Category Archives: Teachers & Public Employees

Low Pay, Long Commutes: The Plight Of The Adjunct Professor

Eric Westervelt of the NPR Ed team is guest-hosting for the next few weeks on Here & Now, the midday news program from NPR and WBUR.

More than half of the professors in the United States are adjuncts. As largely part-time educators, they’re excluded from most of the benefits and security granted to full-time faculty. Even though their numbers have dramatically increased in recent decades, that doesn’t necessarily translate into power. Many struggle to attain any recognition at all for their hard work, low pay and often terrible commutes.

Artist Dushko Petrovich is one of those adjuncts, and he has an extreme story. He teaches at four colleges: Boston University, Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design and New York University. That’s right, four different states. Talk about a nightmare commute.

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Carlsbad teacher one of five California Teachers of the Year

From KUSI News

A broadcast journalism teacher in Carlsbad was named today one of five California Teachers of the Year.

Doug Green teaches students in grades seven through 12 at Valley Middle School and Carlsbad High School, according to the state Department of Education.

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A Tiny School District Reaches Far And Wide For New Teachers

From NPR News

Small town doesn’t quite describe Bethune, Colo. It spans just 0.2 square miles and has a population of 237. There’s a post office, but it’s open only part time. There’s not a single restaurant, and the closest big store is in Kansas.

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On Campus, Older Faculty Keep On Keepin’ On

From NPR News

Ken Nickerson could have retired from his job as a professor of biological sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln 10 years ago, when he turned 62.

He could have retired five years ago, when the university offered faculty a year’s salary to step down as part of a buyout to encourage more of them to leave.

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Surprisingly Few Urban High School Students Take The ACT Or SAT

From NPR News

Waking up early on a Saturday. Sharpened No. 2 pencils and a calculator. For teenagers headed to a four-year college, taking a standardized entrance exam such as the ACT and SAT is typically a requirement. But it’s far from a universal experience.

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SDUSD board calls for investigation of its president

From KUSI News

There is drama at the San Diego Unified School District.

School board members are calling for an investigation into their president.

There have been questions about the actions of School Board President Marne Foster for more than a year now.

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$9 billion school bond clears signature threshold for November 2016 ballot

From The Sacramento Bee

Proponents of a $9 billion school-construction bond have turned in enough valid voter signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Friday. The school borrowing measure would be the first since 2006.

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