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April 22, 2015

Reducing Testing Could Surface in Senate ESEA Debate

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., introduced legislation Tuesday that would roll back the current annual testing schedule in rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

April 15, 2015

AFT: Senate ESEA Bill Is a 'Strong Foundation'

A first look at the 1.6 million-member union's take on the Senate's draft bill to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act.

April 13, 2015

NEA: NCLB Draft Needs Heftier Focus on Equity

The 3 million-member union wants a revised law to push harder on exposing and rectifying inequities in funding and teacher quality.

April 09, 2015

NEA Bullish on Prospects for Senate Passage of Bipartisan ESEA Rewrite

The last time the Senate voted on a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was when it debated the No Child Left Behind Act back in 2001, meaning most current senators have never cast a vote on K-12 law.

March 25, 2015

NEA Getting a Head Start on Its 2016 Presidential Endorsement

The NEA is getting started on its 2016 presidential endorsement process extra early this year—while at the same time trying to shine a spotlight on the issue of education in general, the union's president, Lilly Eskelsen Garcia told reporters.

March 12, 2015

Connecticut Union Offers Proposal to End Common-Core Tests

The Connecticut Education Association would scrap the Smarter Balanced assessments and replace them with a series of shorter progress tests.

March 03, 2015

Vergara Part 3: Reimagining Tenure

In my 20-plus years of teaching one thing I have learned is teachers need the protection of tenure to effectively advocate for their students. I joined the most recent Educators 4 Excellence-Los Angeles (E4E-Los Angeles) policy team out of a strong desire to preserve tenure, along with collective bargaining rights and our unions. Here are some of the big takeaways of our recommendations for creating tenure for teachers in California.

February 24, 2015

In Anti-Testing Push, Unions Turn to Polls, Ads

The New Jersey and Connecticut state affiliates of the National Education Association are mounting aggressive campaigns.

February 23, 2015

Vergara Part 2: Tenure Is a Misnomer

Permanent status, that's what I have earned as a second grade teacher in the state of California. I didn't even notice that my pay-stub had changed from the words "Probationary" to "Permanent." I didn't get a letter of congratulations from the superintendent, nor from my principal. It was just another ordinary day. The term tenure in California is used strictly with higher education faculty members.

February 17, 2015

National Teachers' Unions Step Up Lobbying Efforts on NCLB Rewrite

The NEA and AFT have launched separate grass-roots lobbying efforts in hopes of continuing to push their priorities for the federal K-12 overhaul.

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