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Delegates cheer before the start of the National Education Association’s presidential forum on July 5 in Houston. The forum took place during the teachers’ union’s four-day annual convention.
—David J. Phillip/Associated Press

Teachers' Union Delegates Commit to Social Justice, Beating Trump

Last year’s Supreme Court ruling, which led to a slight decrease in membership, was barely mentioned at the annual gathering. The delegates did, however, vote to take more progressive stances on issues such as abortion. (July 11, 2019)

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How have private school choice and "right to work" laws driven political donations from teachers' unions and education reform groups? New research tries to answer that question, and finds some surprising results.
January 22, 2020 – Education Week
A year after some 30,000 teachers walked out of their classrooms and upended the daily routine of more than half a million students and their families, most parents and teachers would be hard-pressed to see defining differences in classrooms and schools.
January 21, 2020 – Education Week
The largest organization representing Minnesota educators announced Wednesday that it opposes a plan to change the state Constitution in an effort to narrow the state's persistent academic achievement gap.
January 9, 2020 – Education Week
Leadership at the state’s first online charter school is pushing back on efforts by teachers and staff to form a union, a move that comes a few months after some teachers expressed concern about the school’s hiring of a controversial principal.
January 3, 2020 – Education Week
Common Core. School shootings. ESSA. Betsy DeVos. The past 10 years have been a whirlwind of policy upheaval, tragedy, and change for K-12 education. Here’s 10 highlights—and a bonus.
December 18, 2019 – Education Week
The recent Chicago Teachers Union strike drew attention from Democratic presidential candidates in Illinois, a state won by Democrats in the last White House contest. For 2020, it's possible we could see a twist on that story: big-city teacher strikes in states with less predictable outcomes.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
Two N.Y. teachers have added an extra dose of realism to lessons by transforming their 10th grade aircraft cleaning and maintenance classes into unionized workplaces.
November 13, 2019 – Education Week
Yes, teachers are seriously underpaid, but teacher retention won't be solved by competitive raises alone, argues Eric Hanushek.
November 4, 2019 – Education Week
Teachers in the nation's third-largest school system are fighting for salary increases, class-size caps, and a written commitment for more nurses, social workers, and librarians—as well as investments some say are outside the scope of collective bargaining.
October 23, 2019 – Education Week
Unless they come to an agreement with the district, Chicago Teachers Union members plan to stop work Oct. 17. And the fight is about more than just pay.
October 9, 2019 – Education Week

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