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New Hawaii Teachers Contract: 4 Years, 13.6% Pay Hike

The deal will also increase the state’s contributions to teachers’ health insurance premiums. There is still some grumbling about the deal, but it is likely to pass when Hawaii State Teachers Association members vote on Thursday.

AM News: Obama In Chicago, Brave Robotics Kids, Fake Teaching Ban, & More

Obama launches Chicago trip with visit to South Side job training group - Chicago Tribune Private meeting marks Obama's Chicago return via @UPI These robotics students were told 'to go back to Mexico.' The taunt only fueled their success. Show More Summary

Mr. Staples: Here's What Happened to Black Teachers

As the chief education spokesman for the New York Times editorial board, Brent Staples' support for corporate education polices most often goes unsigned in his editorials. This week, however, Mr. Staples has an editorial piece in the...Show More Summary

AM News: CA Supports Vouchers, DeVos/Weingarten Go Rural, & More #EdNews

VOUCHER POLLING Poll reveals support in California for tax-funded school vouchers… Majority of Californians polled favor vouchers for private schools… DEVOS/WEINGARTEN Four things...Show More Summary

Why Did UFT Borrow $62 Million From Citigroup?

You won’t find it in any official union notice, but the United Federation of Teachers in New York City just borrowed $62 million from Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., using its headquarters at 50 Broadway as collateral. What is the $62...Show More Summary

AM News: DeVos/Weingarten Visit, SCOTUS Voucher Case, New ESSA Plans

Long rated by test scores, schools may soon be judged on student abenteeism too… Randi Weingarten promises to 'educate' DeVos as AFT kicks off campaign against Trump agenda - Chalkbeat Colorado…...Show More Summary

Karl Dean Sits on Left Aisle of Corporate Party Jet

Former Nashville mayor, Karl Dean, is running to be TN's next governor. He is running as a Democrat, but he is no less a Wall Street corporatist than Michael Bloomberg, Rahm Emanuel, or the Clintons. As mayor, Dean's most visible accomplishments, aside from killing a mass transit effort that was opposed by the auto lobby and Gov. Show More Summary

Michigan Education Association in Contract Dispute with Local Employees

The Michigan Education Association has hundreds of employees. These workers are themselves represented by five different staff unions. One of the smaller of these, the Michigan Executive Directors Association, represents labor consultants who work directly for MEA’s local affiliates. Show More Summary

AM News: Dems Fight Over Choice, DeVos Urged to Relent, Feds Investigate Richmond

Democrats link pro-charter party rivals to DeVos as 2018 fights emerge Lawmakers Urge DeVos to Reconsider Grant Application Rejected for Formatting Error | Maine Public New York's College Tuition Plan...Show More Summary

Indianapolis (and a few other places), Meet John Arnold

By Doug Martin Withthe Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Walton Foundation, and others, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation is pumping millions of dollars into Indianapolis, and former Mind Trust executive vice president Ken Bubp now is the Arnold Foundation’s director of education. Show More Summary

Charter School War Extends All the Way to Guam

Guam might be 9,800 miles from Los Angeles, but its education politics are similar in one respect: the teachers union hates charter schools. So much so, that when a bill was introduced in the legislature to convert Simon A. Sanchez High...Show More Summary

AM News: Bennet Slams DeVos, CT Magnet Lottery Proceeds, & More #EdNews

Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Betsy DeVos is an ideologue, not the face of education reform… How $100 of Your Taxes Are Spent: 8 Cents on National Parks and $15 on Medicare - WSJ CT:...Show More Summary

Indiana, Personalized Learning, Smart Drugs, and the KnowledgeWorks Foundation

By Doug Martin (for a background on what edtech is up to, please see Alison McDowell’s post here—and all of her posts. If you want to witness the frightening scenario many like the KnowledgeWorks Foundation have in mind for AmericanShow More Summary

Automated Education + Chasing Skills + Debt = Social Contorl

from Wrench in the GearsApril 15, 2017 I posted the scenario below in November of 2015 as a Facebook note. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve come across a number of items having to do with skills, automation, and human capital management, so I thought I would pull it back out to share. Show More Summary

DeVos to Protect Loan Predators, Not Students

From Bloomberg:Former Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin worked on student loan policy during the latter years of the Obama administration, in part over concern that borrowers’ struggles were affecting the management of U.S. Show More Summary

Sometimes I’m Wrong

Over the last 20 years I feel I’ve been pretty good about getting facts right, but I can still mess up when speculating. That was the case this week when I wondered why NYSUT hadn’t released its election results. I wrote: It could be a simple oversight or perhaps the results were embarrassing to the … Continue reading "Sometimes I’m Wrong"

AM News: Return Of TNReady, DC Parent Fundraising, LAUSD Replications, & More

The 8-year-old boy who was killed in the San Bernardino school shooting was overcoming Williams syndrome. Study: Parent groups in Northwest D.C. raise thousands for schools… Sue Snyder meets with Betsy DeVos to discuss campus sexual assaults via @freep Two L.A. Show More Summary

NEA Expects Membership Growth This Year

Not by much, less than 1 percent in fact, but it’s something. However, we’ll reserve judgment until July’s numbers are reported, because NEA has a bad tendency to adjust previous year’s numbers downwards, making this year’s gains appear larger.

AM News: CA Grad Rates Up, DeVos Staffs Up, Teachers Voice Opinions

L.A. Unified’s 2016 grad rate is 77%, even higher than the district thought. Racial disparities remain, though state,… California and L.A. Unified graduation rates continue to increase…...Show More Summary

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