Friday, August 29, 2014

Education Organizers Find Power in Numbers

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By Amy Jordan What happens when you gather educators committed to improving public education, help them brush up on their organizing skills and let them loose in an unfamiliar community? They contact 550 people, gather 276 pledge cards from community members to support pro-public education candidates and collect commitment cards from 101 educators to get [...]

The Key to Fighting Privatization? Preparation

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By John Rosales Spring is usually the season when private contractors across the nation seem to crawl out of the woodwork seeking public school contracts. Why? Easy prey. Privateers know school board members are desperately trying to balance budgets for the upcoming school year. And nothing is easier for cash-strapped trustees needing to strike a [...]

2014 ESP of the Year Paula Monroe Honored at RA

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By Brenda Álvarez Paula Monroe is unequivocally an Education Support Professional (ESP), a high school secretary in Redlands, Calif. It is a title she immediately says upon meeting new people or speaking to an audience. A designation she dons proudly and one that has allowed her to nationally advocate for ESPs, raising their profile along [...]

Vermont and its Educators Lead the Way on Single Payer

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By Mary Ellen Flannery The same state that led the nation on same-sex marriage is now tackling another social justice issue: health care coverage for all of its residents. Led by Gov. Peter Shumlin, with the strong support of VT-NEA and its leaders, the state of Vermont is moving effectively toward becoming the first in [...]

Kentucky Teacher of the Year and NEA Master Teacher Lauds Online Lesson Plan to Meet Common Core State Standards

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By Janet Mednik Some may think that a state Teacher of the Year has all the answers, but Kristal Doolin, Kentucky’s top educator in 2013, knows that the classroom is a hotbed for vexing questions. Fortunately, she understands that the answers to tough questions, including the best ways to implement Common Core State Standards (CCSS), [...]

Arkansas ESP Shares Lessons On Reaching for the Stars

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Educators may spend their careers preparing lessons, but often the most memorable are those they learn themselves.  With that in mind, NEA Today asked school staff –  everyone from classroom teachers and bus drivers to guidance counselors and school nurses – to share the everyday lessons they’ve picked up along the way in a series called “What I’ve Learned.” [...]

New Program Brings More Healthy Meals to High Poverty Schools

May 31, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Child Nutrition, Featured News, Top Stories

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By John Rosales It is an unusual pairing of words: food secure. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this means to “have access to enough food for an active, healthy life.” Unfortunately, one-fifth of U.S. households with children are classified as “food insecure.” This means millions of children are not getting the food they [...]

Experts Discuss the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Common Core Rollout

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By Tim Walker Three years ago, very few education leaders and experts predicted that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) would become one of the hottest political footballs of 2014. While a certain degree of controversy was inevitable, the intensity has caught many off-guard. And recently, the comedian Louis C.K. brought the attention to a [...]

For-Profit Colleges Face New Regulations Around Student Debt

May 19, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, Higher Education, Top Stories

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By Mary Ellen Flannery After hearing from NEA and other student advocacy groups, President Obama’s administration has proposed new regulations for the for-profit colleges whose students graduate with huge debts and few jobs. Consider the recent graduate who told NEA that he owed about $225,000 after earning a master’s degree in “entertainment business” from Full [...]

How Bad Are Waste and Fraud at Charter Schools? This Bad.

May 14, 2014 by twalker  
Filed under Charter Schools, Featured News, Top Stories

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By Edward Graham Lax oversight and limited accountability has led to a shocking misuse of taxpayer funds by charter schools nationwide, according to a new report from the Center for Popular Democracy and Integrity in Education. “We expected to find a fair amount of fraud when we began this project, but we did not expect to [...]

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