Compton Teachers Stage 2nd ‘Sick-out’ in a Week

On Friday, for the second time in a week, teachers in Compton failed to show up for work at 10 of the school district’s 37 campuses, according to teachers’ union president Patrick Sullivan. The school district claimed nine campuses were affected, as KPCC reported.

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Florida Teachers Fleeing the Profession

It appears that teachers in Brevard County in central Florida are leaving the profession in greater numbers. According to Florida Today, which interviewed some of the teachers voluntarily exiting, factors impelling the teachers to leave include the lack of respect from students and administrators, low pay, health problems, and the long hours necessary to prepare for classes.

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CA Teacher Retirement Fund Dumps Firearms Shares

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) has sold its investment in Remington Outdoor, the parent company for Bushmaster firearms–the firearm that Adam Lanza stole and used in his his heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary.

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Archbishop Stands Firm Against Faculty Wanting Change

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, a staunch traditional Catholic, is under attack from faculty and staff at the four San Francisco archdiocese high schools, as eighty percent of faculty and staff have signed a petition rejecting the additions Cordileone has made to the school’s handbooks for the 2015-2016 school year.

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Two Maryland Teachers Allegedly Assaulted Within One Week

On February 5, a teacher at Maryland’s Tuscarora High School was assaulted and “taken to a local hospital for treatment.” Exactly one week prior, on January 29, a teacher at Maryland’s Forestville High School was beaten then “treated in [a] hospital for minor injuries.”

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Obamacare Cutting Substitute Teachers From Texas Classrooms

A substitute teacher is not necessarily someone who most people think of as a full-time employee but school districts are grappling with the reality that the federal government considers anyone who works an average of 30 week hours as one. As a full-time employee, they are eligible for employer provided health insurance coverage in a company of 50 full-time employees or more, as mandated through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

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