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Weekly News Round-Up for December 14th
posted by: Melissa | December 14, 2018, 06:46 PM   

Each week, NWPE 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 a troubled program is fixed, a resolution to the charter strike, an end to pension reforms, and more!


DoE to Forgive Thousands of Teachers’ Debts: Last Sunday, the Department of Education announced that it would take steps to fix the troubled TEACH grant program. The goal of the program was to make teaching at low income schools more appealing by providing money for teaching degrees. However in many cases, the paperwork for the program was confusing meaning that thousands of new teachers saw their grants turned into student loans, putting them in a financially precarious position they hadn’t prepared for. The first step in turning around the program is giving teachers a chance to document that they were in compliance with the program’s requirements and if they can do so, forgiving their loans.


Deal Reached in First Charter Strike: After nearly a week on the picket line, the teachers Acero Charter Schools and the network’s leaders reached a deal that opened the schools again on Monday. Acero school leaders acceded to the union on key demands including pay and class size. The pay increase will mean that the charter network teachers will receive the same pay as Chicago Public Schools’ teachers. The school network also agreed to become “sanctuary schools” for students. The schools’ students are primarily Latino.


Kentucky Court Strikes Down Pension Law: The Kentucky Supreme Court struck down a law that made changes to the state’s pension program for public employees, including teachers. The law was passed last spring and was met by teacher protests that closed schools across the state. The court’s ruling was not based on the content of the law, but rather the method in which it was passed. The law was passed towards the end of the legislative session and by using a potential legal loophole that allowed it to escape public scrutiny before a final vote was held.


Happening Elsewhere:

Rhode Island school district turns student lunch debt over to collection agency

The Latest: Teacher apologizes for hairstyle rules

Gov. Ralph Northam proposes 5 percent pay raise for Virginia teachers

Holcomb promises Indiana teachers will see 'significant' pay hikes, but it may take years

Sleepless No More In Seattle — Later School Start Time Pays Off For Teens

Michigan school board won’t remove three wise men display

Schools and Police seek to address ‘rampant’ teenage vaping

School safety panel takes aim at Obama’s discipline guidance

Controversial Virtual School Operator Pivots to Job Training

N.H. Education Dept, National Guard address anti-drug strategies

NY Regents wants another $2.1 billion in education aid

Pennsylvania names 2019 Teacher of the Year

Vermont teachers unions allege fraud in health benefits lawsuit

Florida school shooting panel takes up Trump’s call to arm teachers

Hogan announces plan to spend $3.5 billion on Maryland school construction, balks at estimated Kirwan costs

Increase in minority teachers not keeping pace with influx of minority students in Connecticut

Millennials join the school board, not long after high school

Constance Jones named CEO of the Noble Network of Charter Schools

Texas school district's enrollment drops after mass shooting


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