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5 worst governors who put rich corporations and CEOs before students and schools

June 9, 2014 by clong  
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What do the governors of Florida, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Wisconsin and Michigan have in common? Yes, they were all elected in 2010. And since taking office, all have shown time and again that they are willing to put the wants of rich corporations and CEOs before the very real needs of the students who attend their [...]

Red Flag: Public Colleges Hiring Too Many Part-Time Faculty

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By Mary Ellen Flannery A recent red-flag letter to Miami Dade College from its accreditors, which warned that administrators have relied too heavily on part-time faculty, isn’t so much an indictment of the college as it is of the state’s right-wing governor and state legislators. This year, even while handing away billions of dollars in [...]

Florida’s Testing Success: An Inflated Reputation?

April 18, 2011 by ajehlen  
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By Alain Jehlen The American public has been overrun with inspiring stories of miracle cures for education ills that don’t involve a lot of money, time, or educator input—and turn out to be mirages. Florida under Jeb Bush is no exception. The former governor has recently emerged in the media as an education reform leader, thanks [...]

“This is the Beginning” – Wisconsin Workers Still Galvanized

March 12, 2011 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker Nancy Winters, a veteran Wisconsin public school teacher, doesn’t want her state to go back. She remembers what it was like when Wisconsin didn’t have collective bargaining – a time of discord, distrust, and little cooperative progress. “I’m afraid Wisconsin is going to return to those kinds of days,” says Winters. “I [...]

It’s Not Just Wisconsin. It’s Everywhere.

March 8, 2011 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery and Tim Walker The battle over workers’ rights in Wisconsin was the first to capture national attention, but it won’t be the last. Gov. Scott Walker may be the poster child for right-wing overreach, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers in every corner of the country from trying to blame public employees [...]

Schools Vouchers Making a Comeback

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By Mary Ellen Flannery Despite resounding parent opposition to the idea of taking taxpayer money and using it to pay private-school tuitions, partisan lawmakers across the country — as well as in Congress – have returned this spring to one of their favorite pet topics: school vouchers. So far, faced with unified opposition from parents [...]

Wisconsin Teacher Urges Congress: Stand Up for Education Funding

February 11, 2011 by ajehlen  
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by Meredith Barnett This week, students at Ellsworth Community High School were lining up to ask Shelly Moore what classes they should take and what she’d be teaching next semester. Moore had to look her students in the eye and tell them she wouldn’t be teaching anything. As of June, this 13-year veteran teacher won’t have [...]

College Students Hit Hard by Job Cuts

June 7, 2010 by cmccabe  
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By John Rosales Students are being turned away from higher education institutions in great numbers due to faculty layoffs. They are also unable to register for classes they need to graduate, and are not receiving basic campus services due to job losses to everyone from tenure-track professors and adjuncts to counselors, library and health care [...]

Victory in Florida, But States Still Fighting Anti-Education Bills

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By Kevin Hart This month, with a stroke of his pen, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist took a bold stand for public schools and vetoed Senate Bill 6, a bill that threatened to make Florida one of the most teacher-hostile states in America. But educators are warning that SB 6 was just one battle in a [...]

Florida Teacher’s Essay Becomes Rallying Cry for Respect

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By Cynthia McCabe When people were attacking her and her fellow dedicated public school teachers, Florida fourth-grade teacher Jamee Miller got mad. And then she got to typing. The result? An essay called “I Am a Teacher” which caught fire in recent weeks on Facebook and blogs as supporters of teachers attacked by budget-slashing lawmakers and [...]

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