Lily Eskelsen García

Hey, Teachers’ Unions, Let’s Get This One Right – No Early Presidential Endorsements & Lots of Membership Engagement – Education Article

Let’s not mince words.   The last Presidential election was a cluster.   And we were at least partially to blame for it.   The Democratic primary process was a mess, the media gave free airtime to the most regressive candidate, and our national teachers unions – the National 
Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) – endorsed a Democratic challenger too early and without getting membership support first.   This time we have a chance to get…

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Denver Teachers Strike for Fair, Livable Pay – Education Article

Teachers carry placards as they walk a picket line outside South High School early Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Denver. The strike on Monday is the first for teachers in Colorado in 25 years after failed negotiations with the school district over base pay. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) After 15 fruitless, frustrating months at the bargaining table, Denver teachers and education support professionals went on strike Monday, in an all-out effort for a fair, transparent, and professional salary plan that pays…

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‘Inspiring Children to Walk in Their Own Dreams’ – Education Article

It’s about 4 p.m. in Room 228 at Skyview High School in Billings, Montana, and resource teacher Deb Roesler is explaining her “action plan.” In the coming days, when she returns to her middle school across town, this white, middle-aged, rural Montanan will invite a student who doesn’t look like her to eat lunch together. “I’ve been in the biggest groups all day. I’ve never been in a small group,” she says, referring to the “identity groups” that have formed…

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The Best and Worst of 2018 in Public Education – Education Article

2018 was by most measures a pretty great year for public education. It seemed that finally – finally – the conversation about the future of public education was headed in the right direction. The country was actually listening to educators. There were many other successes for public schools in 2018, but also enough disappointments and outrages to splash a little cold water on any year-end celebration. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights for 2018. (It’s hardly an exhaustive…

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