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Minnesota raises state minimum wage; teachers say hike will benefit kids

 Joined by legislators, advocates, and Minnesotans from across the state, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law raising Minnesota's minimum wage for the first time since 2005.

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AFT exposes for-profit charter school industry

AFT is launching a campaign to expose the for-profit charter school industry as more interested in profits for its CEOs and stockholders than it is in teaching kids.

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UIC stonewalling forces faculty strike

For the past 18 months, University of Illinois Chicago faculty have been negotiating for a livable salary for full-time lecturers.

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Puerto Rican teachers strike to oppose attack on pensions

Thousands of elementary and secondary school teachers in Puerto Rico carried out a two day strike to protest a raid on their pension plans.

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Teachers’ leader: ALEC kills rights for corporate power

ALEC  "strips away rights" of workers and voters "in the interests of the power they represent," AFT president Randi Weingarten says. 

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Today in labor history: First-ever U.S. teacher walkout

The "strike for better schools" was intended to reform the way the schools were administered and operated, and also how workers there were treated.

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The teacher gap: more students and fewer teachers

Over the last 5 years, government employment has dropped by 657,000 as a result of the Great Recession's effects. It's worth considering how much of that drop has hit public K-12 schools.

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Today in labor history: 50th anniversary of Chicago public schools boycott

On October 22, 1963, a coalition of civil rights groups organized Freedom Day, a mass boycott and demonstration against segregated schools and inadequate resources for black students.

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Philadelphia charter school teachers rally for unionization

"Having the support of parents, alumni, teachers, and community groups means so much. We are forming a union to provide a better education for our students."

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Survey: Majority backs public schools over alternatives

 The U.S. public still strongly supports public schools and wants to improve them - and is willing to pay to do so.

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