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Dedicated Students Change Teacher's Snow Day Plans

Memphis English teacher Candous Brown led a Facebook Live class after students asked for help

(Newser) - To teach or not to teach—that is the question. And Candous Brown chose "to teach" on Wednesday morning, even though her school in Memphis, Tenn., was closed for a snow day. WREG notes that the English instructor at Raleigh-Egypt High School was still in her "kitty-kat pajamas"... More »

Jenna Fischer Sorry for Tweet on Tax Bill

'I did not mean to spread misinformation'

(Newser) - Jenna Fischer won praise from Republicans on Wednesday for admitting she got her facts wrong in a tweet about the GOP tax bill. The actress, best known for her role as Pam in The Office, had said that the bill stops teachers from deducting the cost of classroom supplies they... More »

Pa. Teachers: 'Unprecedented' Violence Has Caused Dozens to Resign

They're asking district for help

(Newser) - At least 45 teachers resigned from Pennsylvania's Harrisburg School District between July and October due to misbehavior in classrooms, and more have resigned since then, according to the Harrisburg Education Association. The HEA is asking district administrators to help find a solution; they say the misbehavior is at unprecedented... More »

Unions Blast 'Blatantly Political' Suit Headed to SCOTUS

Supreme Court will look at whether all public employees have to pay 'fair share' fees

(Newser) - Teachers and other public employees are now eyeing the Supreme Court after it announced Thursday it will take on a case next summer that may have big repercussions for unions. The Los Angeles Times reports the high court will look at overruling the requirement that all public employees, not just... More »

A Teacher of the Year's Photo With Trump Is Going Viral

Thanks to a rainbow pin and black fan

(Newser) - Rhode Island's Teacher of the Year is drawing attention for his display of LGBT pride in a photo-op with President Trump, the AP reports. The photo from Nikos Giannopoulos' visit to the Oval Office in April shows the teacher wearing a rainbow pin on his suit jacket; he is... More »

7th-Grader's 'Award' Names Her Most Likely Terrorist

End-of-year ceremony ends on sour note in Texas

(Newser) - A mock awards ceremony for Texas middle school students ended on a sour note for one seventh-grader. Lizeth Villanueva tells KHOU teachers in the room were snickering as she and other students were handed certificates Tuesday at Channelview's Anthony Aguirre Junior High, though she wasn't laughing when she... More »

Teachers Caught Naming Students in 'F***, Marry, Kill'

Two Michigan teachers and a secretary have resigned

(Newser) - Two teachers and a superintendent's secretary have resigned after video surfaced of them playing a game of "F***, Marry, Kill" involving coworkers and students last month at a bar in Michigan, Fox 17 reports. Some of the students named during the game have special needs. According to WOOD... More »

Teachers Drop Picket Signs to Save Family From Fire

They break down door of Pennsylvania home, get 3 people out

(Newser) - A family in Pennsylvania was saved from a fire thanks to some sharp-eyed teachers—and the Ambridge Area School District's failure to agree to a new contract with their union. The striking teachers were walking the picket line Thursday morning when they spotted smoke rising from a house about... More »

Teachers Arrested on Suspicion of Drawing Very Poor Dinosaur

While allegedly ruining a newly poured sidewalk

(Newser) - Two Vermont teachers have found themselves in a very embarrassing situation, publicly exposed as unable to draw a dinosaur. Oh, also they were arrested on suspicion of vandalism. Windsor police say 29-year-old Abigail Howard and 35-year-old Jennifer Rist were told to stay away from wet concrete that had been poured... More »

Teachers' New Pet: GoFundMe

Educators increasingly turn to crowdfunding to supplement cost of classroom supplies

(Newser) - Paper? Pencils? Laptops? Robots? Teachers are increasingly relying on crowdfunding efforts to stock their classrooms with both the mundane and sometimes big-ticket items, reports the AP . Contributions to education campaigns have climbed on GoFundMe and DonorsChoose, from just more than $31.2 million in 2010 to nearly $140 million in... More »

Teacher on Leave After Math Quiz on 'Pimps,' 'Ho's'

Alabama middle school teacher was set to retire this month

(Newser) - Murder, AK-47s, "pimps and ho's"—topics you'd expect to see covered in a police report, not on a middle school math quiz. Yet a teacher in Mobile, Ala., included those subjects on her exam, and she's now been placed on administrative leave because of it,... More »

Detroit Teachers Call In Sick: 94 of 97 Schools Closed

Teachers found out they likely won't get paid past June 30

(Newser) - Detroit Public Schools' finances are in such bad shape that teachers were told over the weekend they won't be getting paid past June 30, barring emergency funds from the Michigan Legislature, the Detroit Free Press reports. Most of the district's 2,600 or so teachers aren't taking... More »

Art Teacher Says 'Vagina,' Is Now Out of a Job

She needed approval, according to school policy

(Newser) - Substitute teacher Allison Wint showed eighth-graders artwork by Georgia O'Keeffe—known for painting flowers that resemble female genitalia—during a lesson last Thursday, remarking that the first viewers who saw "vaginas" within the paintings likely thought, "I'm either a pervert or this woman was a pervert.... More »

Teacher's Letter to 'Inept' Lawmakers Goes Viral

He says Oklahoma lawmakers encourage cycle of poverty

(Newser) - Steven Wedel teaches high school English in Oklahoma City, and in a blog post that's gone viral , he describes the tough lives many of his students lead. "Over 90% of the kids in my high school are on the free or reduced lunch programs," he writes. "... More »

After Kids Succeed, Texas Teacher Eats Worms

Teachers step up to the plate, do 'gross but awesome' things

(Newser) - "It kind of made me want to throw up. But it was pretty awesome." That from a 10-year-old student at Clements/Parsons Elementary School who was marveling over what her teachers in Copperas Cove, Texas, did last Thursday. Namely, they fulfilled a bet: If their fourth- and fifth-grade students... More »

Colbert Helps Fund Every SC Teacher Request

He teams up to grant 1K wishes on crowdfunding site for about $800K

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert describes himself as a product of South Carolina public schools, and today he showed his gratitude: He announced funding for every single request from his home state's teachers on the crowdfunding site DonorsChoose . That's good for nearly 1,000 requests from more than 800 teachers, for... More »

Kansas Might Make It Easier to Prosecute Teachers

Educators may soon be on the hook for using 'harmful materials' in lesson plans

(Newser) - Kansas Democrats said they were caught "unprepared" by a discussion on a controversial bill, and now it's too late to make any amendments before it goes to a final vote. Senate Bill 56 would make it easier to prosecute teachers and school administrators in Kansas who use "... More »

Ditching Teaching Tenure Won't Help Students

Catherine Rampell: Our real concern is hiring good teachers, not firing bad ones

(Newser) - A California judge this week dealt a blow to the practice of granting tenure to public school teachers, ruling that it allows bad teachers to keep their jobs and thus deprives students —especially minorities—of their right to an education. It's a closely watched case that will likely... More »

Judge: Teacher Tenure Robs Poor Kids of Education

California judge calls it unconstitutional in landmark case

(Newser) - No more tenure for teachers? A judge in California ruled that granting lifetime jobs to educators often results in lousy schools in poor neighborhoods, reports the Los Angeles Times . Citing Brown v. Board of Education, Judge Rolf Treu said tenure for public school teachers violates the state's constitution because... More »

Teacher Fired After Asking Kids About Her Love Life

Bronx 4th-graders 'counseled' Cassandre Fiering

(Newser) - New York City has dumped a substitute teacher after she asked a 4th-grade class in the Bronx what she should do about her love life. Cassandre Fiering, 45, acted out scenarios with the PS 189 class as they helped her choose between two 30-something men in her life, DNAinfo New... More »

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