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The Big, Giant List of Poetry Resources
posted by: Melissa | April 05, 2018, 12:51 pm   

April is National Poetry Month. Learning poetry can connect students to their emotions and to the world around them. Writing poetry can vastly improve a student’s writing in other forms as well. However, poetry is often overlooked in the classroom.

Teacher Unions Seek to Foil Janus Decision Before Ruling Even Comes Out
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 04, 2018, 05:04 pm   

Since the Janus v. AFSCME case was argued at the U.S. Supreme Court, teacher unions have begun lobbying their willing allies in legislatures and statehouses to pass laws that would skirt an expected ruling for workers' rights (expected in June).  Vincent Vernuccio and Chantal Lovell write in Commentary: Unions circumventing the Supreme Court that "Washington state is the breeding ground for most legislation attempting to undermine the court." 

NWPE Members Join Class Action Lawsuit Against Forced Dues
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 04, 2018, 04:35 pm   

On March 16, the Freedom Foundation, a public policy institute in Washington state, filed a class action lawsuit against one of  the most powerful unions in Washington state, the Washington Education Association (WEA).  The suit seeks to stop compulsory union dues as well as seek to provide repayment of the funds unconstitutionally taken from nonunion teachers.

Life and Legacy of Linda Brown
posted by: Melissa | April 04, 2018, 08:55 am   

Last week, Linda Brown of the famous Brown v. Board of Education supreme court case, passed away at the age of 75 in Topeka, Kansas.  Brown became famous at the age of nine after her father attempted to enroll her in the all-white Sumner Elementary School near their Kansas home. Because she was African-American, her enrollment was denied and her father, Oliver Brown, filed a lawsuit against the Topeka Board of Education. Several other plaintiffs joined and the case was eventually heard by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Michelle Rasmussen Awarded $250 Classroom Start Up Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 03, 2018, 06:35 pm   

Congratulations to Ms. Michelle Rasmussen, third grade teacher at Heritage Academy in Jerome, ID.  She has been awarded a $250 New Classroom Start Up Grant from Northwest Professional Educators.  The funds will help her purchase hands-on materials, such as manipulatives, for utilization with the Engage New York common core math curriculum.

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