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Debra Guinn Honored as Idaho's Top Secondary CTE Teacher
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 08, 2017, 06:26 pm   

Culinary Arts Instructor Debra Guinn, an NWPE member who teaches in Idaho's Nampa School District, was named Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Career Technical Educators of Idaho (CTEI).

This statewide award recognizes the finest career and technical teachers at the middle and secondary school level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities.

Analysis: When Unions Don’t Protect Teachers’ Jobs
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 08, 2017, 06:20 pm   

Mike Antonucci writes in the Education Intelligence Agency blog post, Analysis: When Unions Don't Protect Teachers' Jobs:

What isn’t commonly understood by the public, or even by teachers, is that the union has wide discretion to pursue, or not pursue, the defense of its members. If the union and/or its attorney determines that they are unlikely to prevail, or the costs may be excessive, they may counsel the teacher to resign, transfer, or accept a lesser punishment.

Weekly News Round-Up for September 8th
posted by: Melissa | September 08, 2017, 11:43 am   

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, AAE finds the news our members really want to see, and this week there are hurricanes again making headlines as they continue to affect large numbers of schools and teachers.

Historic Hurricanes: Teacher Resources
posted by: Melissa | September 07, 2017, 03:00 pm   

Currently Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are all bracing for possible impact from Hurricane Irma. The hurricane is massively wide and has broken records for strength and duration. If forecasts are right, it will hit the US weeks after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas’s gulf coast, the first time back-to-back hurricanes have hit the US coast.

Yakima teacher and student privacy practices under scrutiny following teacher Facebook post
posted by: Cindy Omlin | September 07, 2017, 11:16 am   

A Yakima, WA, teacher frustrated with his district’s policy on student privacy posted a comment to his personal Facebook account that has potentially landed him in hot water with his school district. His concern relates to the issue of the district requiring him to deceive parents, an act apparently advised in order to comply with privacy statutes, such as the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act regarding student "confidential health and education information."

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