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Teachers' Unions Expected Big Membership Losses. Here's Why Those Haven't Panned Out

The labor groups have lost members since last year’s Janus Supreme Court case, but not as many as anticipated. Is that because the unions have reenergized teachers, or because teachers don’t understand their rights? (June 27, 2019)

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07/02 05:13 pm | The National Education Association Is Projecting a 125,000-Member Loss Due to COVID Layoffs | Despite the projected membership loss, the union's revenue will increase by about $7 million next year because of a dues increase for teachers and support employees.

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Beyond Red Tape: Making Teacher Recertification Meaningful
This special report takes a look at recertification, posing questions about how it could be strengthened to support teachers better.

Getting and Keeping Good Teachers
For many school districts, teacher shortages are a recurring challenge. What are those districts doing differently to attract—and keep—the teachers they need?

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From Teacher to Principal: A Look at the Typical Pathway
The career path to the principalship has been a fairly rigid one. Only in the past decade or so has the field seen some important changes in who makes it to a school’s top job—and how.

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The lesson-sharing platform recently pledged to promote anti-racist resources and provide free professional development. But teachers say the company's content moderation policy still allows for racist resources to remain on the site.
July 2, 2020 – Education Week
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.
July 1, 2020 – Education Week
Some districts are making gains in recruiting and holding onto Black, Hispanic, and Asian teachers. Here are some ideas for how to do it.
June 30, 2020 – Education Week
In a year marked by loss, we can’t forget the most important thing we do as teachers, writes Justin Minkel: We make sure every child knows they’re loved.
June 30, 2020 – Teacher
New EdWeek Research Center survey examines the frustrations educators had as the school year wound down and some challenges ahead for 2020-21.
June 29, 2020 – Education Week
A new EdWeek Research Center survey of 1,150 teachers, principals, and district leaders examines where K-12 educators stand on social justice issues and how to address them.
June 25, 2020 – Education Week
“I just cannot imagine trying to build rapport with kids who can’t see two-thirds of my face,” said one middle school teacher.
June 24, 2020 – Education Week
When they come back to us in the fall, our students’ need for connection, belonging, and real-world experience will be fierce, and we need to adjust our approach based on their needs, writes teacher Ariel Sacks.
June 23, 2020 – Teacher
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.
June 23, 2020 – Teacher
With nearly 20 percent of teachers in public schools age 55 or older, administrators need to give special consideration to their health and safety as they craft plans for reopening.
June 18, 2020 – Education Week

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