Reasons for LA Teacher Strike

By Sarah Holder Under her union contract, Los Angeles special education teacher Lorena Ramo is meant to teach a maximum of 14 special education students per class. But these days, at the Ellen Ochoa Learning Center in the Los Angeles Unified School District where she works, she’s serving more like 20 or 21, with no assistant…

Ector ISD Expands Use of Proximity Learning

By Odessa American  With one member dissenting, the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees approved expanding use of Proximity Learning to cover some core classes. The virtual education firm, which connects certified teachers with students in grades kindergarten through 12, provided American Sign Language II at Permian and Odessa high schools in the…

South Carolina’s Growing Classroom Size

By Paul Bowers South Carolina stopped enforcing its size limits on most public school classrooms in 2010, bowing to the financial pressures of the Great Recession. Nearly nine years later, the state still does not enforce those limits. The teachers have noticed. “Right now, it feels like in order to save money people put as…

Los Angeles Teacher Strike

By Holly Yan The country’s second-biggest school district could see a mass exodus of teachers Monday when the Los Angeles teachers’ union goes on strike. Years of frustration over class sizes, salaries and a shortage of school counselors and nurses have boiled over for more than 30,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles. The Los…

More Diversity in California Teaching Corps

By Phillip Reese When Rachel Valdivia-Ornelaz attended elementary school near Oxnard during the 1950s, none of her teachers were Latino. Later, over the course of a decades-long career as an elementary school teacher in Oxnard, she watched that pattern change, especially during the last few years. “Our district in Oxnard has been making a push…

Colorado Teachers Continue #RedForEd

By Kelly Ragan and Fort Collins More than 100 Colorado teachers gathered at the Colorado Capitol Friday to welcome legislators into the 2019 session. They hoped the sea of #RedForEd shirts would encourage state lawmakers to prioritize education issues such as K-12 funding and a statewide teacher shortage.  Though not as robust as the April teacher protest that brought thousands of…

Record High Emergency Teacher Certifications

By Tulsa World More than a decade ago, getting an emergency certification to teach in Oklahoma public schools was a significant and rare process. A district would submit a package of papers to explain the need, and superintendents would appear before the state board of education to answer questions. That process was dropped years ago…