Weekly News Round-Up for February 8th
posted by: Melissa | February 08, 2019, 07:25 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, West Virginia’s education bill, Denver teachers prep to strike, the flu hits hard, and more!

West Virginia’s House Rewrites Controversial Bill: West Virginia’s omnibus education bill passed the Senate after much controversy. The bill that passed the Senate gave teachers much of what they wanted but also included several reforms. Now that the bill is being debated in the state’s House of Representatives and the house has stripped out many of the more controversial sections. The bill no longer includes a paycheck protection provision or Educational Savings Accounts for all students, and it limits the number of charter schools in the state to two. It does still contain limits on teacher seniority rights and the ability of teachers to collect pay during a strike.

Denver Teachers Prepared to Strike: The teachers union and district leadership in Denver Public Schools have reached an impasse over the district’s pay system. The teachers union is upset over the district’s use of bonuses as supplemental pay and wants those bonuses to be lowered along with a higher base salary. District officials asked the state to intervene after the union turned down an offer of an additional $50 million for teacher pay. When the state refused to step in, the union announced that they were prepared to strike starting next Monday. Now both sides are scrambling to find a last-minute deal and have agreed to meet today to continue negotiations.

Schools Closed Due to Flu: A particularly harsh flu season has led some schools to close due to sickness. Particularly hit are schools in the south and in Idaho where nine separate districts have closed. Closing schools is one way to prevent the spread of the disease, which can be deadly. Six people in North Carolina alone died from the illness. If your school has not closed, the CDC has released a factsheet for teachers on how to combat the flu in your classroom.

Happening Elsewhere:

Arming Florida teachers proposed again in Senate bill

Indiana superintendent accused of committing insurance fraud to help student resigns

Video show Ga. teacher repeatedly punching student

Upset tummies from weed gummies at Ohio elementary school lands mom in jail, cops say

Cleaner classrooms and rising scores: With tighter oversight, head start shows gains

Ruiz, Singleton bill creating pilot program to recruit minority men to teach in NJ clears committee

Gov. Newsom asks to review impact of California charter schools on district finances

Classrooms in Crisis: New OR report calls student outbursts community issue

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf's budget would boost education funding

Gov. Greg Abbott names school finance, property tax reform emergency items

New GOP governor proposes $1,200 raise for Oklahoma teachers

Oklahoma ramps up Capitol security after teacher walkout

Maine bill to limit ‘obscene material’ in classrooms draws passionate testimony

Nashville school board member and political operative apologizes for his part in Tennessee’s Race to the Top

Indiana debate over teacher pay boost remains unsettled

Idaho lawmakers eye big changes to education funding system

N.C. Crime commission panel makes school safety recommendations

DeSantis wants new teacher bonus program

Tennessee Gov. Lee touts vocational, technical training push

Illinois Senate pushing again for $40k minimum teacher salaries

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