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City Dithers on NYC’s ‘Toxic’ Schools
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City Dithers on NYC’s ‘Toxic’ Schools

March 20, 2013 Marc Bussanich City Council members grilled education officials at a budget hearing on Tuesday over why the city can’t remove dangerous toxins from public schools sooner than 10 years. The city has allocated over $800 million for the project, but officials gave multiple reasons why the city can’t complete the project in…

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One-Man March Calls for City to Continue Funding Day Care Employee Pensions to Avoid Bankrupting Cultural Institutions

March 18, 2013 NEW YORK, NY—– The City of New York must continue pension payments for public day care employees or some of nation’s most established cultural institutions may go bankrupt.  The City claims that it has overpaid the Cultural Institutions Retirement System (CIRS) and will no longer pay into the retirement system for unionized…

March to Charter Schools Continues Despite Uproar
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March to Charter Schools Continues Despite Uproar

March 13, 2013 Marc Bussanich Parents, students and teachers vociferously demanded a moratorium on school closings and charter school co-locations by submitting a resolution at a Panel for Educational Policy meeting Monday in Brooklyn. But the 13-member board voted down the resolution and instead voted to phase out 22 public schools. (Read More/Watch Video)

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…

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