Teachers feeling overloaded and stressed, according to Baraboo survey

Implementation of new educational requirements from the federal, state and local level, combined with the loss of collective bargaining rights, has teachers feeling overloaded and under growing stress, according to a survey of Baraboo teachers. “There’s initiative fatigue,” Baraboo High School teacher and Baraboo Education Association President Kari Nelson told the Baraboo News Republic. “That is the sense we are getting from our members. It is initiative overload.”

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Educators paved way for historic congressional wins in 2015

Hyperpartisan gridlock is the description commonly used when it comes to Congress. But the legislative body notched some significant bipartisan victories for students and educators when it wrapped up its session last month thanks in large measure to the advocacy of educators.

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U.S. Senate ushers in new era in public education with historic vote

The U.S. Senate Wednesday approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the federal education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law as soon as this week. “Today, the U.S. Senate took a bold and historic step to usher in a new era in public education,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.

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New federal education law on verge of passage

The new federal education law – known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week and is expected to be taken up by the Senate next week. The law, which replaces the deeply flawed No Child Left Behind law (also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act), reflects the National Education Association’s core principles.

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