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Looking back at week one of the LA instructor strike
The school district and union leaders returned to the negotiation table on Thursday, and with talks set up throughout the weekend, some are attempting to see an end to this week-long teacher strike.
And for district leaders, the strike is getting expensive. The Los Angeles Unified School District gets state funds based on attendance. On Thursday, for example, just 17 percent of trainees came to school, according to the LA T imes. Each day of the strike indicates an estimated net loss of about $10 to $15 million dollars, according to the district.
Another concern has come back up: charter schools. Charter schools get public dollars however are privately handled, and union leaders at United Teachers Los Angeles state this takes cash away from public schools. Aside from that, UTLA is still unsatisfied with the district’s plan to lower class sizes, improve teacher pay, reallocate district funds and hire more personnel — like nurses, curators and therapists.
Denver instructor union leader: ‘We expect a strike’
The instructors’ union in Denver will vote on whether or not it wants a strike on Saturday and Tuesday. A couple of issues brought the 2 sides to this point. The most recent is that, on Friday at midnight, the labor agreement in between Denver Public Schools and the Denver Classroom Educators Association ended.
Late Friday night, the union also turned down a proposition from the district. It was $8 million shy of what the union was asking from the district to improve, among many things, teacher pay.
Results from the vote to strike might come as quickly as Tuesday night, according to union authorities.
The Home Education Committee’s newest member is the 2016 National Instructor of the Year
2016 National Instructor of the Year Jahana Hayes has been named to the Home Education and Labor Committee. Hayes, a Democratic congresswoman from Connecticut, made education an integral part of her project platform, promising if chosen to advocate for college access, teacher preparedness and preparation, and career readiness and training.
She won her main in an distressed last August and defeated Republican Manny Santos for the open seat in November. Hayes signs up with a Committee that enacts laws on all levels of education, labor force development, and health, employment, labor, and pensions.
Study: Completing a easy writing exercise prior to tests can assistance low-income trainees pass
A brand-new research study found that helping students handle stress before big examinations could boost their possibilities of doing well, especially if the trainees are low-income.
Researchers arbitrarily assigned some 9 th-graders at a large, economically diverse high school in the Midwest to compose for ten minutes about their thoughts and feelings before both their midterm and final biology tests. Other trainees were asked to read and reflect on an excerpt from a 2011 study in the Journal of Psychophysiology about physical reactions to tension and how these responses might potentially assist, not harm, those who felt them. A control group of students took the tests as normal. Scientist discovered that low-income students who completed the pre-exam tasks were less likely to stop working biology than low-income trainees in the control group, and that gaps between high-income and low-income students narrowed for trainees who had completed the composing workouts.
Federal Reserve study highlights affects of student loans
Researchers at the federal reserve will release a series of reports looking at the “financial conditions and experiences of consumers and communities.” In their first report, the researchers focused on the effects of student loans.
“Our estimates suggest that increases in student loan debt are an essential aspect in describing their decreased homeownership rates, however not the main cause of the decline,” the report’s authors stated.
The research likewise looked at “rural brain drain” and how student loans affected rural graduates who might or might not leave for a city area.