Teacher’s union boss courts GOP, key Hispanic groups in bid for Biden’s education secretary pick

The former president of the nation’s largest teachers union is working to lock up support from Republican senators and Hispanic leaders in her bid to be picked as Education secretary, according to officials familiar with the talks.

a close up of Lily Eskelsen García who is smiling at the camera: Lily Eskelsen García speaks at a news conference.

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Lily Eskelsen García speaks at a news conference.

Lily Eskelsen García is expected to score the backing of more than 40 Hispanic groups finalizing a letter endorsing her for the position this week. She has also strategized in recent weeks with Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the retiring chair of the Senate committee that oversees education and himself a former Education secretary.

“We’ve talked with her and gave her advice on how to get bipartisan support,” said David Cleary, Alexander’s chief of staff and veteran of education policy on Capitol Hill. “There’s a good argument to be made for Lily.”

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a collection of more

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Cleveland-Heights University-Heights board of education, teachers union reach tentative agreement, averting strike

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland-Heights University-Heights school district’s board of education and teachers union reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday, averting a strike from about 500 union members.

A strike was set to begin Wednesday, and some educators showed up to picket without knowing an agreement was close, according to a press release from the district.

“The parties negotiated all of last night and into the morning, ultimately agreeing on important compromises for the good of our students and community,” the joint statement read. “Due to negotiations going until 6:30 a.m., some Union members arrived to picket unaware that a tentative agreement was already near completion. We are happy that a strike was averted and students’ education will not be interrupted.”

A picket line formed on Wednesday morning, despite the remnants of a winter storm that blew through Northeast Ohio on Tuesday. School was closed for all students on Wednesday

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Brenden Aaronson on bypassing Europe to start career with Philadelphia Union: “I made the right decision”

Until Nov. 8 of this year, the Philadelphia Union had never won a trophy in their club’s history. 

Three times they arrived to the final of the US Open Cup, and three times they watched their opposition conduct the trophy celebration. They then had a chance to clinch the Supporters’ Shield a week before Decision Day this season, but fell to Columbus Crew SC. Some unwelcome but familiar doubt had begun to mount as they took the field on Nov. 8 knowing a win would secure them the Shield. 

After 90 hard-fought minutes, the referee blew his final whistle to confirm a Union 2-0 win. Instant euphoria. 

At the center of it all stood Brenden Aaronson, the local-boy-come-good. He came through the academy, dreaming of this chance to deliver the club’s first-ever trophy. With a move to RB Salzburg already agreed for the winter, he was desperate to lift hardware

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Education Secretary Pick: From Betsy DeVos to Union Boss? | Politics

The reason president-elect Joe Biden has for nominating as his education secretary the president or former president of one of the national teachers unions is as easy to understand as the reason he has for not doing that.

The next education secretary will have a monumental task at hand in getting more than 50 million children back in schools for in-person learning during a pandemic, and Biden needs someone with experience organizing and rallying millions, someone who already knows the mechanisms of Washington and the major players in Congress, as well as the state education chiefs and big-city superintendents.

Yet in a hyper-partisan political landscape, choosing a union boss risks sowing further division in the wake of the most divisive education secretary in the history of the Education Department – this from a president-elect who ran on the promise of restoring the soul of the nation and unifying the country

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Soviet Union launches Mars 1

On Nov. 1, 1962, the Soviet Union launched the Mars 1 spacecraft on a mission to fly by the Red Planet. While it did end up flying by Mars, the mission was not exactly a success. 

a clock sitting in the dark: A model of Mars 1, a Mars flyby spacecraft launched to the Red Planet by the Soviet Union on Nov. 1, 1962.

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A model of Mars 1, a Mars flyby spacecraft launched to the Red Planet by the Soviet Union on Nov. 1, 1962.

A Brief History of Mars Missions

After Mars 1separated from the rocket, it deployed its solar panels and started cruising toward Mars. When mission controllers were checking out the telemetry it transmitted back to Earth, they found out that Mars 1 had sprung a leak in one of the gas valves that controls the spacecraft’s orientation. 

And without a working orientation system, Mars 1 would have a hard time pointing its antennas in the right direction. It lost contact with Earth when it was about halfway to Mars.  

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How teachers’ union activism helped shift the U.S. election debate on education

In the fight for the U.S. presidency, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has positioned protecting students, educators and getting schools open safely with smaller classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic as “a national emergency.” On Sept. 2, he praised educators for their “grit,” and recognized their concerns for students.

Biden’s praise reflects his kindergarten to Grade 12 education plan, which calls on the federal government to “provide educators the support and respect they need and deserve” to and “start investing in our children at birth.”

U.S. Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden’s education plan.

In both tone and content, Biden’s plan represents an evolution in the focus of American education policy and a departure from recent commitments of Democratic and Republican parties emphasizing school accountability through testing and expanding publicly funded, privately operated charter schools.

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Charter schools: What you need to know about their anticipated growth in Alberta

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Union: Greenwich schools is in breach of special education regulations

GREENWICH — A recently obtained email sent on behalf of the union representing teachers in the Greenwich Public Schools to the district highlights the ongoing rift between special education educators and parents, who are on one side, and school administrators, on the other side.

According to the letter, which the Greenwich Time procured through a Freedom of Information Act request, the union says the school district is failing to adhere to its collective bargaining agreement, board policies, and state and federal regulations in its delivery of special education services.

The Executive Board of the Greenwich Education Association, the union representing teachers, issued a letter on Sept. 22 to Superintendent of Schools Toni Jones calling for the immediate remedy of the alleged violations. In one of the strongest allegations, the letter says educators have been directed to persuade parents to make changes to their children’s Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs), which lay

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PenFed Credit Union President and CEO James R. Schenck Receives 2020 Council for Economic Education Visionary Award

TYSONS, Va., Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — PenFed Credit Union, the nation’s second-largest federal credit union, announced that James R. Schenck, president and CEO of PenFed Credit Union and CEO of PenFed Foundation, received the Economic Education Visionary Award. This award, presented to Schenck by the Council for Economic Education, recognizes individuals who successfully provide resources to equip citizens to make financially literate economic decisions.

“I am humbled to be honored alongside former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke and Fidelity Personal Investing President Kathleen Murphy,” said Schenck. “At PenFed our mission is empowering members of our community to achieve financial well-being. We believe our nation’s financial institutions have a unique opportunity and responsibility to use their resources and platforms to deliver financial education for people of all ages. Promoting financial literacy should be included in the corporate social responsibility initiatives of financial institutions as well as

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Jammu emerging as North India’s education hub: Union Minister

Asserting that Jammu is fast emerging as North India’s education hub, Union minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday said with the constitutional changes in Jammu and Kashmir last year, they hoped to be able to overcome the impediment of attracting the best of faculty for recently established educational institutions.

The Union minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office was speaking after laying the foundation stone of a new education complex named after Pandit Madam Mohan Malviya at the Central University, Jammu.

“With the constitutional changes that took place after August 5, 2019, it is hoped that the biggest impediment in attracting the best of faculty from across the country for these educational institutions will be overcome,” the minister said.  He said the standard of any institution can be maintained only when there is total professionalism and no compromise in the selection of scholars, and when the institution is ready to

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CPS confirms plan to phase students back into buildings next quarter, starting with ‘most vulnerable’ children; union vows to fight reopening

Chicago Public Schools announced Friday that all students will continue with remote learning when the second quarter starts in November but that some of the district’s “most vulnerable” children will begin returning to schools before the end of the calendar year.

a close up of a sign: CPS says pre-kindergartners and some special education students will be the first to return to school but they haven't said when.

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CPS says pre-kindergartners and some special education students will be the first to return to school but they haven’t said when.

A CPS news release did not specify when the first students — those in pre-kindergarten and some in special education — will begin phasing back in to in-person learning, saying administrators will make that decision in consultation with public health official “closer to the start of the second quarter” on Nov. 9.

But officials said the goal is to “add additional grades as early as January. Later this year, the district will be engaging parents in other grades to assess

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