News briefs

June 7, 2018

State government takes over special ed in Chicago

The Illinois state Board of Education on May 16 assumed far-reaching authority over special education in Chicago’s public schools. 

North Carolina teachers stage one-day walkout

North Carolina experienced the largest organized political action by teachers in the state’s history on May 16 as tens of thousands of teachers walked off the job to rally in the state capital for higher wages and education funding. The event shut down public schools for more than 1 million students.

DeVos bashes bans on tax dollars in religious schools

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos denounced state constitutional amendments preventing public funds from being spent on private religious schools in a May 16 speech to the Alfred E. Smith Foundation in New York City. These amendments are on the books in 37 states, including New York and DeVos’ home state of Michigan.

Missouri passes new restrictions on unions

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos denounced state constitutional amendments preventing public funds from being spent on private religious schools in a May 16 speech to the Alfred E. Smith Foundation in New York City. These amendments are on the books in 37 states, including New York and DeVos’ home state of Michigan.

DeVos cuts fraud investigations at for-profit colleges

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has largely dismantled her department’s team responsible for investigating fraud and abuse at for-profit colleges.

May 3, 2018

Arizona teachers vote for first statewide walkout

Educators in Arizona became the latest to join the wave of job actions when they voted on April 19 to launch the state’s first-ever statewide walkout. Arizona’s governor, Doug Ducey, had offered teachers a 20 percent pay increase by 2020, beginning with a 9 percent increase next year.

Kentucky teachers stage sickouts after pension cuts

Schools in more than 20 Kentucky counties closed on March 30 after teachers walked off the job in angry protest of a pension bill that Republican lawmakers sneaked through the Legislature.

Oklahoma teachers stage nine-day walkout

Oklahoma teachers walked off the job on April 3 to demand teacher and support-staff raises and better funding for their schools.

April 5, 2018

Pearson to sell U.S. K–12 curriculum business

Global education corporation Pearson will sell off its K–12 curriculum business in the United States.

Students stage mass walkouts against gun violence

Tens of thousands of students walked out of schools across the country on March 14 to protest Congressional inaction on gun violence.

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