More than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers demanding higher pay and smaller class sizes have walked off the job in the second-largest US school system, union officials say, leaving 640,000 students in limbo.Students arriving for classes at about 900 campuses in the Los Angeles County School District were met by teachers carrying picket signs and rallying in the rain for higher salaries, increased staff and smaller classes, the city's first teachers' strike in three decades.The action is the latest in a wave of teachers' strikes across the US, following large-scale actions that began in West Virginia and spread to Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona.While those cases represented unions battling Republican-dominated state legislatures that had focused on cutting spending, the Los Angeles strike is the largest targeting a Democratic-controlled government.Los Angeles County officials contend the strikers' demands are unaffordable.Videos posted on Twitter by the United Teachers Los Angeles, showed … [Read more...] about LA teachers strike, 640,000 kids in limbo
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CHICAGO – Teachers in the nation’s third-largest school district are inching closer to a strike that could happen as early as next month. After rejecting the district’s latest offer, Chicago educators are back at the bargaining table negotiating issues including pay, staffing shortages and class size. The dispute follows teacher strikes this year over similar issues elsewhere, including in West Virginia, Denver, Los Angeles and Oakland, California. Chicago’s last major teachers strike was seven years ago, but the tone, issues and financial backdrop this time around are totally different. Still, shutting down roughly 600 schools could create major hassles for nearly 400,000 students and their families. Here’s a look at the situation: What are teachers demanding? The Chicago Teachers Union, which represents about 25,000 educators, argues that the district has repeatedly shortchanged schools over the years by cutting budgets. That has led to cutbacks of … [Read more...] about Teachers in Chicago inch closer to possible strike
Amazon's plans for a second headquarters include $5 billion (£3.5 billion) of investment from within the company and the hiring of up to 50,000 workers, including many on high salaries. It's no surprise then that so many cities hope to be the destination of Amazon's new base. More than 200 North American cities have been submitting bids in the hope of enticing the online retailer, and crucial to many of the plans being put forward are tax incentives that are drawing increasing criticism. This follows the announcement that New Jersey officials had put together a $7 billion package of incentives to try and lure Amazon to Newark. "Those dollars are things that could go toward educating kids, building roads, investing in quality of life for your residents," said Megan Randall, a researcher at the Urban Institute. Amy Liu, director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, told The New York Times: "The stakes are getting higher and the deals are getting worse for … [Read more...] about Critics slam using tax breaks in race to win Amazon’s new headquarters
RUGBY ace Ben Foden is excited for his next chapter in the US. The ex-England fullback made his 250th Northampton Saints appearance, before signing with Rugby United New York. Who is Ben Foden and how old is he? Ben Foden is an international rugby player. The 33-year-old from Chester gained his nickname 'Pop Idol' after he missed the first day of pre-season with Sale Sharks for an audition on the talent show. Born on July 22 1985 to Rob Foden, who had a big influence on his career, and mum Jenny. He has spent his career playing at scrum-half and fullback, though he can also play on the wing. Paul Mullan, his teacher from Bromsgrove School sixth form also had a great impact on his career. Who is he married to? Ben has been married to Una Healy for six years and have two children aged six and three. Describing how he met Una, Ben told Attitude magazine, he said he was having lunch with his agent, who had questioned his love life. He added: "He [his agent] asked if there was anyone I was … [Read more...] about Who is Ben Foden, how old is the rugby player, who’s his wife and what’s his net worth?
Guam – With millions of dollars less in their budget next fiscal year, the Guam Department of Education has a tough task ahead in running a smooth school year without compromising the quality of education for our students. So with a freeze on hiring and salary increments on the horizon, the board says they will be working on a supplemental budget request that could at least give teachers the salaries they deserve. By the same token, however, some board members are not happy that travel seems to more of a priority than teacher pay. Department travel is not always an issue when it comes to GovGuam agencies, especially when it’s for investing in the local economy and educational purposes. But for the Department of Education, a request to participate in an annual conference became front and center at last night’s Guam Education Board meeting. In this particular case, it’s for the October NASBE conference, or National Association of State Board of Education. The … [Read more...] about Ed. Board to address travel request as it announces hiring freezes