Racial Tensions, Diversity At The Fore Of Teachers’ ConventionThe 3,000 delegates attending the national convention are not just teachers, but also specialists in a variety of fields like psychology, nutrition and special education.
Faculty Calls Out U. Iowa President's 'Should Be Shot' CommentFaculty groups are calling for University of Iowa president Bruce Harreld to face consequences for suggesting that unprepared teachers "should be shot." Chapters of the American Association of University Professors at Iowa's three public universities say the insensitive remark calls into question Harreld's leadership abilities.
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Union Leader: School Board Member Should Resign After Anti-Muslim CommentsThe head of Columbia Heights' teachers union has called on an embattled school board member to denounce anti-Muslim comments attributed to him on social media or resign. Grant Nichols had admitted to Columbia Heights' school board chairman that he is responsible for comments posted to his Facebook page in early September about Muslims.
House GOP Finalizing Bid In Education Funding DebateRepublicans in the Minnesota House are firming up their stance on one of the session's biggest issues: education. A floor session on the GOP's education budget was expected to last hours Saturday. The House would spend about $157 million more on schools and families over the next two years. The bulk of that is in money districts can use however they like.
Education Advocates Duel Over Teacher Layoff BillsA move to minimize the role of seniority in teacher layoff decisions continued to draw heavy debate in its first Senate test. House Republicans and at least one Democratic senator want evaluations to play a role in the decision to lay off educators when school budgets are tight.
House Votes To Reduce Seniority As Teacher Layoff FactorThe Minnesota House has passed a divisive Republican bill that would minimize the role of seniority in teacher layoff decisions statewide. School boards would be required to include evaluations of teachers in layoff decisions under the proposal.
House Votes To Reduce Seniority As Teacher Layoff FactorThe Minnesota House has taken up a bill to change the teacher layoff system statewide. Rep. Jenifer Loon's proposal would minimize seniority when school boards decide which teachers to lay off. It would require teacher evaluations play a role in the decisions.
GOP Bill Taking Aim At Teacher Seniority Nears VoteMinnesota lawmakers are preparing to vote this week on a top Republican priority that could affect every school in the state. The bill would allow school districts to lay off ineffective teachers even if they have union seniority and classroom tenure.
Senate Democrat's Bill Would Change Layoff SystemA Democratic state senator will buck her party's historical alliance with the Minnesota teachers union and push to drop seniority as the main determinant in teacher layoffs. Sen. Terri Bonoff will formally introduce a bill aimed at the "last in, first out" layoff system common across Minnesota on Thursday.
Payroll Problems Irk Employees Of St. Paul Public SchoolsFriday was supposed to be payday for thousands of Minnesota teachers and school employees But St. Paul Public Schools says there was a miscommunication with U.S. Bank.
Teacher Seniority Headlines GOP's Education PlansA retired English teacher will help set Republicans' agenda for making changes to the state's schools. Rep. Sondra Erickson, a Princeton Republican who retired from teaching in 2000, said school districts have been dizzied by new rules and policies after three elections that shifted control of state government.