AM News: Teacher Protests In Philly & Chicago
Several thousand protest Philly school cuts, 14 arrested Inquirer: Several thousand blue collar union members marched through Center City today, snarling traffic in a protest against planned cuts and layoffs by the Philadelphia School District.
Pennsylvania school workers protest layoff notices CNN: Protesters marched in at least two major cities in Pennsylvania on Wednesday in response to proposed state budget cuts intended to close gaps in public school funding.
CPS teachers fill union rally with anger toward mayor Chicago Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel bore the brunt of criticism from angry teachers who filled the Auditorium Theatre on Wednesday to make clear their unhappiness with the administration's efforts to overhaul public education in Chicago.
CTU shows strength at rally Catalyst: Weingarten said that she had just come from a conference on labor-management collaboration an hour away where 100 districts were represented. “But here in the second city of America, we have to rally to even be heard,” she said. “I will come back every time you need me.”
Newark weighs options to cut bloated teacher ranks AP via Boston.com: Newark leaders, searching for the best way to reduce the number of teachers in a shrinking school system, have raised the possibility of using some of the $100 million donation from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for teacher buyouts.
School Choice, New York-Style? For Some More Than Others NYT: A parent and professor of education writes: "Whatever the argument for school choice elsewhere, in New York City public schools it plays out very differently. Instead of providing better education for all children, choice in New York City ensures a two-tiered system powered by demographics and ZIP codes more than anything else."
More students taking science, math AP via Boston.com: More high school students are enrolling in math and science classes and seeking online learning opportunities. Fewer want or are able to find jobs while in school.
NC Senate head pushes $440M education package AP via Boston.com: An education reform package pushed by the North Carolina's Senate leader is estimated to cost nearly $440 million over the next five years if it becomes law.