Sunday, April 20, 2014

Education Support Professionals On the Front Lines in Fight for School Modernization

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By John Rosales After a particularly snowy night in January, paraeducator Lynn Witts found herself zigzagging around water buckets the next morning as she walked the hallways at Polson High School in Montana. “The snow melted and we had buckets everywhere,” she says. While winter brings it share of snow and ice to challenge the [...]

CNN Spotlights Indoor Air Quality Impact on Student Learning

January 10, 2012 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker and Cindy Long An estimated 14 million American children attend public schools that are in urgent need of  extensive repair or replacement and have unhealthy environmental conditions, including poor air quality, unsafe drinking water and inadequate safety systems. This weekend, CNN will spotlight the dire condition of schools and the health hazards [...]

“A National Crisis”: NEA Spotlights Urgent Need for School Modernization

November 16, 2011 by clong  
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By Cindy Long When it rains, water pours out of the ceiling into Christopher Meyer’s classroom. He places buckets around the room, pushes student desks out of the way, and puts a tarp over his own desk. Then he has to scramble to find a dry, safe room where he can continue his lessons. “At [...]

NEA Talks School Modernization with President Obama

November 2, 2011 by twalker  
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By Brian Washington Diana Beatty teaches math at a Colorado high school where her classroom is one of several located in the basement—which previously housed the cafeteria when the school was first built almost 40 years ago. She educates students in the one classroom that has a window, but it faces a brick wall. Her [...]

Community Colleges Need School Modernization Funds

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By Mary Ellen Flannery It’s hard to prepare students for 21st century careers when they’re sitting in 20th century classrooms, laboratories, and job-training facilities at aging community colleges across the country. That’s why educators like Derrick Griffey, a math instructor at Gadsden State Community College in Alabama, so strongly support President Obama’s Fix America’s Schools [...]

White House Calls on Educators to Support the Jobs Bill

September 14, 2011 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker In a conference call with more than 2,000 educators earlier this week, Vice President Joe Biden provided specifics on how the $447 billion American Jobs Act will help save educators jobs and modernize school buildings across the country. Biden urged all educators to call their representatives and senators to push for a [...]

Obama Jobs Program Would Boost Education

September 9, 2011 by twalker  
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By Alain Jehlen In a speech to Congress on September 8, President Obama laid out a broad proposal to put Americans back to work with economic measures that both Democrats and Republicans have agreed upon in the past. “The next election is fourteen months away,” the President said.  “And the people who sent us here – [...]

School Modernization: Where the Jobs Are

September 8, 2011 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker On Thursday night, President Obama will unveil his plan to reenergize job creation in the stagnant U.S. economy. Although the details of the reported $300 billion “American Jobs Act” won’t be known until then, the president is expected to propose a major investment in the nation’s infrastructure, including a fund to help [...]