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There are changes happening in one of the largest teachers unions in the country. The National Education Association, faced with declining membership and diminished revenues, is shifting its focus from being a powerful national lobbying group to more of an education-oriented local partner in education. Ironically, the problems the NEA is facing have been largely caused by their own unwillingness to work cooperatively with local school districts, resulting in financial cutbacks and teacher layoffs. There is reason for cautious optimism that the union is finally “getting the message” and seeking to work with school administrators rather than pursuing its own agenda. www.teachingandlearninginstitute.org and www.fln.org/media.
Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching and Learning Institute and Cecil discuss a situation in Texas where the valedictorian is an atheist and wants nothing religious included in the ceremony. www.teachingandlearninginstitute.org
Blurb: The battle for shrinking school budget resources has a new front – the nurses office. More and more school districts are cutting back or cutting completely in-building nursing services. What are the implications? How high a value is placed on that position relative to teaching positions? What about the safety and medical concerns of children? Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching and Learning Institute discuss this on this week’s Issues in Education. Learn more at www.teachingandlearninginstitute.org or on Ralph’s blog at www.fln.org
Dr. Ralph Kerr of the Teaching and Learning Institute talks with Cecil about the voting across New York state this past Tuesday for the election of school board members and budgets. Overall, most budgets passed except in the cases of districts that tried to override the states’ 2.6% property tax cap. There were a number of positive outcomes in districts with people of faith elected to the school boards.
Dr. Kerr and Cecil talk about making 'back to school' plans and how to be smart and prudent in what you buy for your kids and how much you spend.
Dr. Kerr and Cecil discuss the 2011 Pennsylvania state budget proposed by Gov. Corbett and its implications on education in the state.
Dr. Kerr and Cecil discuss the New York state budget, which was agreed to over the weekend by the Governor and Legislature. They look at its impact on local school district spending and budgets.
Dr. Kerr and Cecil follow up on their conversation from last week, discussing the importance of showing appreciation to teachers and administrators who support Christmas music and Christian themes in their school events.
Dr. Kerr and Cecil discuss the ways people of faith can get involved in their local school districts especially at the Christmas season.