The nation’s major teachers unions suffered losses across the country Tuesday, despite pouring about $60 million into federal, state and local races in the midterm elections.
“We knew this was going to be an uphill battle,” said Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, the country’s largest labor union. “But I don’t think anybody on our side, and we’ve got some very savvy people, anticipated going over the falls like this. Tectonic plates have shifted. And we’re going to have to come back with a new way of organizing for these kinds of races.”Read full article >>
BALTIMORE — A Johns Hopkins University fraternity has been placed on interim suspension for underage drinking, school officials said Wednesday, as police investigate a report that a 16-year-old girl was raped at the organization’s off-campus house.Read full article >>
There are, apparently, some things even billionaires can’t buy. The California state superintendent’s position, for example.
With strong support from teachers unions and school superintendents, Tom Torlakson, the incumbent California superintendent of public education, handily beat Marshall Tuck, who was strongly backed by a gaggle of anti-union billionaires from Wall Street, real estate and Silicon Valley, including some who don’t live in California. Who? People such as former Enron trader John Arnold, who lives in New Jersey; Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton, who lives in Arkansas; and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.Read full article >>
Reports of forcible sex offenses at the flagship public universities of Virginia and Maryland doubled last year, according to new federal data.Read full article >>
The lawyer representing three former Fairfax County educators in a federal discrimination lawsuit filed new court documents to bolster their claims of a hostile work environment, including affidavits from five additional staffers who claim they, too, were discriminated against and treated harshly by the school system.Read full article >>
(Correction: Earlier version said Alexander had taken “ambitious” position on Common Core. the correct characterization is “ambiguous.”
Congress is about to get a new education powerhouse, one who is no stranger to federal education policy.Read full article >>