Education News

Educators across the country are voting for pro-public education legislation

By Amanda Menas Educators know that the voucher schemes touted by big corporations are steeped in a history of racism, and undermine strong public education and student opportunity. They take scarce funding from public schools—which serve 90 percent of students—and give it to private schools—institutions that are not accountable to taxpayers. Throughout the country, educators

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5 reasons educators are excited about Cindy Marten

By Amanda Menas Senators will confirm Cindy Marten as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education alongside Dr. Miguel Cardona later this month. Marten is a former classroom teacher and urban principal who currently leads the second largest district in the State of California, San Diego Unified School District. “As an educator, Superintendent Marten possesses

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Senate advances bill to address hate crimes targeting Asian-Americans

The COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act (S. 937) will soon come to the Senate floor following an overwhelming, bipartisan 92-6 vote in favor of advancing it. Introduced by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), the bill would strengthen federal efforts to address hate crimes targeting Asian-Americans in several ways: designate a Department of Justice employee to expedite the

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Paycheck Fairness Act heads to the Senate

After passing the House by a vote of 217-210, the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2021 is heading for the Senate. To address the persistent gender pay gap in the United States, the bill would require employers to demonstrate that gender is not the reason they pay employees different wages, strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws,