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Detroit teachers sue district over shoddy school conditions

CBS News – AP

“The Detroit teachers’ union has filed a lawsuit against the district calling for it to repair “deplorable” conditions and remove the state-appointed emergency manager…Teachers claim the health of Detroit’s 46,000 students is in danger…At Spain Elementary School, some kindergartners wore their coats in class when CBS News visited at the beginning of January. In several rooms, it was just too cold for 5-year-olds. School counselor Lekia Wilson led CBS News on a tour, when we noticed a smell. “You can smell the mold through the hallway,” Wilson said. An entire section of the school is closed off, including the gym. It’s been ripped up for a year. “You’re seeing the result of rain coming right into the school,” Wilson explained. Water leaking from the roof warped the wood floor, and now the smell of mildew fills the air…The state took over financial management of Detroit Public Schools in 2009. The district is still $515 million in debt.”(more)

16,000+ Events Across US Mark National School Choice Week

Education News – Raymond Scott

“In 2011, The Week, a nonprofit, nonpolitical public awareness effort, created an event to be held in January that celebrated diverse educational options — National School Choice Week (NSCW). The annual event attempts to raise public awareness about the range of educational possibilities for students, including traditional public schools, magnet schools, charter schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling. Over the last five years, National School Choice Week has become the world’s largest celebration of opportunity in education, with more than 16,000 events being held across all 50 states this year. The festivities officially began on Sunday, January 24th and will run through Saturday, January 30th. A useful fact sheet about the history of the holiday and events being held near you can be found on the organization’s website, and all events are independently planned by schools and participating organizations…The goal of National School Choice Week is to inform students about what kind of educational opportunities exist in their regions to assure that they are receiving the kind of education that they want and deserve.”(more)

School Choice Rally in Florida Draws Over 10,000

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Thousands of parents and children came together in Florida’s capital in an effort to persuade the largest teacher’s union in the state to drop a lawsuit against an education voucher program that benefits low-income families. Martin Luther King III led the rally, along with religious and community leaders, arguing that the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship offers opportunities to families who may not otherwise be able to have them, and urging the Florida Education Association to cease the lawsuit they have brought against the program, reports Jim Rosica for Florida Politics. The FEA, along with other critics of the program, believe the scholarships are taking money away from the public school system in Florida.”(more)

Boston Teachers Union Approves Extended School Day

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“The Boston Teachers Union has agreed to extend the school day by 40 minutes each day for all elementary and middle schools who do not already have extended day programs in place. About two-thirds of the schools in the Boston Public Schools district will be affected by the change, or around 60 schools and 23,000 students… A “school-by-school decision” will be made on how best to include the extra 40 minutes each day, depending on what each district believes it needs.”(more)

Florida Teachers Union Files Lawsuit Over Controversial Voucher Bill

Sunshine State News – ALLISON NIELSEN

“Florida’s legislative session may be over for the year, but the controversy over a bill to expand the state’s voucher program is just heating up. On Wednesday, the largest teachers’ union in the state filed a lawsuit against the governor, members of the Cabinet and Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart over the recently-passed legislation, claiming its many added provisions make it unconstitutional.” (more)