Los Angeles school district, teachers in tentative labor deal

Reuters – Staff Writer “The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the city’s teachers union reached a tentative agreement on Friday night, the union said, averting a possible strike. The three-year agreement includes a 10 percent pay rise...

Schools Nationwide Struggle With Substitute Teacher Shortage

The Huffington Post – Tom Coyne “Carrie Swing wasn’t alarmed when her fifth-grade daughter, Ivy, spent a day in a first-grade classroom at her San Francisco school, filling out worksheets and helping younger students read because no substitute could...

The Evolution of Teacher Pensions

Education Next – Chris Adelman “The bottom line (in red) represents the pension plan offered to Missouri teachers in 1975. It was a fairly standard pension plan. Teachers did not qualify for any pension at all in their early years before “vesting” at five...

Symposium highlights teacher mentoring program

The Des Moines Register – Jason Noble “Almost 500 Iowa educators gathered in Ankeny on Monday for a status update on the state’s new system for improving the performance of K-12 teachers.”...

STEAM tips and resources you can use right now

E-School News – Laura Devaney “The need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and proficiency is nothing new. But a movement is growing for STEAM education, in which the “a” stands for Arts. Cultivating scientific and...