Holding Department of Ed Accountable

February 5, 2016
By Letitia James, NYC Public Advocate

New York, NY - Our City is responsible for providing a free and quality education to all children - including over 200,000 children with special education needs.

Detroit Judge Denies Injunction Against Teachers

January 31, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI - A state judge on Jan. 25 denied the Detroit Public Schools’ request for an injunction intended to stop sickouts by the city’s teachers, saying that she had seen no proof that they had been organized by any of the 28 groups and individuals targeted.

NYSUT Calls for Increased School Aid

January 30, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress Albany

Albany, N.Y. - NYSUT is calling for a big increase in state funding for education. The union representing teachers in New York State is urging the state to use its $5.4 billion surplus to invest in education.

PSC Response to CUNY's Declaration of Impasse in Negotiations

January 29, 2016
By PSC President Barbara Bowen

New York, NY - “Having failed to make an economic offer to the union for five years, and having finally offered what amounts to a salary cut, The City University of New York has now claimed that contract negotiations are at an impasse. A declaration of impasse - if supported by the State Public Employment Relations Board - would result in the appointment of a mediator to resolve contract negotiations with the Professional Staff Congress.

Teacher Sickouts Close Detroit Schools

January 23, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Detroit, MI- Teachers calling in sick to protest abysmal conditions forced 88 city schools to close Jan. 20. The sickout, the largest in a rolling campaign that has been going on for several weeks, shut down all but nine of Detroit’s public schools, with less than 2,000 of the system’s 46,000 students able to attend classes.

Kentucky Senate Plots to Repeal Prevailing Wage

January 22, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Frankfort, KY- A bill that would exempt school and university construction from Kentucky’s prevailing wage law may pass the state Senate as early as Jan. 15.

Chicago Charter Network Gives Fired Teachers Back Pay

January 20, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Chicago, IL- Urban Prep Academies, an all-male charter-school network in Chicago, has agreed to pay more than $260,000 in back wages and severance pay to 13 teachers who were fired last June after staff voted to unionize.

Latest 'Noises Off' Revival Is a Hit

January 19, 2016
By Dr. Leonard Golubchck, Entertainment Editor

New York, NY - Noises Off is a delightful classic comedy farce which will entertain all with laughter. Noises Off first opened on Broadway in 1983 and was revived in 2001.  Michael Frayn’s wonderful comedy is set during a British comedy “Nothing On”. 

Win Week In Review

January 17, 2016
By Doug Cunningham 
Workers Independent News

Los Angeles, CA- Teachers and other public union members rallied with supporters Monday in Washington as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Freidrichs v. California Teachers Association case.

Detroit Teachers Protest ‘Third World’ Conditions

January 16, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI- More than 60 city schools were closed Jan. 11 as teachers staged sickouts to protest what Detroit Federation of Teachers called “Third World” conditions in some city public schools.

Cutting CUNY's Budget Will Be Devastating

January 15, 2016
By PSC President Barbara Bowen

New York, NY - We welcome and hope to build on the Governor’s acknowledgement of the need to provide funding for retroactive raises for CUNY’s 25,000 faculty and staff—who have not had a raise in six years—but are alarmed at what appears to be a massive funding cut.

The Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association Case

January 13, 2016
By LIUNA President Terry O’Sullivan

Washington, DC- The Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in the Friedrichs case, which will affect not only workers in the public sector, but the entire labor movement.  The anti-union, anti-worker billionaires backing this suit are trying to destroy unions and make it impossible for working people to come together, speak up for each other, and bargain collectively. 

Adequate School Funding in Critical

January 13, 2016
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Editorial

New York, NY -  Ten years after New York’s highest court required the state to pay billions to underfunded public schools, money continues to be owed to the schools and children of New York State. We must keep the promises of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity decision and fully fund our public schools. Its more important than ever that schools provide quality education for students with adequate funding.

'Governor, Kindly Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is'

January 12, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

PSC-CUNY President Barbara Bowen.

New York, NY - City University of New York [CUNY] boosters convinced that Governor Andrew Cuomo is shortchanging working families by not investing more in public higher education, are still holding out hope that the chief exec will change course ahead of tomorrow’s State of the State Address. 

California Teachers Association: Friedrichs SCOTUS Case Is A Political Attack On Worker Rights

January 12, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Los Angeles, CA-  The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments Monday in an important case that threatens to silence the collective voice of teachers and other public sector union workers. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association is an effort to outlaw Fair Share fees that workers covered by collective bargaining contracts must pay in return for the bargaining benefits.

Why Teenagers Act the way they Do:

December 31, 2015
Leonard H. Golubchick

Why Teenagers Act the way they Do:

New York, NY - Adolescence is practically synonymous in our culture with risk taking, emotional drama, and all forms of outlandish behavior. Until very recently, the widely accepted explanation for adolescent angst has been psychological. Developmentally, teenagers faced a number of social and emotional challenges, like starting to separate from their parents, getting accepted into a peer group and figuring out who they really are. These are anxiety-provoking transitions. 

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