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Support grows nationwide for paying teachers more. See more national education news here

| August 27, 2019
Support grows nationwide for paying teachers more. See more national education news here

Most Americans believe that K-12 schools deserve more money, the federal government should chip in a bigger share of education costs and a college education — especially at community colleges — should be tuition-free, according a nationwide education poll released (Aug. 20)

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How yoga helps students relax, focus, deal with stress. See state education news here

| July 23, 2019
How yoga helps students relax, focus, deal with stress. See state education news here

Third in a series on teachers and what they do during the summer: The day before Sun Valley High School summer school students’ research papers were due, Moonstone Yoga’s Jennifer Shifler led them and their teacher through breathing and yoga exercises to help them reduce stress and relax.

For the past three years, Shifler has led sessions each Friday morning before tutoring begins at the Title I charter school in Mesa, and educators and administrators there say it has helped increase students’ concentration, their ability to monitor their emotions and develop positive responses to stressful situations.

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About one-in-six U.S. teachers work second jobs – and not just in the summer. See more national education news here

| July 2, 2019
About one-in-six U.S. teachers work second jobs – and not just in the summer. See more national education news here

Classes have ended for the summer at public schools across the United States, but a sizable share of teachers are still hard at work at second jobs outside the classroom.

Among all public elementary and secondary school teachers in the U.S., 16% worked non-school summer jobs in the break before the 2015-16 school year. Notably, about the same share of teachers (18%) had second jobs during the 2015-16 school year, too, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This makes teachers about three times as likely as U.S. workers overall to balance multiple jobs, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. (Multiple jobholders have made up a small but steady portion of the U.S. labor force since 1970.)

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International Survey: U.S. Teachers Are Overworked, Feel Underappreciated. See more national education news here

| June 25, 2019
International Survey: U.S. Teachers Are Overworked, Feel Underappreciated. See more national education news here

TEACHERS IN THE U.S. work longer hours and spend more time during the school day teaching than teachers in other parts of the world. And while the majority are satisfied with their jobs, only a fraction believes American society values their profession.

The topline findings of the Teaching and Learning International Survey, an international study published Wednesday by the National Center for Education Statistics, showcase the grievances at the heart of the wave of educator unrest that’s prompted strikes, protests and walkouts in nearly a dozen states and school districts across the U.S.

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Teachers Use Mystery Skype To Give Students A Window On The World. See more national education news here

| May 7, 2019
Teachers Use Mystery Skype To Give Students A Window On The World. See more national education news here

Some experts have found that eighth-grade classes spend just about 20 minutes a week on geography, and that’s reflected in standardized tests. Just over a quarter of all eighth-graders score proficient or higher in the subject, which is a problem because knowing geography is key to understanding world events, politics and business. NPR’s Amanda Morris reports on a game that some teachers are using to engage students in the world around them.

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Ward: State GOP backs tax hike for education. See more state education news here

| April 23, 2019
Ward: State GOP backs tax hike for education. See more state education news here

The state Republican Party has staked out a rare policy position by backing a tax hike – as long as GOP lawmakers don’t have to do it alone.
AZGOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward announced Monday evening her support for legislation that would increase a voter-approved 0.6-cent sales tax earmarked for education to a full penny.
This new tax hike, like the original tax, would also need to be approved by voters on the 2020 ballot.

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New program aims to help teens separate fact from fiction in online news. See more national education news here

| February 19, 2019
New program aims to help teens separate fact from fiction in online news. See more national education news here

At Woodrow Wilson High School, representatives of MediaWise shared tips to help students develop fact-checking skills. Part of the workshop was led by Lester Holt, who has officially joined Poynter’s MediaWise initiative as its first ambassador.

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2018 PDK Poll: Americans say public school teachers are underpaid (+ Infographic)

| September 19, 2018
2018 PDK Poll: Americans say public school teachers are underpaid (+ Infographic)

Most Americans say public school teachers are underpaid, and 71 percent of those surveyed in the 2018 Phi Delta Kappan (PDK) Poll said they would support teachers in their community if they went on strike for higher pay.

The 5oth PDK Poll of the public’s attitudes toward the public schools asked 1,042 adults in 50 states about a range of education issues through online surveys administered in May 2018 by Langer Research Associates of New York.

While 61 percent of Americans said they trust and support public school teachers, more than half said they would not want their child to become a teacher, citing low pay and benefits.

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Arizona teachers hope to move from the classroom to the Capitol. See related news here

| August 7, 2018
Arizona teachers hope to move from the classroom to the Capitol. See related news here

Months after a massive teacher walkout over low school funding, at least 20 Arizona teachers are running for seats in the state Legislature.

“It’s so very important right now,” Jennifer Samuels, a seventh- and eighth-grade English teacher in the Paradise Valley Unified School District, said. “Our elected leaders have failed to fund our schools for a decade or more. We have to stand up for our children and colleagues and classrooms.”

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