Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Teacher Contract Campaign Puts Student Learning Front and Center Teacher Contract Campaign Puts Student Learning Front and Center

By Mary Ellen Flannery The yard signs multiplied in the snowy front yards of St. Paul, Minnesota, by the hundreds early this year, and they said, often in hand-drawn red letters, “St. Paul children deserve… Small Class Sizes!!” Or, “St. Paul children deserve… Librarians!” Or “St Paul children deserve… Teaching Not Testing!” The answer... [Read more]


NEA’s Back to School Tour Highlights Opportunity Gap in Public Education NEA’s Back to School Tour Highlights Opportunity Gap in Public Education

By Amy Jordan If you ask the students at Pyne Poynt Middle School in Camden, New Jersey what they would like to have at their school, the answers are simple. “An art teacher.” “Clubs to participate in.” “Some color on our walls.” That’s what NEA President Lily Ekselsen García found out during the New Jersey leg of NEA’s 2014 Back to... [Read more]


Poll: Public Rejects Teacher Evaluations Based on Student Test Scores Poll: Public Rejects Teacher Evaluations Based on Student Test Scores

By Tim Walker More evidence that the country is waking up to toxic standardized testing can be found in the new PDK/Gallup poll on the Public’s Attitude Towards Public Schools. According to the poll released on Tuesday, only 38 percent of the public – and only 31 percent of parents – support using  student standardized test scores to evaluate... [Read more]


NEA President Salutes Florida Educators For Focusing on the Whole Child NEA President Salutes Florida Educators For Focusing on the Whole Child

By Brenda Álvarez The Florida Education Association (FEA) served as host to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, who traveled to the Sunshine State as part of the Association’s Back-to-School tour, where she visited schools in Miami and Osceola County. The journey took a telescopic look at public education, showcasing the herculean efforts of dedicated... [Read more]


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Must Reads

L.A. Schools Police will Return Grenade Launchers

Los Angeles Unified school police officials said Tuesday that the department will relinquish some of the military weaponry it acquired through a federal program that furnishes local law enforcement with surplus equipment. The move comes as education and civil rights groups have called on the U.S. Department of Defense to halt the practice for schools. The Los Angeles School Police Department, which serves the nation’s second-largest school system, will return three grenade launchers but intends to keep 61 rifles and a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicle it received through the program. Source: Los Angeles Times


Guess What? Millennials Are Readers

Millennials may be thought of as the iPhone generation, but it seems plenty of them still enjoy an old-fashioned book. Pew Research surveyed 6,000 Americans ages 16 and over for a report called “Younger Americans andPublic Libraries.” They found that 88% of adults under 30 read a book in the past year, while only 79% of those 30 and over read one. Adults 65 and over were the age group least likely to have read a book this year, according to Pew. Source: USA Today


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Ahead in Ed

National Hispanic American Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens who trace their ancestry to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and South America. Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more.


NEA’s 2014 Back to School Tour

With the start of the new school year, the National Education Association (NEA) is set to hit the road for its “Back to School” tour. Beginning in California on August 19th, other stops are scheduled for Florida, New Jersey, and Texas, where Lily Eskelsen García, the newly elected NEA President who takes office on September 1, and other NEA leaders will meet with members and community partners to raise awareness on issues affecting the nation’s public schools. Check here for daily updates.


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