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Weekly News Round-Up for January 11th
posted by: Melissa | January 11, 2019, 07:00 PM   

Each week, NWPE brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, a threatened strike, states debate a flurry of education changes, and more!


Nation’s Second Largest School District on Verge of Strike: The Los Angeles teachers’ union has been gearing up for a fight for weeks and at one point, it looked like teachers might walk out of classrooms this past week. The strike, however, has been delayed with teachers now planning to walk out on Monday if an agreement is not reached. Issues include reducing class sizes, boosting salaries, and hiring more auxiliary staff, such as nurses and counselors. The union also wants to make sure that district schools remain a priority over charter schools.


South Carolina Digs Into Education Reform: South Carolina began its new legislative session with a distinct focus on education reform. South Carolina routinely ranks near the bottom of states when it comes to education. Priorities include recruiting and retaining teachers, increasing teacher pay, increased school flexibility, and increased accountability. There is also a bill that would require all students in the state to take a personal finance course. These reforms come hand in hand with $1 billion in extra spending for education in the state.


States Focus on Education Spending: South Carolina is not the only state to look at education funds. After last spring’s protests and under the threat of more, many states are seeking to improve and streamline education spending. Indiana is one of those states under pressure from teacher groups and is vowing to increase teacher pay, but it’s uncertain where the money will come from. Idaho’s governor is forming a task force that will create a blueprint for education investment; Massachusetts is debating a bill that would reform the way education funding is allocated in the state; West Virginia is raising teacher pay, improving health benefits, and making improvements to how sick days are used; and New Mexico’s governor is calling for a six percent increase in teacher salaries.


Happening Elsewhere:

Scott picks Parkland parent for Florida’s education board

State audit finds big issues with OR Dept. of Education, Portland schools

A 32-year-old woman posed as a homeless teen to enroll in a high school, police say

Teacher seen dragging boy with autism through Kentucky school on video is fired

Tennessee principal criticized after throwing ‘mock funeral’ in order to inspire teachers

Major new study finds restorative justice led to safer schools, but hurt black students’ test scores

Cutting suspensions also cuts school safety

Teachers fare better with existing pensions than 401(k)s, study shows

MA School Districts Struggle to Find Substitute Teachers

HP to bankroll study of Idaho education system

Governor Ivey Announces $10.6 Million Grant Awarded to Early Childhood Education

With a strike on the horizon, Denver teachers ready to fight for wages, bonuses

U.S. to investigate discrimination against Native American students on Montana reservation

School district accused of banning Bibles says legal group is misleading public

Student arrested for allegedly planning mass shootings at California schools


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