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Morning Announcements April 6, 2012

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April 06, 2012 02:46 pm

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Happy Friday to you. Before darting off to enjoy the weekend, or hiding inside because of allergies, enjoy a good helping of education news to get your day and weekend started right.

This edition of the Morning Announcements is all about the attack of the teacher. In cities across the country, overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated teachers are fighting back, with big rewards. In Portland Oregon, the public schools’ officials overstepped the boundaries of their authority by forcing teachers to take on more classes and students. According to the Huffington Post, a state arbitrator ruled this week that the district officials now owe affected educators a total of $1.5 million in compensation . Cha-ching!

Chicago public school teachers could be well on their way to a strike. According to the Chicago Tribune, contract negotiations between Chicago Public Schools and the teachers union are in their fourth month and the union president says that an informal poll of members at 150 schools shows “overwhelming” support for a strike.

In New York City, some teachers were saved from tough disciplinary action which could have included losing their jobs. The New York Times reports that the city wanted to fire more than a dozen teachers accused of inappropriate behavior, but in most cases it was overruled by an arbitrator who opted for a milder penalty.

After an intense week of volatile negotiations, TeacherBeat reports that the brokers crafting new federal teacher-preparation rules have managed to convince the Department of Education to consider giving them more time. Well, that was anticlimactic; we were anticipating a big courtroom showdown, Law and Order style.

Anyway, enjoy your weekend!

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