Morning Announcements: May 8, 2012
May 08, 2012 04:45 pm
Happy Teacher Appreciation Day to all of the educators out there. We here at the Alliance for Excellent Education certainly value the hard work and dedication you show day-in and day-out to the millions of people across the nation who will soon be the leaders of tomorrow. A heartfelt “Thank You” from all of us here at AEE! Here are your latest education headlines:
From the Associated Press, Connecticut senators approved a series of education proposals championed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy, who just hours earlier had announced an agreement with legislative leaders on plans for changes that include helping low-performing schools and culling ineffective teachers from the classroom.
Teachers are fighting back in New York City. According to the Wall Street Journal, for the third time in three years, the city teachers union is suing to try to stop school closings. The union says that New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg had attempted an “end run” around the union to get rid of bad teachers.
Teachers are also at the forefront of a push to get more parents involved in their children’s’ education. The New York Times reports that the United Federation of Teachers began a series of workshops for parents to help provide them with skills and motivation “to advocate on behalf of their children and schools, and demand education policy changes.”
Also from the New York Times, SchoolBook is examining the issue of how to incorporate news headlines into the classroom by hosting an event with teachers today. Ahead of the discussion, WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show” spoke with Peter Nelson, director of the New York City branch of the organization Facing History and Ourselves, to ask how to blend current events with curriculum demands.