Tag: Teacher pay

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Opinion

America’s problem: We’re too dumb

by LZ Granderson (CNN) — I’m a sucker for all of those man-on-the-street interviews that late-night shows do to reveal just how dumb Americans are. It’s fun to laugh at the people who struggle with simple math problems or are unable to find any country we’re at war with on a map. More than a few even get tripped up trying to name the branches of government. It’s all fun and games until you remember that elections have consequences, and that many of those people who said they could name the president — but not the commander in chief — will soon be standing in a voting booth, armed with a ballot.

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National

Chicago to close 54 schools to address $1B deficit

PROTEST–William Penn Elementary School Council Representative Rev. Dr. Brian Henderson speaks at a news conference held by the Committee to Save North Lawndale Schools, March 21, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) by Sara Burnett CHICAGO (AP) — Tens of thousands of Chicago students, parents and teachers learned Thursday their schools were on a long-feared list of 54 the city plans to close in an effort to stabilize an educational system facing a huge budget shortfall.

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National

Barbs of racism, anti-Semitism in NY school clash

SYMBOLIC STAND–Supporters of public schools turn their backs on the East Ramapo school board during a meeting on March 19, in Spring Valley, N.Y. Allegations of racism and anti-Semitism are afflicting the district, where the board is dominated by ultra-Orthodox Jews and the public school children are mostly Black and Hispanic. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald) by Jim Fitzgerald Associated Press Writer SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — School board meetings descend into shouting matches. Accusations of racism and anti-Semitism fly. Angry parents turn their backs on board members in a symbolic stand of disrespect.

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Metro

Superintendent Lane contract extended 3 years

LINDA LANE by Rebecca Nuttall Courier Staff Writer On March 20, the Pittsburgh Public School District Board of Education voted to extend Superintendent Linda Lane’s contract for three more years. The vote 7-2 will leave Lane in charge of the district until June 2016.