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Social studies teacher Matthew Hawn is accused of insubordination and repeated unprofessional conduct for sharing Kyla Jenèe Lacey's, 'White Privilege', poem with his Contemporary Issues class. Hawn sits on his couch inside his home on August 17, 2021.
Matthew Hawn is accused of insubordination and repeated unprofessional conduct for lessons and materials he used to teach about racism and white privilege in his Contemporary Issues class at Sullivan Central High School in Blountville, Tenn.<br/>
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Curriculum He Taught About White Privilege and Got Fired. Now He's Fighting to Get His Job Back
Matthew Hawn is an early casualty in this year's fight over how teachers can discuss with students America's struggle with racism.
Eesha Pendharkar, September 13, 2021
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People listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Washington shortly before the attack on the U.S. Capitol building.
People listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Washington shortly before the attack on the U.S. Capitol building.
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School & District Management Disciplining Educators: How Schools Should Tackle Conduct Concerns After the Insurrection
School employees and officials in at least eight states have drawn criticism and reprimands following last week's U.S. Capitol insurrection.
Mark Lieberman, January 13, 2021
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Quincy, Ill., student Bobby Smith gets some help opening a PowerPoint on volcanoes from his teacher, Jared Holman, Nov. 4.
Quincy, Ill., student Bobby Smith gets some help opening a PowerPoint on volcanoes from his teacher, Jared Holman, Nov. 4.<br/>
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Education Funding Fact Check: What Joe Biden Got Wrong About Teacher Job Loss
President-elect Joe Biden said 666,000 teachers have been laid off during the coronavirus crisis. But the real number isn't as big.
Evie Blad, November 20, 2020
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Karen Lewis sits outside her home on Sept. 13. She was one of about 100 teachers and social workers in the Schenectady, N.Y., district who were recently laid off via a Zoom call.
Karen Lewis sits outside her home on Sept. 13. She was one of about 100 teachers and social workers in the Schenectady, N.Y., district who were recently laid off via a Zoom call.
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Teaching Profession How COVID-19 Is Hurting Teacher Diversity
Layoffs that are based on seniority can disproportionately affect Black and brown teachers.
Madeline Will, September 14, 2020
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People stand out on Park Square in Pittsfield, Mass. on Monday, June 15, 2020, in support of funding for education as part of a statewide "Day of Action" through the Massachusetts Teachers Association. Locals across the state held rallies or car caravans to bring awareness to the funding issues across the state to show solidarity among local unions and school districts.
People stand out on Park Square in Pittsfield, Mass. on Monday, June 15, 2020, in support of funding for education as part of a statewide "Day of Action" through the Massachusetts Teachers Association. Locals across the state held rallies or car caravans to bring awareness to the funding issues across the state to show solidarity among local unions and school districts.
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School & District Management Thousands of Educators Laid Off Already Due to COVID-19, and More Expected
The job losses in dozens of school districts so far reflect deep economic strain and mounting challenges for the 2020-21 academic year.
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School & District Management How Layoffs Upend Life for Educators, Students, and Districts
Pandemic-inflicted budget cuts have cost thousands of educators their jobs. Here’s how that’s playing out in five districts around the country.
July 14, 2020
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Reading & Literacy As COVID-19 Budget Cuts Loom, Relevance of School Librarians Put to the Test
From California to Pennsylvania, school librarians are on edge as district and school leaders across the country seek ways to cut back expenses amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Cayla Bamberger, Claire Bryan, Jessica Campbell & Anya Schultz, July 1, 2020
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Law & Courts Opinion Teacher: I Was Fired for Being Gay. Now It Can't Happen to Anyone Else
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling was a victory, but it doesn’t take away the hurt of losing my students in a cold February, writes Brett Bigham.
Brett Bigham, June 23, 2020
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Teaching Profession Opinion How to Make the Coming Teacher Layoffs Hurt Schools and Students Less
If budget cuts force pink slips, many districts leaders may be able to protect their most effective teachers, especially in schools where turnover is high.
Heather C. Hill, Susanna Loeb & Eric Taylor, May 5, 2020
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Budget & Finance Here's How Many Teaching Jobs Could Be Lost in Each State in a COVID-19 Recession
There could be an 8.4 percent reduction in the U.S. teaching corps, according to a new analysis by the Learning Policy Institute.
Madeline Will, April 30, 2020
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Teaching Profession Nearly 300,000 Teacher Jobs at Risk if Feds Don't Step Up, Big Districts Warn
Without federal money, the coronavirus pandemic would create an "educational catastrophe," the Council of the Great City Schools has said.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 28, 2020
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School Choice & Charters Two Catholic Schools Were Asked to Fire Gay Teachers. Here's What They Did
The Indianapolis archbishop has ordered Catholic high schools in the city to dismiss teachers who are married to someone of the same sex, or sever ties with the archdiocese.
Madeline Will, June 24, 2019
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Teaching Profession Lawsuit to Overturn New York's Teacher-Tenure Laws Heads to Trial
A case challenging New York's teacher-tenure laws will move to trial despite the union's attempts to dismiss it, an appellate court ruled.
Brenda Iasevoli, March 29, 2018
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Recruitment & Retention No Such Thing as 'Tenure' or 'Permanent Teachers,' Colorado Court Rules
Colorado's Supreme Court last week ruled against teachers who are fighting a state law that allows school districts to put teachers on unpaid leave without a hearing.
Brenda Iasevoli, March 21, 2018
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