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

March 18, 2014 by twalker  
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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 [...]

Fighting Budget Cuts, North Carolina Educators Dig In For the Long Haul

August 6, 2013 by twalker  
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By Brenda Álvarez Schools may still be out for the summer in North Carolina, but thousands of educators in the Tar Heel State have spent much of July and August rallying in opposition to devastating cuts to public education. Teachers, education support professionals, parents, and school administrators have come out in droves in massive public [...]

NEA Mourns for Oklahoma in Wake of Tornado Tragedy

May 21, 2013 by clong  
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By Edward Graham A massive tornado ripped through Oklahoma yesterday afternoon, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds more as it carved a 22-mile long path of destruction across parts of southern Oklahoma City and its surrounding suburbs. In the city of Moore, the almost two-mile wide twister heavily damaged Briarwood Elementary School and leveled [...]

Michigan Legislature Passes ‘Right to Work’ Bill

December 7, 2012 by twalker  
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By Brian Washington Even though a new poll shows voters are against it, the State House and Senate in Michigan this afternoon approved a bill pushed by leaders in the GOP-controlled state legislature and corporate CEOs that unfairly tips the scales against hardworking Michiganders. The so-called “Right to Work” bill was introduced Thursday, and while [...]

Privatization Efforts Find New Target in School Secretaries and Teaching Aides

June 22, 2012 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker and John Rosales Across the country, many politicians at the state and local level have been making catastrophic decisions impacting schools – all under the guise of “budget cutting” and often without any consideration to the harm they are inflicting on the students and communities they are supposed to serve. Latest case [...]

How Connecticut Educators Beat Back Privateers to Lead Reform Effort

June 18, 2012 by twalker  
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By Kevin Hart and Félix Pérez Proponents of privatizing public education have spent the past few years on a perpetual road show, travelling state to state selling a toxic mix of education reforms that are unsupported by research and silence the voices of teachers, and rebutting any and all efforts to improve public education. They flood [...]

Educator’s Victory in Wisconsin Gives Democrats Majority in State Senate

June 6, 2012 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker John Lehman, a former high school history and economics teacher and a retired National Education Association and Wisconsin Education Association Council member, was elected last night to the Wisconsin State Senate. Lehman’s ouster of Senator Van Wanggaard, one of Gov. Scott Walker’s key allies, will help restore the balance of power in [...]

NEA President: Leaving Chester Upland Students in Limbo a “Dereliction of Duty”

January 19, 2012 by khart  
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By Kevin Hart The students of the Chester Upland School District, one of the poorest districts in Pennsylvania, deserve the security of knowing that their schools will have the funding to remain open for the entire school year. That was the message delivered by National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel after a $3.2 million [...]

Educators Will Work Without Paychecks to Keep Broke District From Failing

January 11, 2012 by khart  
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By Kevin Hart When Bonita Davis’ husband passed away in August, she faced the same fears and anxieties that would grip any new single parent. The bills didn’t stop coming. She wondered how she would continue supporting her two children in college. And Davis, a sixth-grade teacher in the Chester Upland School District in Chester, [...]

NEA’s Litigation Against Anti-Worker Laws Showing Results

December 15, 2011 by twalker  
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By Michael D. Simpson, NEA Office of General Counsel NEA and its state affiliates have filed a flurry of lawsuits challenging a wide range of anti-union and anti-worker state laws enacted recently. Some preliminary results are in, and while all of these lawsuits are still pending, NEA’s batting about .660 so far. Arizona — On the plus [...]

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