BAT State News - August
Facebook: Alabama BATs
State Administrators - Terri Rector Michal
“[Governor] Ivey has set a goal to add 500,000 highly skilled Alabamians to the workforce by 2025. Attaining that goal involves aligning programs offered at Alabama’s high schools, community colleges and adult education programs with paths to those high-demand career fields.”
Facebook: California BATs
Facebook Administrators: Tina Andres, Karen Wolfe, Jeanne Berrong, Owen Jackman, Sherry Skipper-Spurgeon, Jed Idan, Lisa Palmer, Heather Poland, Paula Meyer, Lance Wren, Virginia Tibbets, Jose del Barrio.
Documents show the actual plans of California charter school leaders.
Facebook: Florida BATs
Facebook Administrators - Donna Yates Mace, Lisa Yurkin, Marcus Hochman
Ed activists, parents, and teachers are rallying before the state Board of Education meetings to show their support for traditional public schools.
Facebook: Illinois BATs
Facebook Administrator - Diane Barrett King Rener and Millisa Libey Jaycox
Governor JB Pritzker signs LGBTQ curriculum bill into law.
New law requires high-school students to complete FAFSA.
State Board of Education releases new world languages standards.
Facebook: Oregon BATs
Facebook Administrator: Kathleen Hagans Jeskey, Pete Teller, Anna Riddels, Jennifer Dorsey, and Tricia Snyder.
Oregon Rep. Mike Nearman hired to head the state chapter of the anti-union group, The Freedom Foundation, while keeping his legislative seat
A coalition of public employee unions, including the Oregon Education Association, is suing to retain pension benefits for workers.
Facebook: South Dakota BATs
Facebook Administrator - Suzy Suzanne
Twitter: Coming Soon
Facebook: Alaska BATs
State Administrators - Andy Holleman and Julie Santaella
“At a Head Start classroom in Anchorage on Tuesday morning, Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced he will restore $8.8 million in funding for early education services, reversing vetoes he made in June to the Legislature’s operating budget bill.”
Facebook: Colorado BATs
State Administrators - William Ames Prather
The state board of education in Colorado has decided to turn over schools in three districts to a for-profit management corporation that claims it can turn the schools around, at a cost of millions of dollars.
Facebook: Georgia BATs
Facebook Administrators - Lynda Wolfe Smith, Lisa Morgan, Peter Toggerson
Recent report highlighting funding in Georgia released.
”…Georgia is one of only eight states in the nation that do not account for the disproportionate challenges faced by students living in poverty with additional funding.
Facebook: Indiana BATs
Facebook Administrator: Cathy Sutton
More than 100 teachers spent several hours of a school night at a listening session designed for the public to share ideas on how best to raise teacher pay in Indiana, as it lags behind neighboring states and educators continue to see their wages stagnate.
Facebook: Michigan BATs
State Administrators - Linda K. Eastman, Rebecca Lehnert Armstrong, Mary Genger Kieft Bouwense, Carina Hilbert, Jonathan Marceau
Republican majority Legislature gave themselves the summer off... refusing to work on the budget before school starts. The current plan removes funding from the budget to fix roads
Facebook: Tennessee BATs
State Administrators - Lee Ann Pepper Nolan, Tikeila Rucker, Larry Proffitt, Jennifer Navarre, Mary Holden, Jenee Hewlett Peters, Neshellda Johnson, Lu Howard, and April Waltrip Jeffries
A Tennessee Farm Grows A New Generation Of Social Justice Activists
Facebook: Arizona BATs
State Administrators - Kathie Wing Larsyn and Lise Spangenthal
“Educators say Arizona needs to spend another billion dollars just to get near the national average. "We spend less on students than we did in 2008," Arizona Education Association President Joe Thomas says. "What needs to happen more than anything is someone in this state needs to listen to teachers."”
Facebook: Connecticut BATs
State Administrators - Jesse Turner and Rose Reyes
Twitter - Coming Soon
As visiting Proyecto Cordero Belpre fellows, #WindhamUnited leader and BAT, Rose Reyes with #PublicEd professionals from the mainland joined protestors of "all ages and shades" for the history-making uprising on #PuertoRico.
Facebook: Texas BATs
State Administrators - Pamela Ehrlich Smith, Gerald Savoy, Idanis Ramos
The state eyes Houston Independent School District for a state takeover while Houston Federation of Teachers president Zeph Capo emphasizes the need for local voters to be able to take action to remove the current board of trustees.
Facebook Administrators: Becca Ritchie, Susan DuFresne, Michelle Murphy Ramey, Linda Myrick, Amy Hepburn, Karen Adlum, Sheri Fingeroot Kittay
Seattle teachers rallied for contract demands that included racial equity, more nurses, counselors, and family service workers
Facebook: Wyoming BATs
Twitter - Coming Soon!
Facebook: Arkansas BATs
State Administrators - Tina Andres
“Members of the Arkansas Board of Education will host three public forums beginning [8/20/2019] and going through early September regarding the status and future of the state-controlled Little Rock School District.”
Facebook: Kansas BATs
Facebook Administrator - Anne Pritchett
“Kansas education officials are expressing concern that many motorists are ignoring a state law that requires them to stop when approaching a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading children. A recent survey found 1,040 motorists illegally passed school buses in Kansas during a one-day test in April.”