Education

Weingarten Arrested Protesting Philadelphia School Closings
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Weingarten Arrested Protesting Philadelphia School Closings

March 13, 2013 AFT News Philadelphia Pa. – AFT president Randi Weingarten and 18 others were arrested March 7 at the headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia for protesting city officials' plans to close 29 public schools. The protesters were blocking the doors to prevent Philadelphia's School Reform Commission from voting on the school-closing…

Judge Throws Out Louisiana’s Education Reform Package
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Judge Throws Out Louisiana’s Education Reform Package

March 12, 2013 Labor World by Neal Tepel Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has suffered another setback in his efforts to ram through his agenda of vouchers and anti-teacher reforms. On March 4, state District Judge R. Michael Caldwell ruled that Jindal's education package changing teacher tenure and salary laws was unconstitutional because it bundled too…

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District Council 37 Advocate for Baseline Funding for Libraries

March 7, 2013 Around Town By Neal Tepel DC 37 Calls for 2.5% of existing citywide property tax assessments to be allocated for permanent, baseline library funding. District Council 37, has joined its four library locals — Quasi-Public Employees Local 374, Queens Library Guild Local 1321, Brooklyn Library Guild Local 1482 and New York Public…

Public – Private Partnership Preparing Students for High-Skills Jobs
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Public – Private Partnership Preparing Students for High-Skills Jobs

March 4, 2013 By Stephanie West Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and IBM have announced a public-private partnership that will prepare thousands of New York students for high-skills jobs of the future in technology, manufacturing, healthcare and finance. In addition, IBM and other companies that participate in the partnership will put the program’s graduates first in…

NYS Court Ruling:  Retired Teachers Have Privacy Rights
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NYS Court Ruling: Retired Teachers Have Privacy Rights

February 27, 2013 By Stephanie West ALBANY, N.Y. – New York State United Teachers hailed a unanimous appellate court ruling on February 22, 2013 that affirms retired teachers have privacy rights that prevent their annual pensions from being published on websites and in newspapers.

NYSUT challenges State’s Property Tax Cap in Court
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NYSUT challenges State’s Property Tax Cap in Court

February 22, 2013 Susan Smith, LaborPress Albany Bureau ALBANY, N.Y.  – New York State United Teachers, seeking to protect public schools and students from an inescapable cycle of cuts and ensure the state's poorest and most vulnerable children are not further harmed by grossly inequitable education funding, challenged the state's property tax cap in court…

Proposed NYS Budget Leaves Districts Short
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Proposed NYS Budget Leaves Districts Short

February 5, 2013 Susan Smith, LaborPress Albany Bureau  New York State United Teachers said the proposed education budget makes progress on several fronts, but noted the projected $20.8 billion in state aid would still leave school districts with $500 million less than four years ago and mean more devastating cuts to programs that benefit students.

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