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Teachers union: More than 1 million emails sent to senators urging a vote against DeVos

The National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union, says that more than 1 million people have used an online form during the past three weeks to email their Senators to urge opposition to Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary. More than 40,000 people have called Senators using a hotline the union set up to access the switchboard at the U.S. Capitol, NEA officials said.

Chicago lays off almost 500 teachers, another 500 school-based workers

Chicago Public Schools is laying off almost 500 teachers and another 500 school-based staff members, the district said Friday. The teachers being laid off will be eligible to apply for jobs in the district, which has about 1,000 teaching vacancies, officials said. The majority of affected personnel are expected to be hired into open positions at other schools, CPS said.

Don’t blame school district employees for any cuts

It took Spokane school administrators one week to shift from saying they were glad to be able to give raises to classroom aides, whom they’d been paying Wal-Mart wages, to blaming employees for “budget cuts” that might drive up the price of school lunches and district child care. It was an astonishing show of bad faith.

Gregoire pitches for schools

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire told the state’s largest teachers union that she will work to increase taxes to help the state meet its mandate to provide quality education. “I am traveling the state to send the message to legislators and taxpayers that we must have a new source of revenue because we cannot have money in the good times and no money in the bad times,” Gregoire said. “We have to have money all the time to meet our obligation to ensure the education of our children.”

Teachers union backs Inslee for governor

SEATTLE – The state’s largest teachers union endorsed U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee for governor after Attorney General Rob McKenna backed out of plans to speak to the organization’s leadership on Saturday. Washington Education Association President Mary Lindquist said the union, which was expected to endorse the Democratic legislator, decided to formally recommend him to its members after hearing his concerns about state budget cuts and their impact on education.