Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Aug
2016
26

HBOMG: John Oliver Absolutely Demolishes the Abusive, Out of Control Charter School Industry

HBOMG: John Oliver Absolutely Demolishes the Abusive, Out of Control Charter School Industry
  On the most recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver dedicated the main segment to charter schools. More specifically, to poorly regulated and easily exploitable state charter school systems that see for-profit management companies swoop in and swallow up taxpayer dollars. Though policies vary from state to state,...
Dec
2015
17

MA Building Trades Pushing Plan for Pre-Apprenticeship Program Targeting Women, Minorities

MA Building Trades Pushing Plan for Pre-Apprenticeship Program Targeting Women, Minorities
  In an effort to further diversify the construction trades, the Southeast Massachusetts Building Trades are moving forward with plans to create a pre-apprenticeship program for women and minorities.  The organization is taking the advice of the Women’s Fund’s Task Force on Pathways to a Living Wage, a partnership of 30...
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Mar
2015
2

PA Gov Removes School Commission Chair Following Approval of New Charter Schools

PA Gov Removes School Commission Chair Following Approval of New Charter Schools
  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that School Reform Commision (SRC) chairman and former city council member Bill Green has been demoted and that fellow SRC board member Marjorie Neff will take his place.  Neff is the retired principal of the city’s acclaimed Julia R. Masterman Demonstration School and is a 38-year veteran of the...
Jan
2015
27

Philadelphia Union Scoreboard: Teachers 1, Wildly Overreaching School Reform Commission 0

Philadelphia Union Scoreboard: Teachers 1, Wildly Overreaching School Reform Commission 0
  Late last week, a state court ruled in favor of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT), awarding them a victory in their new battle against the School Reform Commission (SRC).  In October, the SRC attempted to make drastic changes to the PFT’s health care contributions using the powers it interpreted itself as having under...
Oct
2014
7

Canadian Groups Take Aim at Skilled Trade Misconceptions, Hope to Boost Interest Among Youth

  The Canadian think tank Cardus is launching the “Building Meaning Project”, which aims to change common preconceptions about working in the building trades.  Jobs in the skilled trades are projected to boom for years to come and a younger generation of workers must be educated about construction, the group believes. Brian Dijkema,...
Oct
2014
6

NY State Considering Allowing Technical, Skilled Trades as Core Subjects for High School Graduation

  In New York, the state Board of Regents is considering allowing high school students who take technical and career oriented classes to replace one of the five core regents exams with a “career pathway assessment.”  Advocates say that the change would positively affect dropout rates and test scores, and help students toward the careers...
Sep
2014
2

Building Trades, Dept of Ed Launch Refreshing Approach to Skills Training in CA High Schools

  As the new school year begins, nine high schools in California are poised to display the merits of a pilot program which will prepare students to participate in pre-apprenticeships in the construction trades.  The “MC3” – or Multi-Craft Core Curriculum — will focus on building trades math; labor history; training to...
Jul
2014
9

Minnesota Now Has Its First Two Unionized Charter Schools. 148 to Go.

  In Minnesota, union organizers are making inroads at charter schools as teachers increasingly feel they need power in numbers to affect positive change at the privatized schools.   In January, teachers at the Twin Cities German Immersion School organized after minor clashes with higher-ups.  And in July the teachers and staff of the...
Jun
2014
19

Missouri Teachers Say Rights-Stripping Ballot Initiative is Unconstitutional

Missouri Teachers Say Rights-Stripping Ballot Initiative is Unconstitutional
  A lawsuit brought forward by two teachers in Missouri will attempt to halt a statewide ballot initiative on the grounds that it is unconstitutional and would make drastic changes to education by limiting tenure protections. The proposed constitutional amendment would severley impact education and collective bargaining.  Missouri Secretary...
Jun
2014
11

Deathblow to CA Teacher Tenure Could Send Ripples Through Public Education Nationally

  In a major blow to teachers unions in California, a judge ruled Tuesday that tenure laws deprive students of their right to an education under the state’s constitution and violate civil rights.  The landmark “Vergara” decision opens the door for similar cases in other states.   In the majority opinion, Los Angeles Superior...
Jun
2014
5

Third Time’s the Harm: PA Budget Leaves School Construction In the Lurch Three Years Running

Third Time's the Harm: PA Budget Leaves School Construction In the Lurch Three Years Running
  As reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pennsylvania budget will contain a moratorium on construction spending by school districts for the third straight year, meaning schools in need of repair will have to find solutions without state aid. Corbett’s construction cuts began in 2012 when he cut funding to new applications, thus...
May
2014
8

REPORT: Fraudulent Charter Schools Responsible for $100M in Taxpayer Losses Across 15 States

REPORT: Fraudulent Charter Schools Responsible for $100M in Taxpayer Losses Across 15 States
  A new study from Integrity in Education claims “fraudulent charter operators in 15 states are responsible for losing, misusing or wasting over $100 million in taxpayer money.”  The report — “Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud And Abuse” — was a combined effort of the Center for Popular Democracy and...