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Indiana's Largest Teachers Union Settles Lawsuit Over Failed Insurance Fund

More than two dozen Indiana schools will recoup some of their losses after the state and the Indiana State Teachers Association reached a settlement in a lawsuit over what state officials call a “Ponzi scheme” involving the union’s failed health insurance fund. Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter Brandon Smith has the story: The lawsuit, filed four [...]

Five Things To Know About The Carmel Clay Teacher Contract Negotiations

The Indiana Statehouse reflected in the windows of the building housing the Indiana State Teachers Association.

Changes to the state’s collective bargaining law in 2011 created a new timeline for contract negotiations between teachers unions and school districts. Most Indiana school districts signed labor agreements before the October deadline. But teachers represented by the Carmel Clay Education Association still don’t have a contract in place for the 2012-13 school year. Last week the union [...]

Why A Connecticut School District Won't Be The Last To Team Up With A Charter

A Carpe Diem student logs into a computer in the school's "learning center," where each student has his or her own workstation.

We’ve written about Indiana school corporations using outdoor advertising to market themselves and the bitter battle over students at four state takeover schools in Indianapolis. In a state where funding follows the student, corporations compete with charters, private schools and even other districts for enrollment. So it’s hard to imagine a school district sending its top [...]

Why The Winner Of The Chicago Teachers Strike May Not Be The Union Or The Mayor

Sixth grade Chicago public school student Natalia Segal joins the picket line outside of Marshall High School on September 12, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 26,000 teachers and support staff walked off of their jobs on Monday after the Chicago Teachers Union failed to reach an agreement with the city on compensation, benefits and job security. With about 350,000 students, the Chicago school district is the third largest in the United States.

Chicago students could be back in class Friday after union leaders and school board officials indicated they had made progress during negotiations on Wednesday. Details of the talks suggest both sides will concede some points, reports The Chicago Tribune: Under the proposal, teacher raises would be structured differently, as requested by the union; evaluations of tenured [...]

How Much American Teachers Don't Make

American teachers work more than 300 hours per year longer than educators in other developed countries. But they only earn two-thirds the average pay other college graduates receive.

Why So Many More Teachers Hate Their Jobs Now

A teacher protests in Miami.

A recent survey’s results are surprising for just how unhappy teachers have become with their jobs in a short time — and, what’s more, that education policy changes arguably had little to do with it.

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