The principal stated that children cannot be forced to learn the school’s Holocaust curriculum since “Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened.”
NEW YORK — The heads of the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors jointly condemned a law p…
The strike’s settlement offered the spectacle of the city’s two most politically prominent Jews and most notable political antagonists coming together for a deal at the 11th hour.
In the argument over working parents and Jewish day schools, Rachel Rosenthal argues that until teachers are paid according to their worth the conversation is incomplete.
Unions exist in only a handful of schools, all of them Conservative movement-affiliated or pluralistic, and the number is dropping.
The Perelman Jewish Day School has ousted its union for teachers after 38 years. The unilateral move has divided parents and teachers at the Philadelphia-area school.
Karen Lewis, President of Chicago Teacher’s Union and Jewish convert, has little in common with the city’s mayor other than faith. The two are now battling over local education.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is headed for another clash in coming months with unionized teachers over whether to close dozens of schools, after a bitter teachers strike temporarily shut down the nation’s third largest public school district in September.
The single year I was a public school teacher, green and fresh out of college, was unquestionably hard. Sure, I was typical for my demographic — naïve, a poor disciplinarian — but the nightmare arose from circumstances beyond my own inexperience: waking up at the crack of dawn to commute, dealing with ever-fluctuating administrative directives, teaching in a former home-ec classroom without blackboards and with a short-circuiting power source that left the classroom in the dark halfway through a presentation. New students were added and my favorite students pulled out of my class with no warning. Troubled students would wander around without the resources they really needed. The absurdities abounded. I remember standing in my classroom while four experts tried to gauge how I should arrange my chairs to best meet pedagogical standards. I remember when a huge percentage of staff would get minutes marked off their time-cards when the subway broke down and everyone coming from Manhattan was delayed. I remember the superintendent following our usually autocratic, suddenly meek, principal around chastising her about hallway bulletin boards not being colorful enough for standards.