Monthly Archives: June 2012

SHORT READ: FRIDAY JUNE 29

Today’s Headlines: How GERM is infecting schools around the world Keeping students safe: a bill even this Congress should be able to pass Following Supreme Court decision, DC to continue implementing health care overhaul Two DC teachers among the celebrated by White House District of Columbia First in Nation to Ban Discrimination Based on (Un)Employment [...]

WTU Recovers Missing Teacher Pay

By: Emmelie De La Cruz The Washington Teachers’ Union learned Monday, June 25th that many D.C. public school teachers’ paychecks to be distributed on June 29th will only include 72 hours of work for the pay period ending on June 16th. This error could not be overlooked. Less than 48 hours later, WTU has recovered [...]

WTU SECURES RETRACTION OF EXCESSING NOTICES

The Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) recently secured the retraction of several excessing notices at DCPS schools, including the high-performing Benjamin Banneker Academic High School.  These victories demonstrate that teachers’ rights can still be enforced in a system where the rights of laborers and unions are being challenged more each day.  The key to this type [...]

SHORT READ: THURSDAY JUNE 28

Today’s Headlines: City officials launch HIV testing campaign for DC employees Does obesity affect school performance? Down the Austerity Rabbit Hole Chief justice leads Supreme Court’s support of healthcare law

Summer Vacation: Break or Shrinking Season?

By: Emmelie De La Cruz Many professionals in other fields often envy the 2 to 3 month break teachers have during the summer months. However, many are not aware of all the activities that are planned around professional development and other work-related responsibilities such as summer school, enrichment camps or even second jobs during the [...]

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A Constant Battle: Troubled Kids vs. High Stakes Testing

Teaching is made up of a bunch of little battles, struggles and obstacles that we must overcome each and everyday that we enter our classrooms. From lesson planning to classroom management, to building politics and parental involvement. As teachers, we must find ways to get it all done: to ensure that the children are learning, [...]

SHORT READ: WEDNESDAY JUNE 27

Today’s headlines: Most D.C. high school graduates don’t finish college in six years More than 17,000 names on charter school waiting lists Looking Forward: The Charter School Challenge Cuomo Signs Teacher Evaluation Disclosure Law 

SHORT READ: TUESDAY JUNE 26

Today’s headlines: Barras: DCPS kicks students out the door Report: Class size matters most in grades K-3 5 education issues that should top a U.S. policy agenda

DON’T FORGET ED: EDUCATION REFORM DESERVES PRIORITY

By Emmelie De La Cruz Wednesday, The College Board kicked off a national movement, “Don’t Forget Ed,” to make education a more prominent issue in the 2012 presidential campaign by calling upon the candidates to discuss their plans for reform. 857 school desks were placed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. as a compelling [...]

WTU SCHOLARSHIP FUND AWARDS $80,000 TO HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

The Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) hosted its annual WTU Scholarship Fund Ceremony awarding $80,000 in scholarships to four DCPS high school graduates who will pursue teaching careers in D.C. Public Schools (DCPS). “Our students are committed and passionate about education and we are proud that the scholarship fund is available to assist graduating DCPS students,” [...]

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