Fourteen arrested during protest

The Raleigh News & Observer reported the following: Police arrested 14 people Wednesday evening, including several teachers, after they blocked a downtown intersection during a protest of Gov. Pat McCrory’s education policies. The Organize 2020 group, sponsored by the N.C. Association of Educators, had sought to meet with McCrory after a 23-mile protest march from Durham and North Raleigh to the State Capitol. Read more here.

Denver teachers get raises

The Denver Post reported on June 15 that Denver Public Schools officials say teachers and other school workers “are getting an average 2.61 percent raise in the upcoming school year.” The deal with the Denver Classroom Teachers Association “will add $7.6 million in teacher compensation for 2016-17 school year, with the possibility of $11.1 million if voters approve the district’s mill levy ballot proposal in November.”

Feds say they are listening

The U.S. Department of Education has released “draft regulations outlining how states should judge which schools are succeeding and which are in need of intervention,” noting that the issue is “a key point of contention” regarding ESSA, “with civil rights activists on the one side and teachers unions and Republican lawmakers on the other.” The piece in the Washington Post (5/26) explains that ESSA gives states more flexibility regarding accountability than did NCLB, and that in addition to standardized testing, states can “include other non-test measures, such as access to advanced coursework and rates of chronic absenteeism, in judging schools.”

Meanwhile, U.S. News and World Report (5/27) reports that the department is facing criticism from “Republicans on Capitol Hill and conservative education policymakers” over its guidelines of how states should implement ESSA, and “are accusing the Obama administration of breaking its promises on education reform.”