State news roundup for October 31, 2015

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Massachusetts – Take action this week on behalf of adjuncts

campus_equity_logoThe issues faced by contingent faculty members at public colleges and universities are well established. These educators, who teach more than half the courses offered, are often poorly paid and lack access to health insurance, retirement plans and other benefits.

Campus Equity Week, which began Monday, Oct. 26, is the time to take action on behalf of adjunct instructors and demand that they be treated fairly. New Faculty Majority, with support from the NEA and other organizations, is coordinating the annual week of action around adjunct faculty issues.

“Adjunct faculty members across the country are being exploited, and students get cheated in the process,” said MTA President Barbara Madeloni. “Adjunct faculty members often do not have offices or the opportunity to set up formal meeting times with students. Many of these educators must work on more than one campus to secure enough work from semester to semester, and students have no way of knowing whether an adjunct professor they enjoy working with will be returning to campus.”

Learn more at MassTeacher.org.

Connecticut – On new state panel, CEA pushes ahead to improve testing practices

SCott Norton
Scott Norton

Over-testing students is a real thing across the U.S., according to Scott Norton, strategic initiative director for Standards, Assessment and Accountability at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), who discussed the purpose of state and local assessment programs at Tuesday’s meeting of the new state Mastery Examination Committee.

Norton called states “smart” that try to create inventories of all of the tests being administered to students.

While it was a project broader than just one, individual state, Norton shared with the committee news of the first comprehensive study ever undertaken to ascertain the true extent of mandatory testing in the nation’s schools. The study was conducted by the Council of Great City Schools and included data from 66 urban school districts across the U.S.

Visit BlogCEA.org to read the complete article.

Ohio – Statement from OEA on the court’s decision to deny a preliminary injunction in the Youngstown case

Ohio OEA logo“Today’s decision will not deter us,” said OEA President Becky Higgins, “from continuing to find ways to give voice to the parents, educators and community in Youngstown who were silenced by the state takeover and who have a vital role to play in shaping the future of Youngstown’s public schools so that students have the high-quality education they deserve.”

‘We also remain concerned that the school-takeover provisions that were enacted could be applied to other districts in the state.”

The Ohio Education Association represents 121,000 teachers, faculty members and support professionals in Ohio’s public schools, colleges and universities.

Find out more about the fight in Youngstown at OHEA.org.

Illinois – Tell us: What should replace the PARCC?

Illinois IEA logoTeachers know that PARCC, as it stands right now, isn’t working.

IEA wants to know: what do teachers, the experts on what happens in our schools, think the next assessment should look like?

The IEA has started an online discussion to find out what our members think about student assessment.

We’re looking forward to hearing your responses.

You can learn more at IEANEA.org or click here to join the discussion.

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