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Oct

New Jersey teachers are now joining hands together to improve teacher quality and professional practice. According to reports, a new coalition of the state’s teacher educators, teachers’ unions, and other education groups with leaders of this coalition, the Garden State Alliance for Strengthening Education have held a high-profile symposium “Taking Back the Profession” recently.

17

Oct

Teachers in Philadelphia public schools are facing drastic situation where there isn’t enough fund to meet the necessary requirements. According to reports, such is the state of austerity across Philadelphia, where this fall, the schools almost did not open on time, and the district has eliminated 5,000 staff positions and closed 31 schools over the last two years.  Philadelphia’s struggles while the most acute in Pennsylvania reflect funding crises elsewhere in the state. Some of the critics of the state’s financing of education say that it is largely to blame, it was mentioned.

16

Oct

In order to regain the federal waiver which it lost after not adhering to Common Core standards, Oklahoma is trying for a new education standard.  According to reports, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will meet in Oklahoma City to vote on whether Oklahoma’s current Priority Academic Student Skills, or PASS, education standards are “college and career ready.”

16

Oct

It has been reported that the Waukegan Teachers’ Council, which is part of the Lake County Federation of Teachers, in Illinois has been without a contract since June. Now more than 1,000 teachers in Waukegan, Illinois who have been on strike since October 2, are continuing to demand that the board of education return to the bargaining table and work with the union on a fair contract.