House Gives Bipartisan Stamp of Approval to Charter Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives took what has become a rare step today: It passed an education bill with broad bipartisan support. The vote, on charter school legislation, was an overwhelming vote of 365 to 54 —but there was still …

Obama to Make Sales Pitch for School Facilities Program

President Barack Obama officially released his jobs plan on Monday. And his first stop in selling the nearly $450 billion to jump-start the economy? A visit scheduled today at the Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School in Columbus, Ohio, …

NEA President Kicks off Year Two of Priority Schools Campaign

By Stacey Grissom and Tim Walker “One of the things I love about teaching is that you get to start brand new with the beginning of each new school year,” NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said today. Van Roekel was…

Van Roekel Kicks Off Year Two of NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign With Visit to Dayton

The president of the National Education Association congratulated local education and community leaders for forging effective partnerships that are turning formerly-troubled schools into positive learning environments. В NEA President Dennis Van Roekel kicked off the Association’s “Standing Strong for Students” …

Charters Stepping Up to Train Teachers

A number of charter and public school networks have begun to train teachers, a phenomenon that adds an interesting wrinkle to the teacher-preparation debate.

Generally, these programs use a hands-on approach to training, giving the prospective teachers an introduction to …

Tour Day One Evansville: Empowering Educators for Student-Centered Innovation

Today through Thursday, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and Secretary Treasurer Becky Pringle are on the road for first-hand views of the work of members. Van Roekel and PringleВ  will visit schools to view union-led innovation, transformation and partnership inВ 

Study: Minorities underrepresented in STEM jobs

Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks have over the past decade been underrepresented in U.S. jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in large part because of a lack of equality in educational opportunity, according to a new …

Change Agents: Profiles of Union Leaders Driving Education Reform

The Summer 2011 issue of NEA Today magazine highlighted union-led efforts to help transform priority schools in some of America’s neediest communities. Here are the stories of five union leaders who were featured on the magazine’s cover and who are…

Obama Calls for $60 Billion to Save Teacher Jobs, Fix Schools

UPDATE

President Barack Obama called for $30 billion in new money to stave off teacher layoffs—and $30 billion more to revamp facilities at the nation’s K-12 schools and community colleges—as he outlined his vision for spurring the sputtering economy in …

NEA Has High Hopes for Obama’s Jobs Speech

Looking forward to the big Obama jobs speech tomorrow? The National Education Association sure is. President Obama spoke with Dennis Van Roekel, the president of the nation’s largest teachers union today and told him that school modernization and jobs (although …