My Economy

Prioritizing stability over wealth

Nov 27, 2019
Ohio native Louise Eberle says the work-life balance of her public school job gives her more than wealth ever could.
Photo courtesy of Louise Eberle
Adventures in Housing

Adventures in Housing: The boarding school dorm parents

Sep 30, 2019
Sometimes a housing story is actually a love story.
Bill and Margaret Enos met working as teachers in a boarding school. He was a dorm parent, she was a dorm parent, and then they were dorm parents together.
Photo courtesy of the Enos

How a group of teachers in Nashville is bridging the public-private divide

Jun 10, 2019
The educators behind the new cooperative model hope to take it to schools nationwide.
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LA teachers are striking against the school district, but it is the state that controls the purse strings

Jan 14, 2019
California is unusual in that the bulk of education funding comes from the state budget
Thousands of teachers march in the rain through Los Angeles on Monday, on the first day of the first teachers strike in 30 years targeting the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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Divided Decade

Divided Decade: How the financial crisis changed jobs

Dec 19, 2018
The work we do and the way we’re paid is different.
Amy Grady, who ran as an independent for a seat in the West Virginia state Senate, teaches in her classroom at Leon Elementary on Oct. 18, 2018 in Leon, West Virginia.  West Virginia teachers went on strike this year demanding higher pay and better health care.
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Teachers still haven't recovered financially from the recession

Apr 6, 2018
Flat or reduced spending in education has meant lower or stagnant salaries and reductions to benefits.
West Virginia teachers, students and supporters hold signs on a Morgantown street as they continue their strike on March 2.
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Supreme court hears arguments on compelling union dues

Feb 27, 2018
When the Supreme Court has decided about the fairness of mandatory union dues in the past, unions have historically prevailed. In the current case before the court, Janus v. AFSCME, however, the makeup of the court is different. A ruling against…

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Teachers spend hundreds of dollars on back to school supplies

Aug 11, 2017
We spoke with a Los Angeles teacher about the school supplies she buys for her classroom each year, and what she wishes the school budget would cover.
A school teacher shops for back to school supplies in California. 
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How much does back-to-school cost you?

How do you prepare for this costly spending season?
Shopping for school supplies.  
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Which states spend more on high-poverty schools? The Urban Institute takes a look

May 31, 2017
Education policy experts generally agree that it costs more to teach kids living in poverty. They come into school at a disadvantage, often need support services and it’s harder to attract good teachers to high-poverty schools. The Urban Institute is…

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