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December 04, 2013

With New Mayor Coming in, N.Y.C. Teacher Contract Continues to Languish

A primer on some of the as-yet-unresolved issues on the table for contract negotiations in the nation's largest school district.

December 04, 2013

Detroit Bankruptcy Ruling Could Set Pension Precedent

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ruled Detroit eligible for bankruptcy. While teachers' pensions will not be impacted, other states and jurisdictions dealing with underfunded pensions could draw on the ruling.

November 01, 2013

Unions Raise Concerns About Teacher Background-Check Proposal

Unions oppose details of a House bill requiring background checks for teachers.

October 18, 2013

New York Unions Target State Chief Over Common-Core Testing

Unions are turning on the heat on New York Education Commissioner John King, saying he must slow the consequences attached to new common-core-aligned exams.

October 08, 2013

Syracuse Union Head Vows to Appeal Evaluation Results

The Syracuse Teachers Association is not happy with results indicating that 40 percent of teachers are "developing" or "ineffective."

September 04, 2013

Seattle Teachers Approve Contract, Avert Strike

Details haven't been made public yet, but a leaked document indicates teachers' raises will be higher than they've been in five years.

August 16, 2013

Commission Suspends Philadelphia Teacher-Staffing, -Pay Rules

Philadelphia plans to suspend some teacher seniority and pay provisions as it rehires staff through a $50 million borrowing scheme.

August 09, 2013

Minn. Union Seeks Elimination of NCLB Test

A Minnesota union wants to use collective bargaining to end the administration of a federally required test.

August 08, 2013

AFT Goes After Emails About Tony Bennett, ALEC, Jeb Bush's Group

The American Federation of Teachers and its Indiana affiliate have filed public records requests in the Hoosier State for emails between Bennett and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education.

July 23, 2013

AFT Analysis: K-12 Testing Is Pervasive, Costly

The precise scope of testing varies by district, but there's one common element: It's expensive and pervasive, says a new AFT report.

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