Saturday, October 25, 2014

“I Was There!” Teachers are Witness to History at the March on Washington


By Rebeca Logan In his first week as a high school teacher, Harry Klugel nervously asked his principal for a day off. It was August of 1963 and Klugel wanted to attend the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where thousands were expected to gather around the call for civil rights and economic justice [...]

No Miracles: Rick Perry’s Record on Jobs and Education

October 4, 2011 by twalker  
Filed under Education Funding, Featured News, Jobs, Top Stories


By Mary Ellen Flannery and Tim Walker Rick Perry, governor of Texas and top 2012 GOP presidential contender, enjoys boasting that his state has been generating jobs while the rest of the nation struggles – the “Texas Miracle” his supporters like to call it. Perry also says Texas schools, despite being walloped by more than $5 [...]

Educators Visit Capitol Hill to Lobby for the American Jobs Act


By Tim Walker Cherine Akbari was looking forward to a second year as a social studies teacher at Northeast High School in Oakland Park, Florida. “I had found a job that I was really good at,” she recalls. “I loved making history interesting for students.” But on May 6, she became one of the 1400 [...]

Community Colleges Critical For Job Creation, Says Obama


By Mary Ellen Flannery When Winston Bender graduates next year from Northern Virginia Community College with an associate’s degree in automotive technology, he knows he’ll have a job waiting. Standing next to him is proof — Kul “Jimmy” Heo, a recent graduate who had no problems getting a paycheck. “I am the proof!” he says, [...]

A Wave of Teacher Retirements on the Horizon


By Mary Ellen Flannery In Wisconsin, the number of state employees who have applied to retire this year is already 73 percent over last year – and public schools are bracing for a full-on stampede before contracts end in June. Educators simply can’t afford to stay on. With Gov. Scott Walker’s success in gutting collective [...]

House of Representatives Slashes Education for Low-Income Kids


By Mary Ellen Flannery Almost 200,000 of this nation’s neediest children would lose their slots in Head Start programs, if U.S. Senators opt to approve a draconian federal budget passed by House Republicans last month. On Wednesday, the Senate agreed to approve a much smaller menu of spending reductions to prevent an imminent government shutdown, [...]

Wisconsin Educators Stand Firm, Fight For Workers’ Rights Goes National

February 20, 2011 by twalker  
Filed under Featured News, Jobs, NEA, State News, Top Stories


by Tim Walker As the historic protest in Madison stretched into it its sixth day, educators and public employees have succeeded in exposing the true intent behind Gov. Scott Walker’s so-called “budget” proposals: an all-out attack on the right of state workers to have a voice in their profession. State employees have already signaled their [...]

Labor Secretary Thanks NEA for Work on Children, Families, Schools

December 10, 2010 by cmccabe  
Filed under Featured News, Jobs, NEA Headquarters, Top Stories


By Cynthia McCabe Failure to extend unemployment benefits will imperil working and middle class families, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis told NEA’s Board of Directors Friday, calling on Congress to immediately pass legislation to help. The educators who comprise NEA’s board know better than anyone the impact on children when families cannot meet their basic needs, Solis said. [...]

One Nation Rally Touts Education, Jobs

October 4, 2010 by cmccabe  
Filed under Featured News, Jobs, NEA, Top Stories


By Meredith Barnett Tens of thousands of activists, including hundreds of NEA-member teachers and education support professionals, gathered Saturday at the One Nation Working Together Rally to call on Washington for justice, jobs and education. One of these advocates was Rita Darragh-Connors, who traveled over 150 miles from Allentown, Pa., to march for her middle [...]

One Nation March Saturday Focuses on Education, Jobs


By Cynthia McCabe Soccer practice can wait. The leaves will be there next weekend for raking. Everything can be put on hold for a day to march on Washington on behalf of the new civil rights movement — jobs and education for all. Tens of thousands are expected to converge on the National Mall Saturday [...]

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