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Mexican president starts process to scrap education reforms

Dec. 12, 2018 1:45 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signed an initiative Wednesday that would cancel the controversial education reforms of his predecessor and announced plans to vastly expand free university education. Cancellation of the reform was one of Lopez Obrador's most oft-repeated...

Teachers union: Tentative deal to end charter schools strike

Dec. 9, 2018 6:31 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The nation's first teachers' strike against a charter school operator will end after their union and management struck a tentative deal Sunday that includes protections for students and immigrant families living in the country illegally. The Chicago Teachers Union said more than 500 teachers...

Chicago charter school network seeks order to end strike

Dec. 8, 2018 10:39 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago charter school network is seeking help in halting a teachers' strike for much of the past week. The Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times report Acero filed complaints Friday with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board and National Labor Relations Board against the Chicago Teachers...

New Democratic governors show shift on US charter schools

Dec. 6, 2018 2:22 PM EST

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor's race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country's highest concentration of for-profit charter schools. Republican Bill Schuette, a DeVos ally and the state's attorney general, ultimately lost to...

Union: Chicago teachers stage 1st US charter school strike

Dec. 4, 2018 3:50 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Teachers employed by a Chicago charter school network took to the picket lines Tuesday in what their union described as the first strike at any of the privately run, taxpayer-funded schools in the U.S. The strike at Acero's 15 charter schools in Chicago following months of failed contract...

Sheriff supports armed teachers to stop school shooters

Nov. 21, 2018 10:47 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The sheriff leading the state commission investigating Florida's high school massacre says he now believes trained, volunteer teachers should have access to guns so they can stop shooters who get past other safeguards. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chairman of the...

Unions file lawsuit against Puerto Rico over worker pensions

Nov. 15, 2018 5:38 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Two unions have filed a lawsuit against Puerto Rico's government accusing it of mismanaging employee retirement accounts. The announcement was made Thursday by the American Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The unions...

Tough lessons: Teachers fall short in midterm races

Nov. 12, 2018 2:58 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After falling short in her race for the state legislature, high school history teacher Jenny Urie returned to her central Kentucky classroom, suddenly doubtful of just how far a grassroots uprising to bolster public education could go. As massive walkouts over teacher salaries and...

Study: S Carolina teachers poorer today than in 2008

Nov. 1, 2018 8:25 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A study by the National Education Association says South Carolina teachers are poorer today than they were during the Great Recession. The Post and Courier reported Tuesday that the study says salaries for teachers in the state have crept up to about $51,000, but haven't kept pace...

After 24 years, Washington state charter school law stands

Oct. 26, 2018 1:52 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A state high court decision upholding the Washington state charter school system marks the end of a decades-long political fight over the publicly funded, privately run schools. Washington in 2012 was one of the last states to set up a charter school law, though it was among the first to try...