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Your kid might not return to a classroom this year. Are teachers unions to blame?

Erin Richards, USA TODAY |

Almost three out of four urban districts are still offering only online instruction, according to a new report from the Center on Reinventing Education at the University of Washington. And some districts that have recently gotten some kids back to schools are facing major pushback from unions, predominantly around safety measures and the spike in COVID-19 infection rates in the community.

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Schools, employees posting views on national events; some not covered by 1st Amendment

Lisa Rantala, WSYX |

Amid the siege of the U.S. Capitol, Reynoldsburg City Schools Superintendent Dr. Melvin Brown tweeted, “If you have failed the understand the definition of privilege, it’s on display in D.C.”

The post was liked and retweeted hundreds of times. However, a parent contacted ABC 6 On Your Side to indicate they had filed a complaint with the Ohio Department of Education as they felt the tweet violated the state’s Educator’s Code of Professional Conduct.

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Cleveland Schools Employee Resigns After Accusations She Joined Capitol Mob

Jenny Hamel, ideastream/WCPN |

Federal agents searched the home of a former Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) employee Friday night. She is suspected of participating in the Wednesday insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building. No one was taken into custody, according to the FBI.

The district said Friday that Christine Priola resigned from that job on Thursday, the day after the riot at the Capitol.

The resignation letter, which was in her personnel file released by CMSD, reads, in part, that she will be “switching paths to expose the global evil of human trafficking and pedophilia, including in our government and children’s services agencies.”

The Cleveland Teachers Union issued a statement Friday condemning the attacks on our “democratic institutions” and calling for “rioters who broke the law to be held accountable.”

5 strategies to reform early ed professional development

National Head Start Association |

As national calls for equity and the end of systemic racism influence efforts to retool professional development, career growth and compensation in early childhood education, a new paper from National Head Start Association, The HeadStarter Network and Bellwether Education Partners offers specific strategies providers could consider when building an effective early childhood educator workforce.

The five strategies suggested in the paper, including redefining credentials and using job-embedded coaching, are meant to help reduce fragmentation in early childhood educator preparation and to incentivize the creation of stable and high-quality early education programs.

Chicago push to reopen city schools becomes more contentious

Sophia Tareen, Associated Press |

Only half of Chicago Public Schools teachers expected in schools ahead of preschool students’ anticipated return next week showed up, district officials said Tuesday in an increasingly contentious battle over classroom learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Four dozen substitute teachers sue Dayton school board, contractor

Jeremy P. Kelley, Dayton Daily News |

The lawsuit, filed last week in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, names Parallel Employment Group, the company that managed substitute staffing for Dayton Public Schools from 2015-19.

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Mississippi Lt. Governor: Teacher pay a priority in 2021

AP News |

The state has had some of the lowest teacher salaries in the nation for generations. According to the most recent figures available from the Southern Regional Education Board, the average teacher salary in the U.S. for 2018-19 was $62,304. For Mississippi, the average was $45,105.

Hosemann is a Republican entering his second year as lieutenant governor. He pushed for a teacher pay raise during the 2020 session, but that effort fell short after the coronavirus pandemic started and caused uncertainty about state spending.

Tennessee Governor Lee calls special session to focus on education, learning loss

Nataliee Allison, Nashville Tennessean |

Lee is asking lawmakers to take up five issues: learning, funding, accountability, literacy and teacher pay on Jan. 19th. More details will be released by the Department of Education. 

“Even before the virus hit, and despite years of improvement, too many of our state’s students were still unable to read on grade level,” Lee said in a statement. “I’m calling on the legislature to join us in addressing these serious issues so we can equip our hardworking educators and districts with the resources and supports they need to set our students on the path to success.”

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