Big Wins for Students and Teachers in Congressional Spending Bill

Teachers advocating together across the country have accomplished three important victories in legislation that passed through Congress last week. These wins, part of a bill to fund the government and make certain parts of the tax code permanent, include additional funding for programs benefiting students and families, permanent status for the educator tax deduction, and…

Retired Educator Says Activism and Teaching Deeply Connected

Retired speech-language pathologist Karen Ostby spent her career helping students with communication problems, but she learned early on that, for students to get the services they need to succeed, teacher-activism is an essential ingredient. Ostby, a CEA-Retired member, started teaching prior to the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1975. In…

Teaching Students to Code

The number of computer science jobs keeps increasing at a rate much faster than the national average for job growth. According to U.S. Department of Labor projections, by 2020, the U.S. will have 1.4 million new jobs in computer science—but only about 400,000 computer science students. Growing that number of computer science students and introducing…