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Eight More States Granted NCLB Waivers

May 30, 2012 by clong  
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By Cindy Long The Obama administration approved eight additional states for flexibility from key provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) yesterday, bringing the total number of states with waivers to 19. Eighteen other states and Washington, D.C. also applied for waivers and their applications are still under review. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced [...]

Budget Cuts Take Bigger Slice Out of School Supplies

August 3, 2011 by clong  
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By Cindy Long Education budget cuts take a big toll in the classroom – not only are there more students cramming into already crowded classes, there are fewer supplies to go around. Cuts have been so severe that many educators, who have long dipped into their own pocketbooks for classroom and student supplies, can no [...]

“Unions Represent the Voice of the People”

March 9, 2011 by twalker  
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By Lance Fuller Facing a full Congressional hearing panel, in front of a packed house, Ohio teacher Courtney Johnson took a seat Tuesday and methodically laid out how attacks on workers’ rights and cuts to education will affect her students. “Ever deepening cuts to our public schools send the dual messages to our kids that, [...]

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 [...]

Behind the Right-Wing Attacks on Collective Bargaining

March 4, 2011 by clong  
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By Cindy Long Despite opposition within its own GOP ranks, and several national polls showing that the public supports collective bargaining, Republicans in Wisconsin, Ohio, and a growing number of other states around the country are determined to strip the rights of public employees under the guise of balancing state budgets. “We’re staying focused on [...]

Largest Crowd Yet: 80,000 Rally in Wisconsin

February 27, 2011 by twalker  
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by Tim Walker and Cynthia McCabe In one of the biggest rallies in Madison since the Vietnam War, up to 80,000 Wisconsin workers and their supporters, waving off freezing, snowy weather, marched into Capitol Square on Saturday. The rally the weekend before was huge – 55,000 plus – but this one surpassed it, sending a [...]

Anti-Worker Legislation Under Fire Across the Country

February 23, 2011 by twalker  
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by Tim Walker The strengthening resolve of working Americans in Wisconsin is being duplicated in state after state as signs emerge that this massive grassroots mobilization is having an impact. A Gallup poll released on Tuesday showed that a clear majority of Americans strongly oppose laws taking away the collective bargaining rights of public workers [...]

“America Cannot Have a Middle Class Without Unions”

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By Dennis Van Roekel National Education Association President True fiscal leadership requires creative solutions grounded in the most important needs of the community. So faced with crippling budget deficits, fiscally responsible governors should focus on reforms that create jobs and a long-term agenda for moving their states forward. All of this sounds plausible enough. But [...]

Blue Ribbon Panel Urges Overhaul of Teacher Education Programs

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By Tim Walker A national panel of education experts gathered at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on Tuesday to call for teacher preparation to be “turned upside down” by a roster of innovative changes to teacher education programs. The sweeping recommendations are part of a new report by a Blue Ribbon Panel convened [...]

Service Learning Gets a Boost

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By Mary Ellen Flannery When students volunteer in their communities, they’re not just exercising their hearts. They’re almost certainly making the kinds of connections that will engage their minds in school as well. That’s why a new $550,000, two-year grant from the federal government to the NEA Foundation, which will pay to train teachers about [...]

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