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Profile of Minimum Wage Workers Isn’t What You Think

Opponents of increasing the nation’s minimum wage always fall back on the argument that it doesn’t need to be raised because it’s mostly teenagers working part-time for extra pocket money who are getting that hourly figure (which right now is $7.25).

Study shows poor outcomes for students in virtual schools

A new study should raise serious questions for anyone who believes that virtual schools are a viable solution to improving student achievement. The report by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the University of Colorado shows that students at K12 Inc., the nation's largest virtual school company, are falling further behind in reading and math scores than students in brick-and-mortar schools.

Make sure your BBQ is union made

This summer, make sure to stock your barbeque with union-made products. From Vienna Beef hot dogs to Frito Lay snacks and Weber grills, show your support for union men and women by picking the right products to serve your friends and family.

Senate deal averts student loan rate hike

Just days before the interest rate on new federally subsidized student loans was set to double, the Senate came to a bipartisan agreement that freezes the rate at 3.4 percent for another year, and Congress passed it June 29 as an amendment to a transportation bill.

Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act

By upholding the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with the American people to make quality, affordable health care a reality.

Report looks at what makes high-poverty schools effective

IB ImageA new Education Trust report validates what every teacher knows is necessary to strengthen public schools and the teaching profession, says AFT president Randi Weingarten. "Building a culture of collaboration and shared responsibility among teachers, principals and administrators; focusing on continuous professional development for teachers; and ensuring teachers have the time, tools and trust they need to improve teaching and learning are essential ingredients to building strong public schools and a quality teaching force," she says.

New AFT effort highlights Obama's record on education

IB Image"Educators for Obama" is a new AFT effort to highlight the stark differences between the two presidential candidates on the issue of public education.

New Haven school to be union managed

IB ImageNew Haven's High School in the Community will become the first turnaround high school in the city and the first to be managed by the New Haven Federation of Teachers, Local 933. Turnaround schools came about as a result of the landmark 2009 teachers’ contract, where the district works to turn around lowest performing schools.

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.

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