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State Gives Vaccine Priority to Smokers

New Jersey teachers 'incensed' at the decision

(Newser) - Teachers in New Jersey are furious over the state's vaccination rollout, which gives priority to smokers over educators. Now that some 300,000 coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered to frontline health care workers, residents of long-term care homes, police officers, and firefighters, New Jersey has begun offering vaccines...

Teacher Deaths Heighten Worries Over COVID

At least 6 since school year began, but transmission not necessarily related to schools

(Newser) - At least six US teachers have died from coronavirus complications since the start of the school year in what the Daily Beast sees as "an ominous sign of what's to come as students return to classrooms across the country." There is no clear evidence, however, that the...

Celeb Comes Through for Preschool Teacher

Brian Austin Green pays off Amazon Wish List when it comes to his attention

(Newser) - Brian Austin Green is back in the news for a reason much better than a celebrity breakup . TMZ reports that the 90210 star paid off a preschool teacher's Amazon Wish List for school supplies. Amy Hoffman of Collingswood, New Jersey, says she watched Green's Instagram Live show last...

Teachers Sue After Being Shot 'Execution-Style' in Shooter Drill

They say deputies mocked them after injuring them with plastic pellets

(Newser) - Teachers who say they were left physically and emotionally scarred by an active-shooter drill at an Indiana elementary school last year are suing the sheriff's department responsible. The Meadowlawn Elementary School teachers say four White House County Sheriff's deputies subjected them to "verbal threats, expletives, and screaming,...

Desperate Mom Sold Honey. Then Came Mel Gibson's Lawyer

Mel Gibson's attorney contacts unemployed Chilean woman for selling 'Miel Gibson' product

(Newser) - Trying to make ends meet while in coronavirus quarantine has been a struggle for millions around the world, including in Chile, which has had one of the most rigid lockdowns. Yohana Agurto, a Chilean single mom of four who hasn't been teaching during the pandemic, was desperate to bring...

An ICU Nurse Makes a Plea to Teachers

They must do their jobs, despite the risks, like doctors and nurses, writes Kristen McConnell

(Newser) - An essay in the Atlantic makes an argument that might not sit well with many of the nation's teachers: Kristen McConnell writes that they need to suck it up and do their jobs amid the pandemic. The twist is that McConnell is an ICU nurse in New York who...

Witherspoon Wanted to Help Teachers. It Backfired

One million educators applied for a free Draper James dress; there were only 250 available

(Newser) - Reese Witherspoon said she wanted "to show teachers a little extra love" in offering free dresses through her fashion line, Draper James, earlier this month, per Glamour . But love is hardly what teachers are feeling following the promotion, described as a way to honor those who are "working...

They're Fighting the Virus. Now, Their Own Google Doodles

For 2 weeks, search giant is paying tribute to those on the front lines of fighting COVID-19

(Newser) - Do a Google search today and you'll notice a new Google Doodle —a temporary redo of the company's logo, often used to mark holidays or commemorate important people and events—dedicated to a group that CNET calls "largely unsung heroes" in the coronavirus pandemic. Hover with...

Teacher Who Showed Photo of Future Wife Gets $100K Settlement

She was suspended for allegedly 'promoting the homosexual agenda'

(Newser) - A Texas teacher who was forced out of the job she loved for showing students a photo of the woman she was going to marry has settled with the school district for $100,000. Stacy Bailey was suspended from her position as an art teacher at Arlington's Charlotte Anderson...

Teacher Unions Call for End to Active Shooter Drills

Drills can harm students' mental health, they say

(Newser) - The nation's two largest teachers' unions are calling for schools to revise or eliminate active shooter drills, saying they can harm students' mental health and that there are better ways to prepare for the possibility of a school shooting. The American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association joined...

Calif. Teachers Waste No Time Suing Delta Over Fuel Dump

4 of them say they were exposed to 'overwhelming' fumes when troubled plane shed fuel over school

(Newser) - Four teachers from a Los Angeles-area school sued Delta Air Lines on Friday, saying they were exposed to jet fuel when a plane with engine trouble dumped its fuel over a densely populated area, including several schools, while making an emergency return to the airport. The teachers described the fuel...

Another Teacher in Hot Water Over Slavery Assignment

Missouri principal sends letter to parents acknowledging 'culturally insensitive' question

(Newser) - A Missouri teacher is on administrative leave after asking fifth graders to set their price for a slave. The Blades Elementary School teacher gave an assignment in class with 12 questions that, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , were meant to educate students on colonial market practices in America; 11 of...

Chicago Teachers OK 'Historic' Deal

Among other things, teachers get a 16% raise

(Newser) - Chicago teachers on Friday approved the contract deal that ended an 11-day strike and includes pay raises, $35 million to enforce limits on class sizes, and a pledge to supply each school with a nurse and a social worker, the AP reports. The Chicago Teachers Union’s 25,000 members...

Chicago Students Will Return to School Friday

Teachers strike ends after 11 days of canceled classes

(Newser) - Chicago teachers and the nation's third-largest school district reached a labor contract deal on Thursday, ending a strike that canceled 11 days of classes for more than 300,000 students, the AP reports. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the district had reached a deal with the Chicago Teachers Union...

Chicago Teachers Strike: It's Not Money, 'It's the Kids'

They say the issues have to do with resources, class size

(Newser) - Chicago teachers went on strike Thursday, marching on picket lines after failing to reach a contract deal with the nation's third-largest school district in a dispute that canceled classes for more than 300,000 students. The strike came after the Chicago Teachers Union confirmed Wednesday night that its 25,...

Science Teacher on Leave After Greta Thunberg Comment

'Dont have my sniper rifle'

(Newser) - Matt Baish is a science teacher at Iowa's Waterloo West High School, but he apparently doesn't like the science that Greta Thunberg is promoting—and he's now been placed on administrative leave over an online comment. The Des Moines Register reports that, in advance of a visit...

7 Middle Schoolers Charged Over Semen-Laced Crepes

Urine-tainted barbecue sauce was allegedly on the menu, too

(Newser) - Eighth grade students in Ohio are facing charges after allegedly serving teachers crepes topped with semen and urine . The seven male students at Hyatts Middle School in Powell, all 14 years old, were charged Tuesday in Delaware County Juvenile Court following a three-month investigation. It began as video circulated showing...

'Super Bowl'-Style Deal May Soon Bring $1.6B to Texas Teachers

Details on education plan unveiled by Gov. Greg Abbott, including teacher raises, are still scarce

(Newser) - The Texas Legislature has been grappling lately with a slew of issues, from immigration and abortion to LGBT rights. Now, a big move for lawmakers there on one particular front: GOP Gov. Greg Abbott has announced relief will soon arrive to help his state's public school teachers. The AP...

Teacher Posted Salary. Then Came the Amazon Boxes

Arizona's Elisabeth Milich welcomes stranger's 'amazing blessing'

(Newser) - Elisabeth Milich wasn't exactly thrilled with her $35,000 salary in 2018 and made that known in a Facebook post. Still, the second-grade teacher at Phoenix's Whispering Wind Academy felt lucky: "I have my husband's income where I can buy [lunch] for kids that don't...

Alabama Man 'Blown Away' by People's Generosity

David Green can see his daughter thanks to donated sick days

(Newser) - David Green was out of sick days when he learned just how much his colleagues cared, CNN reports. The Alabama history teacher's daughter, Kinsley, is receiving cancer treatments 100 miles away from their Huntsville home—but he had no more sick days to visit her. So his wife went...

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