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Wisconsin May Be Just the Beginning
posted by: Pamela | February 22, 2011, 05:54 pm   


Governors who swept into power in state houses this year with promises to cut spending and bring business to depressed states are now beginning to usher in a new era of labor relations that could result in the largest reduction of power to public sector unions in generations.But as the massive protests, strikes, and legislative boycotts in Wisconsin have shown, the call to derail compulsory unionism can be fraught with risk and unpredictable turns as newly elected legislators try to transform campaign promises into action.

 
Increased Education Spending in Federal Budget
posted by: Pamela | February 17, 2011, 12:50 pm   

This week President Obama outlined the federal budget at a middle school in Baltimore. While he discussed the scope of the entire federal budget, education was a major focus. Obama called for increased spending for education programs despite the call for cuts from congressional Republicans.
 
Tax Tips for Teachers
posted by: Pamela | February 14, 2011, 05:01 pm   


With tax season just around the corner, it's important to know what kind of federal tax breaks you might be eligible for as an educator. Most teachers purchase supplies for their classroom out of their own pockets throughout the school year. What you need to know is that if you are a teacher you can deduct up to $250 for unreimbursed classroom expenses.

 
Advancing Technology in the Classroom
posted by: Pamela | February 07, 2011, 04:27 pm   


With technology advancing at high speeds, one Maryland teacher is putting new methods to use in her classroom. Stacey Roshan, a math teacher, has come up with a way to help her students relax more in class while meeting the challenges of AP calculus and algebra.

 
Alabama Teachers Flocking to AAE
posted by: Pamela | February 03, 2011, 12:23 pm   

Due to some recent landmark legislation, Alabama teachers are finding themselves at a crossroads with their local union, the Alabama Education Association, an affiliate of the NEA. Recently, the Alabama Legislature passed Senate Bill 2. This measure prohibits the AEA from using payroll deductions to support political activity. This legislation is a direct blow to the union machine and the perfect opportunity for Alabama teachers to evaluate their membership and consider alternatives.
 
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