Hoosier Education Wire


The state's chief education officer is asking Hoosier lawmakers to approve another funding increase for Indiana schools. Glenda Ritz, the Democratic state superintendent of public instruction, last week submitted a budget request seeking a 2 percent across-the-board school funding boost and reallocation of $147 million in existing funds to begin providing pre-kindergarten classes to all 4-year-olds. A 2 percent funding increase would give schools approximately $455 million in new money during the two-year budget period that begins July 1, 2017.

Michigan Legislature lashes out at Detroit schools

The Michigan House of Representatives, ignoring fierce opposition from the Democratic minority, passed a dead-of-night financial aid package for Detroit Public Schools that had been twisted into a partisan screed against Detroit teachers and school employees.


How the teacher shortage could turn into a crisis

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about the looming teacher shortage our public schools face and how we can address the challenge before it turns into a crisis.


Momentum builds for graduate workers' unions

As it gathers momentum, the movement to organize graduate assistants could well overturn old policies barring private college and university graduate workers from unionizing, and pave the way for guaranteed workers' rights in the future.


A fight for the very soul of our country

In her most recent column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten talks about the need for our country to return to the kind of thoughtful yet passionate discourse and engagement in civic life that's been far too rare lately.