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By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona teachers vowed to continue their walkout over salaries and school funding on Tuesday as lawmakers considered a proposal advanced by the governor and legislative leaders for ending the latest in a string of statewide protests by U.S. educators. Arizona's strike has kept the vast majority of its 1.1 million school children out of classrooms since teachers walked off the job last Thursday. It follows similar walkouts by teachers in West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma that marked the first statewide U.S. teacher work stoppages since the 1990s - all in states where Republicans dominate the legislature. The unprecedented wave of labor activism by teachers has been fueled by demands that states reverse salary and funding constraints imposed during the 2007-2009 recession when tax revenues ran short. Thousands of red-clad Arizona teachers flocked to the state Capitol in Phoenix for a third day on Monday to press the Republican-controlled … [Read more...] about Arizona teachers vow to keep striking as lawmakers negotiate
You may soon be barred from legally buying a rifle or shotgun in New Jersey until you turn 21. The latest gun-control bill introduced by Democratic lawmakers in the New Jersey Legislature would raise the minimum age to obtain a permit to purchase either weapon in the Garden State from 18 to 21. That would match up with current state law that requires people to be 21 to buy handguns from licensed dealers. It's the latest in a string of bills sponsored by Democrats make New Jersey's already tough gun laws even tougher -- an effort that has increased in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and other massacres. The sponsors of this measure -- state Assemblymen Roy Freeman, and Andrew Zwicker, both D-Somerset -- said the goal is to prevent gun violence. "There is no easy solution to the proliferation of gun violence in this country, but there are measures we can take to help keep people safe," Freiman said in a statement. … [Read more...] about Lawmakers want to raise age to buy rifles, shotguns in N.J.
By BRIAN EASONAssociated PressDENVER (AP) - The loudest rallying cries from Colorado teachers protesting for more education dollars were about dwindling paychecks that are steadily losing ground to the state's rising cost of living.Teachers usually say a persistent funding shortage, which has cost public schools $6.6 billion since 2009, led them to walk off the job and close down schools last week. But among the biggest reasons for lagging pay is one of the least understood: The rising cost of state pensions.Colorado isn't the only state where an underfunded retirement system has played a role in a teacher uprising sweeping the U.S. In Kentucky, educators in at least 20 school districts walked out of their classrooms after the GOP-led Legislature in March passed a measure reducing retirement benefits for future teachers.Elsewhere, pay and other benefits, such as health care, have been at the forefront of teachers' demands, including in Arizona, where a historic statewide strike has … [Read more...] about Teachers in AZ demand lawmakers pass budget bills
State House Sound Bites Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.State House Sound Bites Podcast: NPR | iTunes | Google Play Lawmakers held a bicameral hearing to discuss how to respond to RAND's report. (Photo by Katie Meyer/WITF) (Harrisburg) -- After commissioning an independent study on how to fix Pennsylvania's higher education system, House and Senate lawmakers held a joint hearing Monday to debate which solutions are actually viable. Fundamental differences remain. The report is by public policy research group the RAND Corporation, and lays out five possible fixes for the state system. They include consolidating schools, and organizing them under larger state-related universities, like Penn State. The report also notes, a state funding increase wouldn't hurt. "We do think that additional state funding would help the State System more sustainable," said RAND Senior Economist Charles Goldman. "But given that the … [Read more...] about Lawmakers divided over how to fix State System of Higher EducationYou may also be interested in…