News briefs

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.

News briefs | December 3, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | December 3, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | December 3, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | December 3, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | December 3, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | November 5, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | November 5, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | November 5, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | November 5, 2015 >>

Ohio lawmakers on Oct. 7 overwhelmingly passed a charter school reform law that will overhaul the state’s embattled charter sector.

News briefs | November 5, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | October 1, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | October 1, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | October 1, 2015 >>

The Seattle Education Association on Sept. 20 approved a new contract, officially ending a five-day strike that had delayed the start of school.

News briefs | October 1, 2015 >>

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.

News briefs | October 1, 2015 >>

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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