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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ted Rall got it wrong on tenure and 'underpaid' teachers

    Ted Rall's Feb. 6 blog post and cartoon, "Stop tenure tyranny and show some love for our hardworking teachers," is long on demagoguery and little else. Even the title of the piece misses the mark. Contrary to what Rall writes, teachers in California's...
  • Bill would stabilize funding for City College of San Francisco

    Bill would stabilize funding for City College of San Francisco
    SAN FRANCISCO – Flanked by the mayor and officials from City College of San Francisco, state Sen. Mark Leno announced Monday that he has introduced legislation to guarantee funding levels to the institution as it fights to retain accreditation,...
  • Dorothea Rawlings, teacher

    Dorothea Rawlings, teacher
    Dorothea Arvin Rawlings, a former teacher at Barclay Elementary/Middle School, died of cancer March 9 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The West Baltimore resident was 73. Born Dorothea Arvin Simmons in Baltimore, she was raised on Calhoun Street at...
  • Common Core Q&A: Explaining new standards for Florida students

    Common Core Q&A: Explaining new standards for Florida students
    Common Core may be the most controversial education issue you know nothing about. It's been trashed on radio talk shows and touted in speeches, and it will be the subject of three public hearings across the state this month. Yet 55 percent of parents...
  • Federal guidelines unveiled to avoid racial bias in school discipline

    Federal guidelines unveiled to avoid racial bias in school discipline
    Federal officials kicked up their campaign against discriminatory school discipline policies Wednesday, issuing first-ever guidelines for school districts on how to avoid racial disparities in student punishments. In a 23-page letter, officials with the...
  • 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-...
  • 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...