News briefs: Thursday, March 1, 2018

  • Chicago’s public and charter school unions merge March 1, 2018

    The Chicago Teachers Union announced on Jan. 29 that its members had voted to merge with the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff.

  • Families for Excellent Schools to disband March 1, 2018

    The pro-charter group Families for Excellent Schools announced Feb. 5 that it will cease operations after its founder and CEO, Jeremiah Kittredge, was terminated for “inappropriate behavior.”

  • U.S. Education Dept. locks out teachers unions March 1, 2018

    AFT President Randi Weingarten and Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, were met with locked doors at the U.S. Education Department on Feb. 8 when they attempted to deliver more than 80,000 report cards grading Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on her first year in office.

  • Koch network spending big to erode public education March 1, 2018

    Billionaire Charles Koch and his allies are pouring money into a massive campaign to transform education in the United States from a fundamental right to a commodity.

  • Puerto Rico faces school privatization after Maria March 1, 2018

    Puerto Rico’s governor announced on Feb. 5 that he will pursue school privatization policies as the island continues to suffer from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

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