This week in our summary we traveled from Arizona to the United Kingdom to the Philippines to give you the news about education.
Arizona teachers return to class
The one-week teachers strike in Arizona ended on Thursday after lawmakers approved a state budget that included raising their salary. Not all of their demands have been met and some promised to continue organizing during the November elections.
This was the fifth state that has seen teachers' action since February. Our NPR / Ipsos survey found teachers across the country struggling to make ends meet. On occasion, 58 percent have worked in a second job.
Teachers of the year face DeVos
Each state's teacher of the year was feted in Washington this week, and strikes in several states were suspended during the festivities. NPR spoke with Lindsey Jensen, a high school English teacher and the 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year, who said she was once apolitical, but not anymore. "The protests of teachers, strikes and strikes across the country are not so much out of anger but out of necessity," he said. "We have had enough".
Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, Jon Hazell, who said he was a Republican, confronted Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at a private meeting, according to the Huffington Post, about school choice policies, he said. They were draining money from public education in their state. And in response to a question from Josh Meibos of Arizona, DeVos expressed his opposition to the teacher strikes.
Teachers recruited abroad
The New York Times reported that school districts across the country have recruited thousands of teachers with temporary visas from countries as the Philippines because, like food service or agricultural work, jobs have a very low salary to attract qualified candidates in the US. U.S.
Discounts at private universities deepen
This week, the "University decision day" was held when prospective students committed to their dream, scope or safety schools.
And for full-time freshmen, private colleges are discounting tuition through grants and scholarships by approximately 50 percent. That's the highest discount rate in history, according to the National Association of University and University Business Officials, which publishes an annual study.
The big discounts speak of the limits of the capacity of schools to raise additional income by increasing enrollment. In an era of declining enrollment, net enrollment is increasing, but much more slowly than the tag price.
Do you want to help students of color? Help part-time students, says report
Speaking of college students, in community colleges they are now a non-white majority. Seven out of 10 have jobs, 36 percent are first generation students and 17 percent are single parents. More than 8 out of 10 enroll part-time or take a break at least once before graduation. A new report from EAB, a research and educational services company, advocates for part-time students for services and intervention and redesigns programs to simplify their path to graduation.
Starbucks controversy ends in education
Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, two young black men, were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia last month while waiting for an associate to start a business meeting.
His arrest and detention without charge caused national furor. The two men announced agreements this week that involved education. They settled with the city for a symbolic $ 1 and the promise of establishing a $ 200,000 program for young entrepreneurs from high schools in the area. Starbucks paid an undisclosed amount and also offered Robinson and Nelson the free tuition in an online program from Arizona State University created for Starbucks employees.
Questions about Koch's money at George Mason University
The Koch Foundation has donated more than $ 50 million to George Mason University, a public institution in Virginia, since 2011. Documents provided to a group of activists under a Freedom of Information Act request show that the money came with agreements on the recommendation of conservative candidates for certain positions in the faculty. The foundation and the university have said that the language on teaching positions was contained in older agreements and not in more recent grants.
Even so, the revelations brought ample coverage of the media, and amid criticism, Angel Cabrera, the president of the university, has ordered an investigation. He said that the agreements "do not meet the standards of academic independence that I hope a gift can fulfill." The Koch Foundation has increased its donation to more than 200 universities in the last decade.
The president of the University of Montana seeks to reduce 50 professors
The new president of Montana's flagship university proposed eliminating 50 full-time faculty positions to help address a $ 10 deficit million and an almost a decade of declining enrollment. The humanities would be the most affected.
Protest at the shareholders' meeting in Pearson
On Friday in London, activists, members of the teachers' union and members of the Kenyan parliament protested the annual shareholders' meeting of Pearson, one of the The world's largest educational companies. They oppose Pearson's investment in Bridge International Academies, a for-profit primary school company located in developing countries in Africa and Asia. Officials in Kenya and Uganda have sought to close Bridge schools for violations of local regulations regarding teacher qualifications, safety and hygiene. The company says its methods are innovative and that its students outperform their colleagues in national tests.