Weekly News Round-Up for November 2nd
posted by: Melissa | November 02, 2018, 07:52 PM   

Each week, ASTA brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week, charters strike, bus stop accidents spread, a shooting is blamed on bullying, and more!


Union Strikes Spread to Charter Schools: Teachers in a Chicago charter school chain voted on Tuesday to authorize a strike. The Chicago Teachers Union reported that 96% of teachers in Acero Charter Schools were unionized and 98% voted to strike. Teachers in those schools tend to be lower paid than teachers in the greater Chicago Public School District. The Chicago Teacher Union has traditionally been opposed to charter operators in the district and has tried to unionize charter schools while simultaneously condemning the growth of charters. The head of the Illinois Network of Charter School said that they would like to see the conflict resolved favorably for all sides. If the strike goes through, it will be the first such strike in the nation. Teachers at Acero schools could soon be joined by teachers at another charter chain, Chicago International Charter School, when those teachers vote whether to strike later on today.


A Deadly Week at Bus Stops: A number of accidents at bus stops have gripped the news this week. Drivers in Mississippi and Florida both hit young children after the children got off the bus. The deadliest accident, however, happened in Indiana, where a driver killed three siblings as he passed a stopped school bus. A fourth child involved in that crash survived, but will suffer permanent injuries.


North Carolina School Shooting: This week saw yet another school shooting. This time the incident occurred in Matthews, North Carolina, when one student shot and killed another during a fight. In the aftermath of the incident, some blamed bullying for the tragedy, saying that many knew about the increasing tension between the two, and the incident could have been avoided if someone had intervened sooner.


Happening Elsewhere:

Arkansas Education Commissioner sees merit in waiving teacher dismissal laws for some Little Rock schools

Private groups have long tried to help turn around struggling schools. But it’s not clear if they’re doing any good.

Anti-Semitism is on the rise in schools. After Pittsburgh, teachers grapple with a response.

The Class of 1946–2018: Twenty-seven school-shooting survivors bear their scars, and bear witness.

Democrats seize on education as an issue to win governorships in red states

New details on Education Department overhaul

Why principals need to make student mental health a priority

'We're just fed up': Teachers running for office in record numbers, motivated by low pay and education cuts

Decision requires RI to provide adult special education

Big money, endorsements supercharge race for CA’s top education job

Utah school districts could lose funding if they continue charging high fees for sports and clubs, state board decides

New study shows South Carolina teachers salaries are not keeping up with inflation

Teacher shortage in New York? 180,000 needed over next 5 years

Los Angeles teachers union rejects latest offer

Teacher takes two students to daddy-daughter dance after their dad's death

Medford restaurant transforms into classroom for special needs students


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