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Teacher Protests Close Schools In North Carolia

North Carolina just found themselves in turmoil as thousands of teachers poured out of the classrooms and down the streets of Raleigh where they marched their way to the General Assembly for the state. This is another in a series of teachers from red states demanding changes in the way the public school system is run.

 

Believed to be one of the biggest in the history of North Carolina, this demonstration created a sea of educators donned in red crowding onto the streets outside the state’s capitol as well as the galleries where the assembly meeting was held. Once inside, the educators let their demands be known, requesting higher funding for all public schools in the state as well as pay raises for all school staffers. The largest school district in the state quickly became aware the lack of teachers would make it impossible to run classes as usual and was forced to shut the doors which left roughly a million students with no school for nine whole days.

 

The reason behind these coordinated protests was due to a cut in funding for North Carolina public schools. The state cut taxes which in turn cut the money allotted per school per student as well as a pay cut for teachers. This cut dropped teacher pay for the state well behind the United States average teacher pay. North Carolina Association of Educators, the group responsible for coordinating the protests, announced their belief that both teachers and students deserved far better than the state was giving them. Their demands were simple and to the point, the state should fix the allocated spending per student and within four years restore teacher pay back to that of the national average. Along with those requests, they also asked for an additional 500 staff members in the form of school nurses and counselors.

 

These teacher walkouts have been ongoing for months. In late February teachers shut down schools for nine days in West Virginia. Following their success, Kentucky, Arizona and Oklahoma teachers followed their lead and walked out in protest heading to their capitols demanding more funding. For more detailed information on the walkouts and the reasons behind them, click here.

 

Immigrants In Miami Have Trouble Graduating From High School

Immigrants come to Miami to escape violence and have a better life for themselves. However, they often struggle to get their high school diploma. They are told that they are too old to get a high school diploma. They are forced to enroll in an Adult Education Program. Many of these immigrants know very little English, so an adult education program can be challenging for them.

 

The path to going to college and get a good-paying job can be even more difficult if you are an immigrant. It is estimated that anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 of the teenage immigrants end up in an Adult Education Program. Daisy Gonzolez-Diego stated that the purpose of the program is to help the students earn a high school equivalency.

 

One lawyer who worked with a teen who had been denied entry into a high school stated that it is unethical to do this to students. Tatyana Kleyn is a professor at the City College of New York. She agrees that this practice is unethical. She stated that the Adult Education Programs are not a substitute for the high school experience. She believes that it is a watered-down version of the high school experience.

 

Carlos Rios is the principal of Miami Jackson Senior High School. He stated that it can be difficult for immigrants to make up the credits that they need for graduation. Not everyone has a bad experience in the adult education program.

 

Franscisca and Lucia Rondom came to Jackson High School when they were 16 and 17-years-old. They did not have a good experience there because they were bullied. They decided to attend an adult education program. They also worked at a local grocery store.

Most Teachers Purchase Their Own School Supplies

The average teacher spent nearly $500 on school supplies during the 2014 to 2015 school year. Seven percent of teachers spend more than $1,000 on school supplies. Teachers spend more money when they work in a high-poverty school than in a wealthier school. Fifty percent of public schools are eligible for the free lunch program. This is a sign that the school is in a high-poverty area.

 

Teachers around the country are going on strike. They are complaining about the low pay. They are also complaining about the condition of the schools. The average teacher in America earns $56,000 per year. This is a 1.3 percent drop from 2010. Teachers are allowed to deduct their expenses from their taxes.

 

Randi Weingarten is the president of the American Federation of Teachers. She stated that the teacher walkout should not be necessary. The teacher spending issue should have been addressed a long time ago. She also stated that no other job requires that an employee buy their own supplies for their job.

 

The teacher’s strike in Arizona was a success. The governor signed a bill that would increase teacher pay by 20 percent. This was one of the biggest teacher strikes in history. In North Carolina, thousands of teachers in Raleigh will rally. They are trying to get more funding from the government. They are also rallying to get a pay increase.

 

The Education Department took samples from all 50 states including Washington D.C. They surveyed principals, teachers and other people who work in the educational field.

States Uses Initiatives To Get More Of Their Residents Back To College

Policymakers determined to reach older students in the bid to lure them to attain their degrees.

When Laren Blount a 32-year-old, from Southern, Mississippi and a mother of two received a call from a man who acclaimed that her college credit is enough to be awarded a degree, she was in doubt. She stated that she almost hanged up the call as she thought it was only a scam.

However, her doubts were cleared when the man mentioned her prior courses and dates of enrollment. She later understood that it was part of the state’s initiative and efforts to channel millions of adult Americans to complete their college degrees.

The policy is focused on those who have enough credits or few more credits to earn a degree, in the like of Laren who a few years back had enrolled in some nursing prerequisites at her local community college.

The major relapse that the policymakers are facing is how to find them and get them to continue.

Old students are sometimes untraceable or can be difficult to track down. Others are confronted by bureaucratic and financial constraints to re-enroll. Still, yet, others are discouraged by the academic requirements which only favor young adults of 18 to 22 years old students although it is not a major criterion.

Currently, the states are utilizing every possible tool to track them down and lure them, from tuition discounts to direct-mailing. However, these efforts are turning to be difficult considering the outcome of the strategies used.

According to the according to the U.S. Census, there are over 25 million adults with some college credits, but no degree, out of more than 35 million adults. The efforts to reach these dropouts by some states such as Tennessee, Indiana, Mississippi and others have shown that the students graduating from U.S. high school are not enough to cater for the college graduates needs of the nation.

A Proof That Education Is The Best Life Expectancy Predictor

A new research has revealed that the level of education someone has is a better life predictor than his income and/or standard of living. An increase in income and improved standards of living used to be the factors responsible for a healthy life.

Lutz and Kebede tried to carry out a research in order to find out which predicting determinant was more crucial to an improved health and life expectancy so that the policy-makers would know how to allocate funds or which sector needed more funding. In order to carry out this finding, Lutz and Kebede plotted a graph of an income vs life expectancy at birth. Then another graph was plotted again. This time, it was based on education and life expectancy at birth. And the curve that was derived this time was much more linear. This proved that education was a much better life expectancy predictor.

Subsequently, these researchers were able to clarify that better education leads to improved standards and better choices for health-related lifestyles and/or behaviors.

In recent times, the relationship between education and better health choices are becoming visible because there has been a shift in the health challenges of people. More lifestyle-related diseases are now increasing, meaning that income is not a factor while lack of education and information is a responsible factor. Nevertheless, with time, people would understand the link and/or relationship between education and better health choices. Thus, life expectancy would become even more obvious.

Again, there is a call or advocacy for improving education in order to eradicate poverty, and also to support economic growth and development. Once this is done, the relationship between education and health development would be built. In addition, life expectancy would be increased.

So, based on the graphs and theories postulated by Lutz and Kebede, as well as other researchers who have undertaken this research finding in the past, it is safe to say that education, and not income is the much better predictor of life expectancy.

Top Teachers In US Get Oppertunity To Meet At White House

Some of the top teachers in the United States were given a rare opportunity recently to meet with the President of the United States. This meeting followed a contentious meeting with Betsy DeVos, Secretary Of Education, and served to give these educators an opportunity to stress the importance of kindness and empathy.

 

The winners of the state Teachers of the Year were treated to a day at the Whitehouse. They were able to discuss things with Betsy DeVos as well as Alexander Acosta, Labor Secretary. The President took the time to make brief remarks in order to honor these outstanding educators as well as take the time for a few photo ops with the four finalists for Teacher of the Year, the nationwide award.

 

Many teachers discussed that the meeting with DeVos was disappointing, her responses to many of their important questions were less than stellar. She even sparred with one teacher when confronted with the effects of school choice, which is the focal point of DeVos entire agenda. DeVos ended the meeting by discussing how displeased she was with the Arizona teachers who were on strike stating that adults should discuss their disagreements, not walk out and disrupt the lives and education of children. This statement angered many of those who were in attendance who believe that her actions have not been in the best interest of the children and their education.

 

The top finalists who had a moment with Trump did what they could to express their concerns. One teacher from Washington state brought 45 letters from her students including a letter from a student from Rwanda who described their hostile experience in the US the past few years as well as her hope for a positive immigration and refugee community in the future. The teachers who had the chance to speak with President Trump hope that their words and these letters will help him realize that his words carry a lot of weight and he can lead the country in a better direction with a better attitude as well as more thought out words in the future. For more information, click here.

 

Arizona Teachers Protest Against Pay

Fair societies and their respective governments have long allowed citizens, businesses, and other classes of people and groups have long banded together in the name of better rights, pay, liberties, and other benefits for themselves.

While some unions get more than a fair market value for their employees in terms of pay, far too many unions don’t get enough reeled in for their collective bases of constituents, with every union or group that teachers in the United States of America are associated with fitting the bill just as well as any other group.

Education is supposed to be highly important in the best societies around the world, right? While the strategies to help kids learn things are somewhat the same across planet Earth, the payment for teachers and public school administrators is far too low than what most reasonable people would think it would be.

Even though most educators in public school systems work towards master’s degrees in today’s age, they aren’t compensated as people holding the same degrees in other disciplines. All teachers, as a matter of fact, are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree here in the United States, with most states forcing teachers that want to retain their licensure to teach to undergo tens of hours’ worth of continuing education requirements – though they still aren’t paid nearly as well as they should be.

For this great reason, Teachers across the state of Arizona stood against the recent decline of a bill that would have risen the pay of teachers across the Southwestern United States state.

According to both the Arizona Education Association and Arizona Educators United, two separate groups, a statewide walkout is slated to take place on April 26. Doug Ducey could resolve the issue by giving teachers a collective raise of 20 percent by 2020, 9 percent of which comes next year.

AFT Cuts Ties With Wells Fargo

The United States of America is home to far more violence involving firearms than anywhere else in the world, by a longshot. With as many mass shootings in schools around the nation having reared their horrific heads over the past few months, it only makes sense that people, including teachers, students, administrators, community members, and everyone else imaginable, have publicly spoken out against the status of firearms in the United States.

After a shooting roughly two months ago in Parkland, Florida, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that took the lives of nearly twenty students, countless big-box businesses cut their ties with the National Rifle Association or NRA.

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, the American Federation of Teachers announced that it would no longer to any business with Wells Fargo, one of the largest financial institutions across the United States, due to its unwillingness to relinquish its ties to the National Rifle Association and various groups involved with firearms here in the United States.

The AFT, or American Federation of Teachers, has roughly 1.7 million members, making the action taken by the group significant by any and all means. Wells Fargo currently lends mortgages to about 21,000 members of the AFT, most of which are at slightly better deals than those members would have received, had they shopped elsewhere.

Members of the AFT, from the highest ranks of the organization, all the way down to the problem, supported with the decisions made by the teacher’s union, as Wells Fargo didn’t comply with the official request of the union to cut its ties with various manufacturer of firearms and the NRA.

Leaders of the AFT even tried to meet with Wells Fargo executives in person, though none of those teachers’ efforts bore fruit, effectively showing the AFT that the bank didn’t care.

Syracuse Fraternity Suspended For Insensitive Video

While most every college student in the United States of America doesn’t join a fraternity or sorority, tens of thousands of college kids join Greek organizations for various reasons: some like to be well-connected to other successful or well-networked people later in life, whereas others just might want to have fun, or meet friends at a school where they’re not familiar with anybody else from previous stages in life.

Even though fraternities and sororities can help college graduates find employment in areas easier, especially those involved in the governance of such groups, fraternities, particularly, around the nation have had a bad reputation for decades of engaging in general debauchery. While it doesn’t always have a victim – if there is a victim, it’s usually just the livers of those who consistently drink to excess throughout the school year.

According to Syracuse University, a fraternity was suspended earlier this week after it was found responsible with coming up for the idea for and later shooting a video that involved a skit in which young, recently-announced members of the fraternity were effectively spit-roasted.

Unfortunately, with as much political correctness as there is in today’s general climate, especially around some college campuses, making such jokes that might have ticked off a few people that would largely fly clear over the head of angriness of most people simply aren’t as carefree anymore.

The fraternity released an official statement of apology on Friday, April 20, 2018, stating in part that, “This event was never intended to be centered around racism and hate.”

Now, if all members of that Syracuse University fraternity were accepting of the video, it would almost certainly have flown under the radar. However, because it was shared with people around campus, and, especially now, around the nation, the fraternity has found itself in loads of trouble.

Arizona Educators Plan Walkout

The public education industry in the United States has been one of the more controversial industries over the past decade. While most people would agree how important it is, there continues to be a shortfall of available capital to support it. This leads to lack of resources for the school and lower incomes for teachers. Because of this, many school districts across the country have had to deal with teacher strikes as teachers continue to fight for higher compensation and more resources.

While there have been many local strikes over the past few years, most have not expanded beyond individual districts. However, one state appears to be on the verge of a major strike that could put the entire system in jeopardy (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/arizona-teachers-vote-statewide-strike-180420075924512.html). In the state of Arizona, teachers have voted to have the first-ever walkout that will take place on a statewide level. The vote was held about one week ago and was a joint effort between the Arizona Education Association and the Arizona Educators United organization.

Overall, more than 57,000 teachers and other educators showed up to vote on the issue. In total, more than 78% of voters ended up voting in favor of the walk out, which could be held within the next week. Overall, there are many demands that are being discussed that could have an impact on whether the schools will be closed in the near future.

Most of the demand has to do with resources to the school. One of the organizations is demanding that the funding levels are increased back to levels where they were about 10 years ago and that class sizes are capped at a more reasonable level. The union and teacher’s association is also demanding that they receive a 20% raise over the next few years, which will include a 9% raise in the next 12 months.