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  • ** FILE ** The American Federation of Teachers in West Virginia is considering a lawsuit over a new dress code that bars faculty from wearing blue jeans. (Associated Press)

    W.V. teachers' union takes up fight to wear shorts, blue jeans to school

    The American Federation of Teachers in West Virginia is considering a lawsuit against the Lewis County school board for imposing a new dress code, which it says violates teachers' constitutional rights.

  • ** FILE ** A student serves up dessert to classmates during lunch at the People for People Charter School on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Teachers unions scour charter schools for new memberships

    Members of the nation's largest teachers unions — the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers — are pushing to organize in charter schools in several cities around the nation.

  • Law enforcement canvass the area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. An official with knowledge of Friday's shooting said 27 people were dead, including 18 children.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Newtown, Conn., school shooting dredges up bad memories of Columbine, Va. Tech

    Friday's mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school has once again left public officials and educators bewildered and saddened, struggling for answers and forced to relive the horrific memories of violence from years past.

  • Chicago schools strike incites teachers unions

    With Chicago's ugly strike behind them, teachers unions are regrouping with a public relations blitz, meant to both repair their image and rally members who are under more fire than ever.

  • Illustration: NEA by John Camejo for The Washington Times

    BECKNER: Big labor is real enemy of the 99 percent

    Since the class-warfare message of the Occupy Wall Street protests started nearly two months ago, the two largest teachers unions, the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), have taken every chance possible to stand in solidarity with the group of mostly underemployed college students and left-leaning activists. With AFT President Randi Weingarten joining in protests and state affiliates taking part and organizing protests of their own, the teachers unions are quick to point out that "public education, teachers and unions have increasingly come under attack from the one percent," as Leo Casey, spokesman for the AFT's New York City local put it.

  • Illustration: Pension dollars by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    BIDDLE: Day of reckoning for unionized teachers' pensions

    Ohio taxpayers, like their colleagues in Wisconsin, know all too well about the high cost of generous defined-benefit pensions and other compensation deals struck by states, districts and affiliates of the National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT). A 57-year-old Ohio teacher with 35 years of experience receives an annuity equal to as much as 88 percent of his final year's salary, along with guaranteed annual cost-of-living raises of 3 percent. It's why the average retired teacher in Ohio collected $54,784 in 2010, an amount 15 percent higher than the state's median household income.

  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan has spoken positively of the D.C. schools chancellor's reforms. (Associated Press)

    GUNN: Complete victory over teachers unions

    It was disturbing to watch U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan share a Florida stage recently with National Education Association (NEA) President Dennis Van Roekel and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten.

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