas jolt as their unemployment insurance ended abruptly on Dec. 28 after Congress failed to renew it.
The new year was a bit brighter for the approximately 2.5 million low-wage workers in 13 states where the minimum wage increased effective Jan. 1.
Research showing that obese children perform below normal-weight peers on math and reading assessments has attributed the cause to health issues linked to obesity. But a new study finds that the social stigma suffered by obese children may affect their academic performance. The research published in Child Development found that math achievement among obese children in elementary school varies depending on when the child became obese and whether it has affected the child’s social and emotional functioning.
The Los Angeles school district’s plan to spend $1 billion equipping 650,000 students with iPads has been scaled back after getting off to a rocky start.
U.S. students continue to lag behind their counterparts in many countries in Asia and elsewhere in the world, according to the results of a well-regarded international test.
Rhode Island’s more than 540 newly unionized family child care providers are expected to begin negotiations this month for a first contract with the state.