Friday, October 24, 2014

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

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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 [...]

An un-dynamic duo: Romney announces Ryan as VP pick

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By Amanda Litvinov High profile couplings often make one stop and wonder: What do these two see in each other? But there’s little mystery in the case of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his vice presidential pick, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, which was announced earlier today. The two have a lot in common when [...]

Reaching the Summit of Teaching is a Challenge

September 27, 2011 by Rebeca Logan  
Filed under Academics, Featured News, NEA, Top Stories

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By John Rosales NEA President Dennis Van Roekel stressed the need to boost teacher recruitment and training, and to use multiple measures in evaluating teachers, during a panel discussion Monday held in conjunction with the second annual Education Nation Summit in New York City. At the week-long event which started Sunday, parents, educators and students [...]

GOP Budget Slashes Education and Health Services

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By Mary Ellen Flannery On Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled his much-anticipated 2012 budget proposal. Ryan calls his program The Path to Prosperity, which it probably is – if you happen to be rich and are looking to get richer. If, on the other hand, you are a middle-class American who [...]

House of Representatives Slashes Education for Low-Income Kids

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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

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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 [...]

PISA 2009: U.S. Students in the Middle of the Pack

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by Tim Walker The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the results of the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) on Tuesday morning, showing that U.S. students are ranked average in reading and science, and below average in math. Among the 34 OECD countries, the United States ranks 14th in reading, 17th [...]

Graduation Rates Rising But Still Not High Enough

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By Mary Ellen Flannery It can work! In states across the country, the seemingly intractable issue of dropouts, dropouts and more dropouts, actually has improved significantly, shows a report released today by the deans of dropout research, Bob Balvanz and John Bridgland. No one silver bullet deserves all the credit: Rather, a careful combination of [...]

Connecting Culture to the Classroom for Achievement

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By Amy Buffenbarger Diversity in the San Carlos Unified School District in Arizona isn’t amongst the students, it’s between the students and their teachers. The district is located on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, one of the poorest American Indian communities in the United States. One hundred percent of the students are American Indian. [...]

NEA’s Waiting for Superman Resources

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A barrel-chested comic book character must save public education? Compelling soundbite to sell a movie maybe but when it comes to real education reform, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel gives the American public more credit than the backers of Waiting for Superman. “Nowhere in the film or its discussion have teachers’ voices been heard,” says [...]

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