Friday, April 18, 2014

‘The University is For Sale’: Koch Brothers Target Higher Education

April 6, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, Higher Education, Top Stories

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By Mary Ellen Flannery The billionaire Koch brothers, famous for the more than $400 million they funneled to right-wing candidates in the 2012 state elections, aren’t just bankrolling politicians to do the dirty work of their anti-worker agenda—they’re also investing in the minds of young people. In 2012, two of the six private charitable foundations [...]

Why Are Teachers in North Carolina Being Asked to Swap Due Process for a Pay Raise?

March 18, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, State News, Top Stories

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By Tim Walker If you were an educator in the state that ranks 46th in teacher salaries and have received only a paltry one percent pay raise in five years, the prospect of securing a bonus of $5000 should be welcome news. But what if the pay hike was contingent upon you trading away every [...]

College Costs Increasing Dramatically For Poor Students. For Wealthy Students? Not So Much

March 16, 2014 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery The price of a college education has skyrocketed over the past decade—but not for wealthy Americans. Recent federal data shows it’s actually the families who can least afford a college education who have seen their costs double or triple over the past five years, as they bear the brunt of outrageous [...]

Read Across America, Southern Style

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By Anita Merina Under bright sunny skies, NEA’s Read Across America Cat-a-Van Tour 3 rolled south, beginning its tour in Columbia, South Carolina to the delight of hundreds of elementary students. The tour began at Bradley Elementary School with students and teachers lining the school’s long driveway and the school band playing in the background. [...]

Former NEA Executive Committee Member Paula Monroe Named 2014 NEA ESP of the Year

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By John Rosales Everybody knows Paula. Ask any of the approximately 1,000 attendees of NEA’s Education Support Professional (ESP) Conference in San Francisco about Paula Monroe and most everyone will know the name. Others will know the face. In her 26 years with the Redlands Unified School District in California, Monroe has compiled an impressive [...]

Michigan Celebrates Read Across America Day!

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By Mary Ellen Flannery “Can you say, ‘Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss’?” asked NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. Yes, you can! And yes, they did! Maybe not in a boat, nor with a goat, but 45 million students, parents, and educators celebrated NEA’s Read Across America this year, “in schools like this one, and also in [...]

Read Across America Tour Rolls Into Oklahoma

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By Brenda Álvarez After covering almost 800 miles of ground, NEA’s Read Across America Cat-a-Van Tour 1 capped off a week’s worth of reading celebrations on Friday in Oklahoma with two school visits. Steed Elementary School in Midwest City was the first stop of the Oklahoma tour. Firefighters from Midwest City Fire Department Ladder 2 [...]

NEA President: We Need a Course Correction on Common Core

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By Dennis Van Roekel During my 23 years as a high school math teacher, I learned some important lessons.  One of the most important was that effective teaching and learning required me at times to be the teacher and at other times, the student. I listened closely to my students because they were the ones [...]

Educators Being Heard on Common Core Implementation

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By Tim Walker In January, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) rebuked the state’s deeply flawed Common Core implementation by voting to withdraw its support of the standards as implemented. NYSUT’s dramatic decision reverberated across the nation. State officials have been put on notice: Implementation must be done with us, not to us. Without a [...]

The Countdown to NEA’s Read Across America 2014 Has Begun!

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By Anita Merina In Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association president Michelle Johnson is planning a reading block party featuring storybook characters and book giveaways. In Sioux City, Iowa, NEA-Retired member Sue Wiele is dusting off her favorite Sam I Am costume. And in Louisiana, NEA Education Support Professional member Ruthie Wright is rounding up [...]

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