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NAACP report finds ‘wide range of problems’ with charter schools

By Benjamin Wermund, POLITICO After calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion last year, the NAACP is releasing a highly anticipated report Wednesday that finds a “wide range of problems” with the schools. “While there are certainly some charter schools serving students well, there are also a wide range of problems with the operation of charters across the country that require attention,” [...]

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It’s The Final Week to Enter the Union Plus Summer Photo Contest

It’s The Final Week to Enter the Union Plus Summer Photo Contest

The cat and dog days of summer are here and Union Plus wants to see how your favorite furry friends enjoy the summer – hiking, swimming, traveling, lounging, or just staying cool. Submit your best summer-ready pet photos BY July 30, 2017 into the Union Plus Cat and Dog Days of Summer Contest. Your fellow union members will vote from [...]

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House Hearing on ESSA Implementation

On July 18, the House Education & the Workforce Committee held a hearing on state and local implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The witnesses testifying were as follows: Ms. Jacqueline Nowicki Director, K-12 Education U.S. Government Accountability Office Dr. Gail Pletnick Superintendent Dysart Unified School District, AZ Mr. Phillip Lovell Vice President of Policy Development and Government Relations [...]

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Education Department vacancies may hurt ESSA implementation, witnesses say

By Caitlin Emma, POLITICO Democrat Rep. Susan Davis this morning questioned the Education Department’s capacity to review state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act, given its large number of vacancies and lack of top tier political leadership. Davis made her remarks at a House Education and the Workforce hearing on state and local efforts to implement the law. Other witnesses shared [...]

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House Education Bill Guts Title IIA

House Education Bill Guts Title IIA

Analysis of House Appropriations Labor HHS Education Subcommittee’s FY18 Appropriations Bill Last night, the House Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over federal education spending marked up its FY18 appropriations bill draft. The bill provides $43.5 billion in spending for education, representing a $2.4 billion cut over last year’s funding level, and completely eliminates Title IIA and the Striving Readers programs, unexpected [...]

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School administrators slam appropriators for scrapping teacher training funds

By Caitlin Emma, POLITICO School administrators and advocates today slammed House lawmakers for advancing a bill that would eliminate more than $2 billion in federal funding for teacher training, preparation and improvement. The National Association of Elementary School Principals and the American Federation of School Administrators call it an “unconscionable decision.” A House Appropriations subcommittee tasked with funding the Education [...]

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Enter the Union Plus “Cat and Dog Days of Summer Photo Contest” Today!

Enter the Union Plus “Cat and Dog Days of Summer Photo Contest” Today!

Attention all union pet owners! Union Plus wants to see how your favorite furry friends enjoy the summer – hiking, swimming, traveling, lounging, or just staying cool. Submit your pet photos* from July 10 – July 30, 2017 for bragging rights and a chance to win prizes. One GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a one-year full-coverage pet insurance policy from [...]

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State Ed Groups Contemplate Going to Trial

POLITICO New York’s Keshia Clukey: State education organizations are plotting their next move after the state’s highest court dismissed much of a lawsuit that claims the state is not equitably funding public schools. Organizers of the suit, New Yorkers for Students’ Education Rights v. New York, are weighing whether to pursue more evidence from multiple school districts, which, judging from previous litigation, could [...]

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States, school districts get more time to report per-pupil spending

By Caitlin Emma The Education Department is giving states and school districts an extra year to report the amount of federal, state and local dollars spent per student. States and districts were supposed to comply with the new requirement under the Every Student Succeeds Act starting next school year. Federal officials are giving them a little extra time to help [...]

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Don’t Let Congress Strip Health Care Coverage From Working People

Don’t Let Congress Strip Health Care Coverage From Working People

Tell the Senate: Don’t Take Away Our Health Care House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other Republican extremists in Congress recently passed a new, damaging health care bill. It will strip health care from up to 23 million people, raise insurance premiums by as much as 20% and give a tax break to the super-rich, while taxing workplace health benefits [...]

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