Teacher activism in the U.S. has helped pushed the Democratic party towards renewed investment in public education. Children listen as former president Barack Obama campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, Oct. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia.
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The push to expand charter schools in the U.S. contributed to a robust movement of teachers’ unions and allies demanding a well-resourced public school system.
This pandemic has taken the familiar, collaborative classroom and predictable timetables from teachers and replaced it with uncertainty.
Most educators have no experience nor did they receive preparation during their training on how to deal with teaching in a crisis.
Chicago’s teachers are on strike for the first time since 2012.
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Teachers' unions often say they go on strike to improve conditions for students. A closer look at recent walkouts suggests they are also fighting for something else: membership.
Uber drivers protest outside of the New York Stock Exchange.
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The Uber driver walkout raises questions about how workers can fight for better pay and benefits in the age of the gig economy – a topic frequently on the minds of Conversation scholars.
Striking teachers are increasingly casting their struggle as being part of a broader struggle for social justice.
The teacher strikes that have swept the US represent a new shift in teacher activism that has led teacher unions to align with broader social and racial justice movements, an education scholar says.
Denver public school teachers went on strike on Feb. 11 and successfully eliminated a controversial bonus-based pay system.
Through a three-day strike, Denver teachers got rid of a bonus-based pay system that they say was unfair. An education policy expert explains what the end of bonus-based pay means for Denver schools.
Parents accompany their children to school on the first day back after a teachers’ strike in Los Angeles.
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The Los Angeles teachers strike wasn't just about teachers – it was also about community schools, according to an education scholar who serves as director of the UCLA Center for Community Schooling.
Nevada unions have been successful in part because of their political engagement.
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While the Supreme Court's Janus ruling dealt a blow to organized labor, three lessons from Nevada's unions suggest things aren't as bleak as they appear.
Oklahoma teachers rally outside the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma teachers strike is about more than just pay, but rather a longstanding pattern of decline in funding for the state's public schools.
Strikes don’t work as well as they used to.
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The link between labor's decline and stagnating worker pay has convinced some politicians that we need to rebuild unions. What we need are new labor policies for tomorrow's workforce.
François Hollande and education minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (right), have come under fire.
A chorus of teachers, unions and French intellectuals have criticised reforms in lower secondary school.
Plaid’s education manifesto comes straight from the history books.
Plaid hits out at the "smacking defence" in otherwise typical education manifesto.
A familiar sight? It might soon become one.
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The next government may have a teachers’ strike on its hands within months if it fails to address what unions have called a schools funding crisis. The National Union of Teachers has backed a motion to…
Mainstreamed, but left out.
A relentless focus on test results is alienating children with special needs.
Trainee teachers may need a lot of convincing.
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Barely one month after the current government was elected in 2010, the secretary of state for education Michael Gove announced the abolition of the General Teaching Council for England. Now, only a few…
The prime minister has set out the Conservatives’ school ‘rescue package’.
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As a theme for Hollywood filmmakers, the crack team of experts sent in where others dare to tread to rectify wrongdoing and uphold the rights of the downtrodden citizen, is well-worn. Think of the reboots…
Spell it out.
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Teaching children to read with phonics has been a central plank of recent “Govian” education policy. A new set of statistics shows that 74% of children in the first year of primary school now meet the…
Gone but not forgotten.
David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle has been substantial. Nowhere more so than in education, where both the secretary of state for education, Michael Gove, and the minister responsible for universities and…
As another teachers’ strike looms on July 10 it is worth setting out the reasons that teachers are unhappy with their profession. It’s not just because of conditions of service, pay, and pensions. Teaching…
Pay reforms have had teachers on the streets.
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A new survey has found teachers remain divided over proposals to link their pay increases to the performance of pupils in…