Samantha Hernandez and Max Cohen USA TODAY Updated 6:02 AM EDT Aug 28, 2019 WABENO, Wisc. — School is about to start in Wisconsin, and the Wabeno School District has been scrambling to fill open teaching positions. Again. Last year in this northern Wisconsin town – which has about 1,000 residents – a fifth-grade teaching job went unfilled for the whole year. A few years before that, 13 staff members quit after a clash with the former district administrator. That was 40% of the faculty. Finding teachers to make a life in rural America these days isn’t easy. The population is declining. The schools are isolated. The pay is low. And that’s before you get into social considerations, like fewer dating and restaurant options. From Wisconsin to New Hampshire, Illinois to Montana, rural districts are struggling with how to recruit and retain teachers, especially when the economy has been strong and well-prepared graduates have lots of other job … [Read more...] about First day of school: Teaching jobs go unfilled at rural schools
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It is now just over six weeks until Bertha Park High School officially opens its doors for the first time. The new high school on the edge of Perth is the first new secondary school to be built in Scotland for 20 years. In August, first and second year pupils will walk through the doors and start their education at Bertha Park - and headteacher Stuart Clyde has promised it to be an education like no other. The PA sat down with some of those who will be joining the school community – James Duguid and April Campbell, who have both just left Ruthvenfield Primary School, Jane Ferguson, whose son has just left Pitcairn Primary School, Victoria Sullivan, who moved to Bertha Park to make sure her son could join the new school, and the school’s headteacher Stuart Clyde. As well as embracing digital technology, the pupils will also have longer class periods than normal, and teachers will be taking a flexible approach to learning. Parents are also going to be heavily involved in … [Read more...] about ‘A whole new way of learning’ at Bertha Park
With the primary and secondary strikes looking like they might have won concessions from the Government, another group of teachers are starting to make noise. The Early Childhood Council says the Government underspent in childcare by $75 million last year, forcing some centres to close thier doors. Chief executive Peter Reynolds says the lack of funding is alarming. "That is either really bad planning on behalf of the Ministry of Education, or it's a deliberate effort to cut back further funding from childcare in New Zealand. This comes at a time when childcare centres are screaming for funding." PPTA calls off strike Winston Peters claims dispute with teachers solved New Zealanders support teachers' pay increase - poll Reynolds believes the Government has been too focused on the primary and secondary teachers' strikes to notice what's going on in early childcare. "I think the squeaky wheel is getting the attention. We don't begrudge primary or secondary school teachers - but … [Read more...] about Could early childhood teachers be the next to go on strike?
Secondary teachers have cancelled rolling strike action that had been planned for next week, fuelling speculation that the teachers' stand off with the Government is about to end. Last week Education Minister Chris Hipkins met the unions of primary and secondary schools to discuss the long-standing industrial dispute that had led to last month's mega-strike of some 50,000 teachers, affecting 800,000 students. That discussion led to the cancellation of planned teacher strike action this week, and this morning the Post Primary Teachers' Association announced that strike action for next week was also cancelled. "As you know, a ministerial forum took place last week to break the impasse in negotiations for teachers' collective agreement negotiations," PTTA president Jack Boyle says. "Those talks were very productive and we are pleased to be in a position to call off [next week's] strikes." Earlier this week, Hipkins would not be drawn on whether a solution to the stand-off had been … [Read more...] about Is the stand-off between Govt and teachers about to end?
ON SEPTEMBER 24TH 2010 “The Oprah Winfrey Show” hosted the unlikely trio of Cory Booker, who was then the Democratic mayor of Newark, Chris Christie, who was then the Republican governor of New Jersey, and a skittish-looking Mark Zuckerberg. They were there to announce a $100m donation from the Facebook founder to help Newark’s beleaguered schools. Mr Booker promised it would be a “bold new paradigm for educational excellence in the country”, and helped raise another $100m in matching donations. Now that Mr Booker is a New Jersey senator running for president in a crowded Democratic primary, he seldom brings up the Zuckerberg donation. That is not because the schools have failed to improve. They have done so significantly, though not to the degree envisioned by Mr Booker, who exclaimed that “you could flip a whole city!” Instead, it is because the ingredients of Newark’s education turnaround—the closing of bad schools, … [Read more...] about Cory Booker helped turn round Newark’s schools