Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Experts Discuss How to Expand STEM Initiatives Experts Discuss How to Expand STEM Initiatives

By Luke Towler As an eighth-grade science teacher, NEA Vice President Rebecca Pringle always encouraged her students to stick with science, hoping they would subsequently pursue careers in the field. “I wanted to know that when they had a choice not to take science anymore, they would continue,” Pringle said during a panel discussion on Sept. 25.... [Read more]

What Recovery? Schools Still Reeling From Budget Cuts What Recovery? Schools Still Reeling From Budget Cuts

By Janet Rivera Mednik In Virginia’s Prince William County, buses that once shuttled middle school students home from after-school activities have been parked. The reason? Lack of funding has shut students out from athletics, clubs, and after-school help. Budget cuts over the last several years have made this situation typical, exacting a heavy toll... [Read more]

11 Highlights from NEA’s Midwest Back to School Tour 11 Highlights from NEA’s Midwest Back to School Tour

By Amy Jordan NEA President Lily Eskelsen García wrapped up the 2014 NEA Back to School Tour with a swing through the midwest. She met with educators and students at great schools across Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin and campaigned to make public education a priority for lawmakers. Here are just a few of the many highlights.  Read More →

Video: Lily Eskelsen García on ‘Morning Joe’ Video: Lily Eskelsen García on ‘Morning Joe’

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García appeared on ‘Morning Joe’ on MSNBC on Thursday to talk about the failures of education ‘reform’ and why the U.S. should follow the examples of countries that improve student achievement without “test and punish” regimes.  Read More →

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Union Sues State over Teacher Evaluation System

A union representing New Mexico school employees filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to stop a new teacher evaluation system that heavily emphasizes student scores on standardized tests in rating the effectiveness of educators. The lawsuit, filed by the National Education Association New Mexico targets one of Gov. Susana Martinez’s signature education reforms. Source: The Santa Fe New Mexican

Enrollment in U.S. Colleges Declines for a Second Year

Enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities declined in 2013 for the second straight year as registrations in two-year colleges tumbled. College enrollment dropped 2.3 percent to 19.5 million, a decline of 463,000, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. Enrollment in two-year colleges fell 9.6 percent to 5.27 million students, while four-year college enrollment rose 1.2 percent, according to the report. A cumulative decline of 930,000 for 2012 and 2013 follows a period of steady increase in higher education sign-ups from 2006 through 2011, when college enrollment rose by 3.2 million. Source: Bloomberg Businessweek


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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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