Alabama's Gov. Robert Bentley has signed a sweeping education bill that gives tax credits to parents who want to transfer their children from a failing public school to another public or private school. The bill became law one day after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled a lawsuit against it was premature.
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A week after a sweeping education bill was abruptly adopted by Alabama's Legislature, the legislation is on hold, with a circuit judge and the state's supreme court reviewing separate lawsuits filed over it. The bill gives tax credits to parents who move children from struggling schools to private or public schools.
A judge has blocked Alabama's governor from signing a school choice bill, after a lawsuit alleged that lawmakers bypassed state rules when they substantially revised the legislation in committee. A vote on the bill was marked by confusion, anger, and accusations of "sleaziness" and "hypocrisy."
Fred Butler has done many things in his 106 years, from serving in two military theaters of World War II to helping raise five children. But he had never gone to high school, or earned a diploma — the result of leaving school after the eighth grade to work full-time in a print shop to help support his family.
In an open letter to lawmakers, they also push for reform of gun safety laws. "I think all of us were so wrenched" by the school shooting in Connecticut, says Elizabeth Kiss, president of Georgia's Agnes Scott College.
Hundreds of puppet-loving protesters march on Washington, D.C., to raise awareness for federal financing of public broadcasting.
A new study from the American Association of University Women finds new female college graduates educated the same as men and who have similar professional opportunities earn 82 cents to every dollar a male graduate earns.
An end to the seven-day strike was a relief to teachers, students and even Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
After seven days, about 350,000 students will return to classrooms this week.
The city argues that the strike is prohibited by state law. Teachers want more time to consider a tentative contract. One of the key issues concerns an evaluation system that bases much of teachers' pay on students' standardized test scores.
The union's House of Delegates declined to vote on whether to end the strike Sunday after hearing details of a tentative contract agreement. Teachers will keep picketing Monday, one week after teachers walked out.
Negotiators for the Chicago teachers union and the public school system appear closer to a possible contract agreement, but the strike continues for a fifth day.
There may be good progress toward settling the Chicago teachers' strike. Both sides say they have hope school children can return to the classroom on Friday. The city offered a concession to address the union's opposition to the proposed teacher evaluation system.
The union president says the two sides have made incremental progress but no deal was in sight as teachers continued to man the picket lines.
Teachers from the nation's third-largest school district have gone on strike despite an offer of a 16 percent pay raise over four years.
The teacher's union president said they were tired of being "bullied, belittled and betrayed."
Surprisingly, this is good news, as the test-takers have improved their science and math scores.
The university reports it will exceed its enrollment goal as the fall term begins. Still, new students and their parents have some pragmatic questions about how the scandal will affect them.
The entire staff at Miramonte Elementary was replaced last February after the allegations against two teachers. Administrators wanted to show parents they were taking action. Now, cleared of any wrongdoing, the other teachers are back in their classrooms.