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  • Arne Duncan flubbed on Common Core, and then he made it worse

    Arne Duncan flubbed on Common Core, and then he made it worse
    The scaffolding of support for the Common Core curriculum standards continues, right and left, to lose a beam here, a platform there. After adopting the standards, with vocal support from the governor, both the Oklahoma Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin...
  • Staples, USPS end program to set up mini-post offices in stores

    Staples Inc. said it will end a pilot program with the U.S. Postal Service to set up mini-post offices in the company's retail outlets, after several protests outside the stores. Postal workers have protested the program for months, objecting to...
  • Teachers' union leader blasts U.S. Education secretary over comments

    American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten sharply criticized U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last week for his praise of a ruling by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge deeming certain job protections for teachers in...
  • Edwards says she will not 'lower standards' on teacher evaluations

    Edwards says she will not 'lower standards' on teacher evaluations
    About 100 Baltimore educators rallied at city school headquarters Monday, protesting last-minute changes to their evaluation system that the teachers union vowed it would fight to reverse. But district officials say doing so would result in "lower...
  • California teacher tenure and seniority system is struck down

    California teacher tenure and seniority system is struck down
    The tenure and seniority system that has long protected California public school teachers, even ineffective ones, was struck down Tuesday in a court decision that could change hiring and firing policies nationwide. Los Angeles County Superior Court...
  • California teacher tenure is struck down: Expect years of appeals

    California teacher tenure is struck down: Expect years of appeals
    The ruling Tuesday by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge that struck down job protections for teachers in California as unconstitutional will undoubtedly spawn a series of appeals that could last years before a final outcome is reached. But...
  • California House delegation urges Postal Service to nix Staples deal

    California House delegation urges Postal Service to nix Staples deal
    A California House delegation led by Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) is calling on Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe to reject a recent pilot program with Staples to operate retail mail counters at 82 U.S. stores.  The pilot program, announced in...
  • Meriden Schools Reap Benefits From Longer Days

    Meriden Schools Reap Benefits From Longer Days
    Each day, more than 8,000 students attend Meriden's 12 schools looking for opportunities for a better life. Our goal is to give each and every student the knowledge and skills to be successful in college, career and beyond. But simple knowledge alone is...
  • Strikes Can Help Tilt Balance Back For Workers

    There is a cold, damp but exhilarating example of workplace courage and hope for a better future at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London. Let's thank the brave souls on the picket lines as they stand up for workplace justice and fight for middle-...
  • A Teacher's Lesson For The Whole Country

    A Teacher's Lesson For The Whole Country
    WEST HARTFORD — In just a week's time, Elizabeth Natale has turned from a middle school English teacher quietly frustrated with education reform into a national voice for colleagues throughout the country. In an opinion column for The Courant last...
  • Education reform 'day of action' event this evening in Orlando

    Education reform 'day of action' event this evening in Orlando
    A national teachers union "Day of Action" campaign includes an Orlando event this evening. The campaign by the American Federation of Teachers argues that public schools are under attack by so-called reform efforts. Some 90 events around the country aim...