W.Va. Teachers Go On Strike Over State Education Bill

Educators oppose charter schools and a new voucher system. The strike comes a year after the last walkout sparked similar strikes across the U.S.

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Florida Boy, 11, Arrested After Refusing to Stand For Pledge of Allegiance

An 11-year-old boy in Florida was arrested and is facing charges after he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. The boy was arrested for causing a disruption and refusing repeated instructions from school staff and law enforcement, according to Polk County Public Schools.

The sixth-grader from a Tampa suburb allegedly told his teacher the flag is “racist” and that national anthem is offensive to black people. The substitute teacher then reportedly asked the boy why he still lived in the U.S. if it’s “so bad here,” to which he is said to have answered: “They brought me here.”

The teacher then reportedly said: “You can always go back because I came here from Cuba and the day I feel I’m not welcome here anymore, I would find another place to live.”

The teacher called the cops because she didn’t want to keep “dealing with him.” An officer and school administrator tried to calm the boy, and then asked him to leave the class. The student allegedly made threats while being escorted to the office. He was charged with disrupting a school function and resisting an officer without violence.

Source: Florida Boy, 11, Arrested After Refusing to Stand For Pledge of Allegiance

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Thousands of Denver public school teachers go on strike in fight for higher pay – ABC News

Denver public school teachers left their classrooms and formed picket lines.

Thousands of public school teachers in Denver walked off their jobs on Monday and formed picket lines for the first time in 25 years to demand higher wages and stem the tide of educators they say are going to neighboring school districts to boost their pay.

Members of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association wearing “Red for Ed” T-shirts under or over bulky jackets kicked off their strike at 7 a.m. local time, forming picket lines around schools in the bone-chilling 21-degree weather and chanting, “If they won’t pay us, shut it down.”

Source: Thousands of Denver public school teachers go on strike in fight for higher pay – ABC News

WTAE Editorial: Black History Month

WTAE President & General Manager Charles W. Wolfertz III speaks on behalf of the editorial board regarding Black History Month and how the station will honor the accomplishments of Pittsburgh African-Americans throughout February.

HIS NAME WAS DR. CARTER G. WOODSON, AND HE HAD A PASSION FOR HISTORY. IN 1926, DR. WOODSON’S IDEA LED TO WHAT IS NOW CELEBRATED AS BLACK HISTORY MONTH. THIS FEBRUARY, WTAE CHANNEL 4 IS PROUD TO HONOR THE GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF PITTSBURGH AFRICAN AMERICANS. OUR STATION WILL AIR PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS TO SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON MUSICIANS, EDUCATORS, AND ATHLETES, SUCH AS JOHN WOODRUFF, A PITT STUDENT WHO CAME FROM LAST PLACE AND PASSED EVERYONE TO WIN AN 800 METER OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL IN 1936 OR CHILD PRODIGY MARY LOU WILLIAMS, WHO COMPOSED ONE OF THE VERY FIRST JAZZ-INSPIRED CATHOLIC MASSES. THESE STORIES ARE JUST A PART OF THE MANY PROGRAMS AND EXHIBITS HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT THE HEINZ HISTORY CENTER. YOU CAN ALSO EXPLORE RARE ARTIFACTS ASSOCIATED WITH AFRICAN AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO SERVED AT SOLDIERS AND SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL AND MUSEUM. TAKE TIME THIS MONTH TO VISIT LOCAL EXHIBITS WITH YOUR CHILDREN AND FAMILY. WE BELIEVE IT IS TIME WELL SPENT. ANNOUNCER: WTAE WELCOMES RESPONSIBLE REPLIES TO THIS EDITORIAL.

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Vaping in school: Hempfield principal talks about growing problem

Teachers and teenagers agree vaping in school is a growing problem. The principal of Hempfield Area High School says she’s never seen anything like it.

Principal Kathy Charlton says teenagers see vaping as less dirty than cigarette smoking, as the smell and flavor of vape juice is often quite pleasant.

The National Youth Tobacco Survey finds high school and middle school students who admit to vaping in the last month was up by 78 percent in 2017.

Source: Vaping in school: Hempfield principal talks about growing problem

Charges To Be Filed Against Student Who Made Hempfield High School Threats – CBS Pittsburgh

Officials at Hempfield Area High School say charges have been filed against a student after a social media threat surfaced Thursday.

Message from Hempfield Area High School Principal Kathleen Charlton:

The Hempfield Area High School Administration was made aware of a situation which occurred today whereby a student used social media to communicate with friends a message which included a potential threat to the safety of students and staff in the high school. A number of students who received the message took immediate action to inform administration of the potential threat. Pennsylvania State Police were immediately contacted by Administration and quickly initiated an investigation. While it has been initially determined by the State Police the student had no intent to act upon the threats which were communicated, charges are being filed in order to proceed with an appropriate and proper means of addressing the actions of the student. Disciplinary action against the student has also been initiated by the District in order to address the safety of students in the school setting. We commend the students who received the message for reporting the information to adults immediately. The Hempfield Area School District will continue to take all such reports seriously and respond in a manner to provide a safe environment within the school setting.

Source: Charges To Be Filed Against Student Who Made Hempfield High School Threats – CBS Pittsburgh

Parents, students celebrate return to routine as L.A. teachers end strike, head back to class – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles teachers and union staff returned to school Wednesday morning, hours after voting on a contract agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District that put an end to a strike that spanned six school days.

The tentative agreement, announced early Tuesday, followed an all-night negotiating session between union and district officials in which the groups sought to hammer out several issues that prompted educators to walk out of classrooms in their first strike in 30 years.

A line of cars stretched outside McKinley Avenue Elementary School in South L.A. as teachers and students arrived for what some expect to be a return to normal after days of uncertainty. One by one, students popped out of cars, vans and SUVs as parents walked along 78th Street holding their children’s hands and giving them kisses before watching the children run inside.

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Greensburg-based government workers file suit to leave union | TribLIVE

Three Pennsylvania state employees based in Greensburg are suing their union after trying unsuccessfully to resign their membership last year.

The employees, all three of whom work for the state Department of Labor & Industry, say they have U.S. Supreme Court precedent on their side, including last year’s controversial 5-4 decision, Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31.

“We believe a lot of people trying to resign from unions are trying to exercise their Janus rights,” said Nathan McGrath, vice president and director of litigation for the Fairness Center

McGrath noted that the new lawsuit addresses the issue of membership itself.

Source: Greensburg-based government workers file suit to leave union | TribLIVE

‘Tacos for Teachers’ GoFundMe feeds striking LA teachers – CNN

(CNN)A GoFundMe campaign called “Tacos for Teachers” is sending taco trucks to schools across Los Angeles to feed staffers striking for higher salaries and smaller class sizes.

The strike prompted the International Socialist Organization and Democratic Socialists of America to set up the fundraising page to help feed an estimated 32,000 striking teachers and staff members. Campaign organizer Clare Lemlich says the campaign started with the intention of bringing awareness of education issues to the city and to include more locals in the effort.

Source: ‘Tacos for Teachers’ GoFundMe feeds striking LA teachers – CNN

L.A. teachers’ strike: Tens of thousands walk off job in Los Angeles

Los Angeles teachers went on strike Monday after negotiations in the nation’s second-largest school district fell through.

Braving rain, teachers carrying signs saying “on strike for our students” and umbrellas stood in picket lines Monday morning demanding smaller class sizes, more nurses, counselors and librarians, higher wages for educators and more accountability for charter schools. There were picket lines at 900 schools across the city, United Teachers Los Angeles union president and teacher Alex Caputo-Pearl said at a news conference Monday.

“Here we are in a fight for the soul of public education,” Caputo-Pearl said. “The question is: Do we starve our public neighborhood schools so that they are cut and privatized, or do we reinvest in our public neighborhood schools for our students and for a thriving city?”

Source: L.A. teachers’ strike: Tens of thousands walk off job in Los Angeles

LA Teachers Set To Strike

(CNN)The Los Angeles teachers’ union rejected the school district’s latest offer on Friday, meaning the union is ready to go on strike Monday morning, union leaders said at a news conference.

“At the end of today’s session, we declared impasse,” said Arlene Inouye, co-chair of the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) bargaining team.
Inouye said the school district’s proposal was inadequate and that the district has made insufficient movement in their 21 months of bargaining.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/11/us/los-angeles-teachers-strike/index.html

Police: Ohio Kindergartner Had Handgun In Pants At School – CBS Pittsburgh

Police say a handgun was confiscated from an Ohio kindergartner walking into school after someone reported that the 6-year-old boy appeared to have a heavy object in his pants.

Columbus police didn’t disclose whether the gun was loaded Friday when it was safely taken from a student at Columbus Africentric Early College. A photo shared by police showed bullets with the seized firearm.

Source: Police: Ohio Kindergartner Had Handgun In Pants At School – CBS Pittsburgh