News briefs

News briefs | November 6, 2014 >>

If you thought Walmart couldn’t get any more exploitative, think again.

News briefs | November 6, 2014 >>

U.S. charter schools are increasingly funding their expansion through the issuance of municipal debt, with Texas schools leading the pack.

News briefs | November 6, 2014 >>

A report by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association New Orleans, a community organization, has found that two-thirds of New Orleans public schools had registration forms that could discourage undocumented immigrants from enrolling, possibly in violation of federal law.

News briefs | November 6, 2014 >>

The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity at the University of Minnesota Law School has released a report that concludes that Chicago’s massive experiment with charter schools has been a failure.

News briefs | November 6, 2014 >>

John Deasy, the controversial superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, resigned his position on Oct. 16 amid an investigation into the fairness of the bidding process for a $1.3 billion program to provide all Los Angeles public school students and teachers with iPads.

News briefs | October 2, 2014 >>

CNN ordered to rehire fired workers.

News briefs | October 2, 2014 >>

Ending a months-long strike, British Columbia’s 41,000 teachers and their employer reached a contract agreement, but not all teachers are happy.

News briefs | October 2, 2014 >>

Philly parents and advocacy group sue state over school conditions.

News briefs | October 2, 2014 >>

In Newark, N.J., students and community members held street protest over superintendent's reorganization of schools.

News briefs | October 2, 2014 >>

New union cleared for takeoff at American Airlines

News briefs | September 4, 2014 >>

The National Labor Relations Board said on July 29 that McDonald’s could be held jointly liable for labor and wage violations perpetrated by its franchise operators in a ruling that could upend fast food labor practices and give a dramatic boost to ongoing unionization efforts.

News briefs | September 4, 2014 >>

The embattled Metropolitan Opera settled the last of three outstanding contracts with its largest unions on Aug. 20, clearing the final major hurdle for its season to begin on time in September.

News briefs | September 4, 2014 >>

The scandal-plagued United Neighborhood Organization will cease to operate its 16 Chicago charter schools at the end of the 2014–15 school year.

News briefs | September 4, 2014 >>

Starting this September, all students in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia public schools will receive free breakfast and lunch regardless of family income, courtesy of a federal program.

News briefs | September 4, 2014 >>

The City Council, at Mayor de Blasio’s bidding, reversed the damage done by Michael Bloomberg in 2013 to school-bus workers’ wages and benefits.

News briefs | June 26, 2014 >>

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has OK’d Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s bid to reduce the city’s multibillion dollar pension shortfall by cutting workers’ benefits and increasing contributions.

News briefs | June 26, 2014 >>

Coffee giant Starbucks announced on June 16 that it is partnering with Arizona State University to offer many of its 135,000 U.S. employees a free online college education — without requiring them to repay the cost or stay on with the company. But not everyone is cheering.

News briefs | June 26, 2014 >>

Character counts — and soon it could count on student report cards, too.

News briefs | June 26, 2014 >>

British Columbia’s 41,000 public school teachers walked off the job on June 17 after a weekend round of bargaining between the union and government failed to reach agreement on a new contract.

News briefs | June 26, 2014 >>

In a landmark decision with national ramifications, a Los Angeles judge on June 10 struck down the state’s laws governing teacher tenure, firings and layoffs.

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