The Teachers’ “Red for Ed” Movement Is Far From Dead

In late February 2018, teachers and support staff shuttered schools in all fifty-five counties of West Virginia. Their strike inspired educators across the country and raised hopes that a long-awaited revival of organized labor finally may have arrived.

That spring, school employees in Oklahoma, Arizona, and beyond walked out to demand increased education funding and better pay. Confounding all expectations, these actions erupted in Republican-dominated (Red) states with weak labor unions, bans on public sector strikes, and electorates that voted for Donald Trump. The “Red for Ed” movement soon spread nationwide, with strikes throughout 2019 paralyzing school districts in Democratic cities such as Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago, and Denver.

How has this Red for Ed movement developed over the two years since West Virginia? Have the walkouts strengthened educator unions and rank-and-file teacher activism? And to what extent has the movement been able to win its demands and effect broader

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Boise School District readies for move to ‘red’ category, will continue in-person learning

District officials say the hybrid model – with two days of in-person instruction and three days of virtual learning – will continue through the end of the semester.

BOISE, Idaho — The Boise School District will continue moving forward with its phased plan to bring students back to the classroom in person, even as health officials say Ada County will likely move into the “red” category of coronavirus infection rates.

Previously, Central District Health had recommended that schools opt for remote learning over in-person instruction while in the “red” or Category 3 level.

But CDH officials said Friday morning during the Boise School District’s board meeting that they support Boise schools continuing to allow students back into the classroom.

CDH Program Manager Gina Pannell said that teachers and staff in the Boise School District have done “an incredible job” so far keeping kids distanced and enforcing mask-wearing and other safety

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Red Clay schedules emergency board meeting after hybrid backlash


While schools must notify families of COVID-19 cases, the state says it would violate privacy laws by releasing that data.


Red Clay Consolidated School District’s hybrid reopening plans continue to vex parents and that could lead to changes in the coming weeks. 

Since the district announced its hybrid model about a week ago, outcry from dissatisfied parents has pushed the board to schedule an emergency board meeting on Oct. 15. While no agenda has been posted, board members say the intention is to vote on the hybrid plan. Before, the district had released the plan without seeking board approval. 

However, the deadline for parents deciding between in-person or virtual learning is this Friday, meaning parents must make a decision before the board officially votes on the plan. 

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“Schools will reach out to families who have not enrolled in

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West Ada School District prepares for a possible move to category red

A spokesperson for the district said they’re currently gathering survey results from parents and will work with CDH on a plan if Ada County is downgraded.

MERIDIAN, Idaho — As coronavirus cases continue to soar in the Gem State, so do Ada county’s chances of moving into the red category next week. West Ada School District sent out a survey to parents Thursday night asking how they feel about in-person learning if Central District Health were to move the county into the red category or stay in yellow.

Central District Health will make its recommendations to the school board on Monday at 2 p.m. The survey will be open until the middle of next week. 

Char Jackson, a spokesperson for the West Ada School District, said they will then evaluate parents’ responses from the survey with Central District Health to come up with a plan to operate in category red.

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Higher education red tape has doubled since 2004

“Quality and accountability” regulations for Government supported higher education providers have more than doubled in volume since 2004 and will grow even further if the Job-Ready Graduates Bill passes through Parliament next week without amendments, the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group has warned.

Division 19 of the Higher Education Support Act (HESA), a core section of higher education legislation that covers provider standards such as financial viability and compliance, has grown in size from 3,173 words (13 pages) in 2004 to 6,478 words (27 pages) in 2020, according to an analysis by the IRU.

This is all additional to TEQSA’s scrutiny of all providers, including for universities.

Chart: The growing size of HESA Division 19

Source: IRU analysis of Higher Education Support Act over time

Universities are exempt from some of the Division 19 legislation, with much of it until now targeted at other higher education providers.

But universities will

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Red Clay hybrid plan includes third-party website Accelerate Education


Here are some of the top stories we’re following for Tuesday, August 29, 2020.


Parents in Red Clay School District, told they must decide between in-person and virtual learning by Friday, say they are being pressured into making a choice with not enough information. 

In a message to parents on Friday afternoon, the district outlined the two options. They could either keep their children learning at home, or have them attend school in person four days a week, with one day of home learning.

Families are also being asked to sign a waiver for in-person learning, agreeing that the district is not liable for anything “resulting from exposure, illness, or injury relating to or as a result of communicable diseases including COVID-19.”

“We have a large population of students with disabilities who have issues that may present challenges in terms of their ability to wear a mask,” Superintendent

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