This is a summary of articles covering education and politics from a variety of online news sources.

To receive News From Around the Web via email, subscribe HERE.

To receive all news for and about WEAC members, including state politics and education issues (plus News From Around the Web), subscribe to the WEAC Daily News Feed HERE.

To sign up for other email alerts, go to weac.org/subscribe.


Convicted criminal running Milwaukee voucher school: Fox6 Investigators

Fox6 Investigators reported last week that Jeff Montgomery, who has been a vice principal at the publicly funded Hickman Academy private voucher school in Milwaukee since January 2016, was convicted of embezzlement in 2005 and is currently under investigation by the Milwaukee Police Department for allegedly writing bad checks. The Fox6 report continues: “Montgomery has filed for bankruptcy seven times. He owes the state money for unemployment benefits he shouldn’t have received. Court records show he owes $80,000 in child support. That kind of background could bar him from obtaining a teaching license and working in a public school. But a voucher school? No problem.”

Read More...

Millennials are taking over: What are they like, and what do they want?

“Millennials are not just changing the world of work for the future — they are rapidly becoming the majority in today’s workplace,” according to the Gallup report, How Millennials Want to Work and Live. “School leaders need to better understand these changes and effectively lead teams of all generations in an effort to create great places to work for employees and great places to learn for students.”

Read More...

The ticking clock of teacher burnout – The Atlantic

Tim Walker, an American teacher based in Finland, writes this column in The Atlantic, comparing teaching conditions in the United States to teaching conditions of other countries, particularly Finland. American teachers reported spending 39 percent more hours, on average, teaching their students than did their international peers, leaving U.S. teachers with far fewer hours for planning and assessment, and reflection.

Read More...

Many elementary schools eliminating homework

According to CBS News, a small but growing number of elementary schools nationwide and individual teachers are doing away with homework to allow kids more time to play, participate in activities, spend time with families, read and sleep.

Read More...

U.S. way behind in early childhood education, new report says

U.S. News says that out of 36 countries, the U.S. ranked 29 in enrollment rates for its 3- and 4-year-olds, according to Education at a Glance 2016, the 500-page report released from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD. WEAC President Ron Martin says: “This being an election year – we need to remind ourselves which candidates support Early Education and are willing to properly fund it so that more of our kids and families have access to 3 and 4 year old Early Education.”

Read More...