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California embraces community schooling

California is launching a seven-year initiative to convert potentially thousands of schools into full-service, parent-focused community schools.

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Starbucks fires 20 union organizers

Starbucks is using aggressive tactics to squash the efforts of workers seeking to unionize at the world’s largest coffeehouse chain.

Andrew Giuliani

Conservatives fare poorly in NY school board races

An analysis of preliminary results from New York State’s May 17 school board elections found that the majority of conservative “parents’ rights” candidates, who oppose mask mandates, critical race theory and other policies, were trounced in their races.

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AFT affiliates with college professor organization

In a deal that promises to accelerate labor organizing on campuses, the governing councils of the American Association of University Professors and the American Federation of Teachers in March agreed to a formal affiliation that would unite nearly 316,000 academic employees.

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Amazon workers on Staten Island unionize

Minneapolis educators approved a new contract nearly three weeks after going on strike for higher wages, smaller class sizes, protections for educators of color and mental health support.

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Minneapolis educators approve contract to end strike

Minneapolis educators approved a new contract nearly three weeks after going on strike for higher wages, smaller class sizes, protections for educators of color and mental health support.

Jesse Sharkey

Chicago Teachers Union president won’t run again

The president of the Chicago Teachers Union, Jesse Sharkey, announced on Feb. 2 that he would not be running for reelection in May.

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Efforts to restrict teaching of racism multiply

A nationwide campaign to restrict the teaching of racism and bias is affecting the education of more than 17.7 million public school students, according to a new UCLA study.

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Starbucks workers fight to unionize

Workers at 15 Starbucks locations across the United States announced union organization efforts on Jan. 31, joining a growing unionization wave at the coffee giant.

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Teacher shortages abruptly close schools

Schools around the United States are canceling in-person instruction with very little notice due to staffing issues, including teacher shortages and staff fatigue, exacerbated by the pandemic.