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ConnCAN wins the 'If Bernie Madoff Worked in School Finance' Award

Every year, the University of Colorado's National Education Policy Center bestows its "Bunkum Awards" for "the most compellingly lousy educational research for the past year." Recipients are think tank reports that "have most egregiously undermined informed discussion and sound policy making." ConnCAN , the charter school lobbyist group, received the "If Bernie Madoff Worked in School Finance" Award for its report, "Spend Smart," on how to reform school funding in Connecticut.

Share My Lesson offers online access to vast resources

SMLThe AFT and Britain's TES Connect have come together to create "Share My Lesson," a new digital platform for U.S. educators to collaborate and share teaching resources and innovative ideas, with a significant emphasis on resources to guide teachers in implementing the new Common Core State Standards. The site is live, and teachers are already registering and sharing their best ideas with colleagues around the country.

New Haven teacher honored with U.S. History Teacher of the Year Award

And the U.S. history teacher of the year award goes to Gretchen M. Gurr, Hamden native, Southern Connecticut State University alumna and U.S. history teacher at James Hillhouse High School.

Workers and Their Unions Key to Economic Turnaround, Election Outcome

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Columbia University Professor Dorian Warren both say the best way to solve the nation’s economic crisis is to grow the middle class rather than allowing wealth to concentrate in fewer and fewer hands. Unions, they say, will play a vital role politically and economically in building a strong middle class.

Connecticut wins No Child Left Behind waiver

IB ImageU.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced today that Connecticut has won its bid for a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements.

Since 1995, Zillionaires Have Received Biggest Tax Breaks

There's always a lot of noise on campaign trails about cutting taxes. But as the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) points out, the real question is: Whose taxes?

Technicality Snarls Fairer NLRB Union Election Rules

Based on a technicality, a federal judge rejected commonsense rules making National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) union elections fairer.

Saundra McCauley named AFT 2012 Everyday Hero

AFT has named Saundra McCauley, a School Nurse, from West Haven Federation of Teachers and School Nurses, Local 1547, a 2012 Everyday Hero.

The 99 Percent Solution to the Retirement Security Crisis

The Washington Post recently ran a lengthy article explaining the difficulties Americans face in providing for a secure retirement, as traditional pension plans become less common and 401(k) savings accounts prove to be frighteningly inadequate.

American Rights at Work Launches Union-Made Guide

Our friends at American Rights at Work (ARAW) have just launched a new feature to help consumers find union-made products. The Union Shop: A Guide to What’s Union-Made (click here) breaks products into sections from Apparel to Home Improvements, Sweets and Snacks and many more to help buyers use their purchasing power to support good U.S. jobs.

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