Educators Teach Congress the Meaning of ‘Layoff’

By Alain Jehlen Brianna Clegg, a Stockton, California, fourth grade teacher, was having a fabulous day. She was being celebrated by the San Joaquin County Office of Education as a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ in English instruction and she was walking on air. ‘So I went home with my award in hand, opened my mailbox and … Continued

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Medications or the Dollar Menu?

Cheryl Virgil, a teaching assistant at Lingerfeldt Elementary School in North Carolina’s Gaston County School District, is worried about her family’s future. She already struggles to make ends meet, but her meager salary could be cut by $1,400 – an amount that would mean choosing between medications for her son, who has a rare disease requiring chemotherapy, and putting food on the table.

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Is Your Job at Risk?

Across the country, educators are packing up their belongings for the end of the school year. But without intervention now from Congress in the form of the $23 billion Education Jobs Fund nearly 300,000 of them will not have a job to return to in the fall. Because of state budget cuts, nearly 80 percent … Continued

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I Will Be Watching Every Vote

By the first week of each month North Carolina teacher Gina Moretto Frutig has only $27 left. Her children – both at home and in the classroom – need politicians to pay attention.

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House Members Speak Up for Educators

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are calling upon their colleagues in the U.S. Senate to approve legislation to prevent hundreds of thousands of layoffs that will negatively impact students nationwide.

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Without Senate Relief, Jobs Picture Grim

By Cynthia McCabe   April 7, 2010 ‘“ If parents think their children’s classrooms are already too crowded and their teachers are stretched too thin, they’re going to be horrified by what looms next school year when hundreds of thousands of educators will be laid off if the U.S. Senate fails to pass jobs relief … Continued

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