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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

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... More »

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... More »

'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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Kamala Harris Makes Teachers a Big Promise

The 2020 candidate focuses on a core constituency

(Newser) - Sen. Kamala Harris wants to show teachers some love. The presidential candidate announced Tuesday a $315 billion plan to raise the average public-school teachers' pay by $13,500, the Wall Street Journal reports. "Right now, teachers are making over 10% less than other college-educated graduates, and that gap is... More »

He Gives Most of His Income to His Students. He Just Won $1M

Kenya's Peter Tabichi just won 'world's best teacher' from Varkey Foundation

(Newser) - Peter Tabichi is a science and math teacher in one of the poorest schools in Kenya, and he gives away the majority of his paycheck to help his community and students at the Keriko secondary school in Pwami. The 36-year-old Franciscan friar just got those funds back, and then some:... More »

Indiana Teachers Shot at With Pellets in Drill, Drawing Blood

Indiana State Teachers Association says it happened at Meadowlawn Elementary

(Newser) - An active shooter drill staged by a local sheriff’s office at an Indiana elementary school in January ended up being far more harrowing than anticipated, according to the Indiana State Teachers Association. How it summarized what allegedly occurred at Meadowlawn Elementary in Monticello in a tweet : "During active... More »

Oakland Teachers: We Won

Striking teachers say they triumphed in negotiations

(Newser) - Striking teachers in Oakland, California, celebrated after reaching a tentative contract deal Friday with school administrators to end a seven-day walkout, the AP reports. To cheers and applause, union leaders from the Oakland Education Association announced that teachers had won much of what they demanded—higher pay, smaller classes, and... More »

Authorities Not Sure What Kind of Animal Killed Elderly Teacher

DNA testing is underway to find out what attacked 77-year-old Brenda Hamilton in NC

(Newser) - Sad news out of North Carolina, where authorities are trying to figure out what animal killed an elderly English teacher. The New York Daily News reports on the death of 77-year-old Brenda Hamilton, who was found by paramedics Friday in Pantego after a 911 call came in shortly before 6am,... More »

LA Teachers Return to Work Tomorrow

Tentative deal reached to end strike

(Newser) - A tentative deal reached Tuesday between Los Angeles school officials and the teachers union will allow educators to return to classrooms after a six-day strike in the nation's second-largest district, officials said. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, accompanied by leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles... More »

As Los Angeles Teachers Strike, District Hires Subs

Contract negotiations failed in nation's second-largest school district

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers are striking after contentious contract negotiations failed in the nation's second-largest school district, the AP reports. Members of United Teachers Los Angeles voted last year to walk off the job for the first time in 30 years if a deal wasn't... More »

Teacher Acquitted After Feeding Live Puppy to Turtle

Robert Crosland was accused of animal cruelty in Idaho

(Newser) - A junior high biology teacher who made national headlines for feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing. Robert Crosland was acquitted by a jury in Preston, Idaho, of animal cruelty charges, reports USA Today . Crosland has maintained from the start that he thought... More »

She Was Teaching in Thailand. Suddenly, She Couldn't Move

Family of 22-year-old Caroline Bradner trying to get her home after Guillain-Barre syndrome diagnosis

(Newser) - Caroline Bradner traveled nearly 9,000 miles to "teach English, to travel, and make a difference in this world." Now the family of the 22-year-old Virginian is trying to get her home after she was suddenly stricken by a rare disorder that left her paralyzed from the neck... More »

Thousands of Teachers March Amid Looming Strike

Los Angeles teachers rejected their last contract offer

(Newser) - Thousands of teachers who may go on strike against the nation's second-largest school district next month marched and rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, the AP reports. The teachers and their supporters wore red shirts, banged drums and carried signs that read "Stand With LA Teachers!"... More »

He Asked a Student to Leave. Then Fists Started Flying

GoFundMe for Marston Riley raises $75K after he got into fight with teen

(Newser) - A high school music teacher in California was arrested Friday and charged with child abuse after he got into a physical fight with a 14-year-old student who verbally provoked him in class. USA Today has cellphone video of the incident at Maywood Academy High School, where 64-year-old Marston Riley can... More »

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