Minneapolis Teachers Announce They Will Go on Strike

Negotiations are still happening in St. Paul. The unions are asking for smaller class sizes and higher wages, while the school districts say their budgets are shrinking as enrollment declines.

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Randi Weingarten Still Wants Schools Open

Even with Omicron, the teachers’ union leader isn’t calling for shutdowns.

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With Omicron, Teachers’ Unions Push for Remote Schooling, Worrying Democrats

Chicago teachers have voted to go remote. Other unions are agitating for change. For Democrats, who promised to keep schools open, the tensions are a distinctly unwelcome development.

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Chicago Public Schools and the Teachers’ Union Clash

Two days after winter break, union members were preparing to vote on whether they would refuse to report to school buildings.

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Troubled Student Loan Forgiveness Program Gets an Overhaul

The sweeping changes will help more than a half-million public service workers who had thought they were paying down their debt for years.

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Why Vaccine Mandates for Teachers Have Been a Harder Sell Than Mask Mandates for Kids

The most powerful teachers’ union president in America discusses school reopening, mask mandates and vaccine-or-test requirements.

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A Fading Coal County Bets on Schools, but There’s One Big Hitch

Hard hit by the decline of mining, a rural area in West Virginia is trying to attract teachers in a comeback effort. What’s lacking are jobs for the graduates.

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President of Key Teachers’ Union Shares Plea: ‘Schools Must Be Open’ in Fall

About half the nation’s schools are not fully open despite rising vaccination levels, and teachers’ unions are getting much of the blame. Randi Weingarten hopes to carve a path forward.

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Most of Scott Stringer’s Supporters Have Fled. Not the Teachers’ Union.

The United Federation of Teachers is boosting Mr. Stringer’s embattled campaign with an advertising blitz.

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Why Child Care Staff Had to Show Up While Teachers Worked Remotely

The pandemic has spotlighted disparities in working conditions between child care workers and teachers.

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The Union Leader Who Says She Can Get Teachers Back in Schools

In cities and suburbs where schools remain closed, teachers unions are often saying: not yet. Can Randi Weingarten change that?

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Biden Is Vowing to Reopen Schools Quickly. It Won’t Be Easy.

The slow vaccine rollout, and local fights between districts and unions, could make it hard for the president to fulfill his promise.

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Major Technology Companies Join List of Biden Inaugural Donors

The inaugural committee did not disclose how much it has raised so far for the event, which is to be scaled down because of the pandemic.

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If Teachers Get the Vaccine Quickly, Can Students Get Back to School?

Teachers’ unions largely support plans to put educators near the front of the line, but given availability and logistics, that might not be enough to open more schools in the spring.

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On Pandemic Schooling, de Blasio Is Actually Leading

The mayor so many love to hate is doing more than most to get kids back in class.

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How Trump’s Push to Reopen Schools Backfired

Distrust of the president and his motives hardened the conviction of some educators that teaching in person was unsafe, helping drive union opposition.

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Congress’s Ideological Divide Has Stymied Aid for Pandemic-Stricken Schools

Republicans and Democrats agree that schools need billions of dollars to reopen, but policy fights have the parties at loggerheads, with educators growing desperate.

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What Teachers’ Unions Are Fighting For as Schools Plan a New Year

Unions are threatening to strike if classrooms reopen, but are also pushing to limit live remote teaching. Their demands will shape pandemic education.

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During Coronavirus, Unions Resist New Demands on Teachers

Educators say they want to teach from home during the pandemic, but are fighting to limit work hours and counter demands that they consider unreasonable.

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Erik Prince Recruits Ex-Spies to Help Infiltrate Liberal Groups

Mr. Prince, a contractor close to the Trump administration, contacted veteran spies for operations by Project Veritas, the conservative group known for conducting stings on news organizations and other groups.

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