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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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Already home to a thriving ecosystem of private school choice, the state’s lawmakers want vouchers for thousands of new students.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
The recent wave of teacher strikes reflects a broader phenomenon, blurring the boundaries between national and local school politics, write three education professors.
April 10, 2019 – Education Week
Despite being in a profession that’s dominated by women in their childbearing years, teachers rarely get paid parental leave. To spend time with their newborns, they cobble together sick days and then take time unpaid.
April 1, 2019 – Education Week
Kentucky’s Education Commissioner on Wednesday told superintendents who experienced recent work stoppages because of high teacher absences that they should close loopholes in their district sick leave policies.
March 28, 2019 – Education Week
While last year’s teacher walkouts were focused primarily on stagnant wages and crumbling classrooms, the strike demands now are more far-reaching.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
When their advocates are on the picket line, historically marginalized students are hit particularly hard, warns one special education paraprofessional.
March 6, 2019 – Education Week
In Denver, teachers will go on strike Monday to protest a performance-pay system that’s been in place for 15 years. The dispute is illustrative of a larger national shift away from differentiated pay.
February 13, 2019 – Education Week
Though it promises a 5 percent raise, the legislation includes numerous provisions viewed as anti-union and has sparked the prospect of yet another teacher strike in that state.
February 5, 2019 – Education Week
In Los Angeles, striking teachers wanted more nurses, services for immigrants, and green spaces, in addition to better pay. Will unions around the country begin bringing broader social concerns to the bargaining table?
January 25, 2019 – Education Week
Schools doors are open as the citywide teacher strike continues, meaning administrators are the ones left delivering lessons.
January 22, 2019 – Education Week

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