09082014 - High marks for Lowell Public Schools turnaround

LOWELL - Trust, collaboration and safety in risk-taking that benefits both students and staff.

These were among the qualities of Lowell schools celebrated by Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, a national teachers union, during her visit to Pawtucketville Elementary School Thursday.

To Weingarten, Lowell is a successful model for a district that has "transformed opportunities for children in an enduring way."

"They've done reform in the right way," she said.

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09082014 - Bread and Roses Festival thanks LTU

To the Contributors of  “Lawrence History Live” at the 30th Annual Bread and Roses Festival. Dear Frank, as we look back on a joyful Festival on the Lawrence Common this Labor Day, we wish to express our sincere thanks to you for making Lawrence History Live a success.  You helped us very much  in the effort to emphasize labor history and current action in our event. 

The presentation on your efforts as a union to do what is best for children was very compelling.  It brought us all up to date and really opened people's eyes!  You do such important work!

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Local 1019 Union Meetings

The Lawrence Teachers' Union meet on the first Wednesday of each month. The meetings for the 2014-2015 school year are held Wednesdays, at 4:15pm, at the Firefighter's Relief's In, 1 Market Street, Lawrence, MA.

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09022014 - Charter Activists Suffer From Truth Deprivation

''Rarely in the history of education have so many been willing to risk so much on the basis of so little evidence." This cogent statement was included in a 1996 Education Policy Institute report, alluding to the "risky business" of private management of public schools. It is truly amazing how little has changed in promoting school reform initiatives in the 18 years since this prophetic pronouncement.

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09022014 - Boston schools bypass internal hiring of some teachers

School administrators in Boston have long wanted the freedom to fill classroom posts with teachers of their own choosing, passing over internal candidates and hiring from outside the system if need be. This year, relying on a loophole in the union contract, they have done just that.

But freedom has come with a considerable cost: With the opening of schools just days away, more than 100 veteran teachers have no class assignments at all, sidelined despite a cost in salary and benefits of more than $10 million.

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