The Badass Teachers Assoc.

State News Clearinghouse and Updates


The purpose of this site is to be an updated clearinghouse for state education news and updates from the BAT State Administrators.

If you would like to provide updated news for your state or be an administrator/moderator for your state BAT Facebook page please email us at contact.batmanager@gmail.com

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News items are updated on a monthly basis. If there is no information in your state please check back. We will update as state administrators send us information.

Alabama State News

Alaska State News

Arizona State News

Arizona: The fight continues against Prop 301

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/editorial/2018/04/01/prop-301-good-but-arizona-schools-need-more-money-now/467969002/

as Arizona ramps up the fight for fair salaries and equitable funding levels. To keep up with the current news go to https://www.facebook.com/SaveOurSchoolsArizona/

Sign the petition at https://actionnetwork.org/forms/demands?source=direct_link

California State News

  • Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/CABATs/
  • 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.
  • Twitter @CaliBATs

California: LA is starting a new superintendent search https://edsource.org/2018/la-unified-board-must-seek-more-public-input-into-new-superintendent-search/595519

Colorado State News

Colorado: Superintendents are working on a new school funding distribution formula https://sites.google.com/a/neboces.org/colorado-superintendents-modernized-school-finance-formula-2018/

Connecticut State News

Florida State News

Florida: Unions, funding, start times and more. http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2018/03/19/florida-education-news-unions-funding-start-times-and-more/

Georgia State News

Georgia: As part of his fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, Gov. Nathan Deal has allocated an additional $166 million toward the state’s education budget. https://www.wabe.org/deal-proposes-fully-funding-education-formula-first-time/

Hawaii State News

Hawaii: SB2922 Proposes amendments to the Constitution of the State of Hawaii to advance the State's goal of providing a quality education for the children of Hawaii by authorizing the legislature to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on visitor accommodations and on residential investment property. https://legiscan.com/HI/bill/SB2922/2018

Idaho State News

Idaho: Input is being sought for a safe schools initiative: https://www.sde.idaho.gov/kiss/index.html

Illinois State News

Indiana State News

Indiana: Teach Indy is a new initiative (funded by The Mind Trust) to bring more experienced teachers to Indianapolis and surrounding areas. The Mind Trust is prepared to spend up to $200,000 the first year, primarily on advertising and the Teach Indy website: www.teachindynow.org. Indiana is touted as being a very affordable place to live but there is no mention anywhere of how teacher salaries compare with other states. Wallethub places Indiana 15th overall on its list of best & worst states to teach in but ranks it 24th in Academic and Work Environment.

(https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-for-teachers/7159/#main-findings) Nor is it mentioned anywhere that Indiana schools generally don't pay extra for years of experience or advanced degrees. Experienced teachers - stay where you are! https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/in/2018/03/27/how-indianapolis-is-wooing-experienced-teachers/

Kansas State News

Kansas: HCR 5029 seeks to absolve legislative responsibility of fully finding schools. Your opposition can be sent here. http://www.capwiz.com/nea/ks/issues/alert/?alertid=80204626

Kentucky State News

Kentucky: Teachers swarmed the capital to protest recent pension changes and school budget cuts https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kentucky-teacher-protests_us_5ac29c76e4b04646b6454b03

Louisiana State News

Louisiana: State lawmakers are seeking solutions to teacher shortages: http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/education/article_cf0ad310-3375-11e8-99a3-2b8866c895ad.html

Maine State News

Maine: The law to mandate a proficiency-based diploma is under review. https://www.pressherald.com/2018/03/27/bill-to-repeal-proficiency-based-graduation-standards-will-go-to-hearing/

Massachusetts State News

Michigan State News

Minnesota State News

Minnesota: A screening of A Backpack Full of Cash is scheduled in Minneapolis: https://www.facebook.com/events/518837721845765/

Mississippi State News

Missouri State News

Montana State News

Nebraska State News

New Hampshire

New Hampshire: State Rep. calls for play based kindergarten standards http://www.wmur.com/article/state-rep-calls-for-play-based-kindergarten-standards/15393362

New Jersey State News

New Jersey: Trenton’s Education Association speaks about NJEA’s recent statement of support for a local charter school that is slated for closure. http://www.trentonian.com/general-news/20180330/trenton-teachers-union-appalled-by-njeas-decision-to-support-charter-school

New Mexico State News

New York State News

  • Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/NewYorkBATs/
  • Facebook Administrators are Beth Glazer-Schettino, Terry Kalb, Eric Olsen, Marla Kilfoyle, Jamy Brice Hyde, Jake Jacobs, Eve Shippens, Rosemary Pearce, Tara Molloy-Grocki, and Dave Greene
  • Twitter @NYStateBATs

New York: Cynthia Nixon is running for governor. https://cynthiafornewyork.com/?source=Ads-AW-32018-Acq-A&refcode=Ads-AW-32018-Acq-A

Nevada State News

  • Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/NevadaBATs/
  • Facebook Administrator - Lisa Muntean, Phil Sorenson, Stacey Wolff, Chet Miller, Cindy Darden, Sarah Sunnasy, Carmen Andrews, Mary Beth DeNigris-Franzeo, Jennifer Petrie
  • Twitter @NVBATs

North Carolina

North Carolina: May 16th will be a day of public education advocacy in the capital. https://www.facebook.com/events/1934619103516020/

Ohio State News

  • Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/Ohio.BATs/
  • Facebook Administrators - Brittany Alexander, Kelly Braun, Brianne Kramer, Dawn Neely Randall, Karen Linch, Mandy Jablonski, Paula Garfield, Beth Egbert, Debra Fedyna, Tracy Diedrick, Amber Clark, Mary Reed and Sherm Koons.
  • Twitter @OhioBATs

Ohio: HB 70 allowed for state takeovers of schools, starting in Youngstown and Lorain. In Youngstown, three Academic Distress Committee members have quit and the CEO is seeking employment elsewhere. In Lorain, the CEO has refused to attend board meetings and is hiring TFA alum. The plan is not working. Fortunately, two legislators are working to repeal HB 70. http://www.wfmj.com/story/37843794/two-ohio-lawmakers-hope-to-repeal-house-bill-70#.Wr7DaY5dnTo.facebook

Oklahoma State News

Oklahoma: Teachers are striking!! https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/02/politics/oklahoma-state-capitol-rally-strike/index.html

Oregon State News

Oregon: Oregon Joint Committee on Student Success starts public hearings. Ten hearings are scheduled across the state. https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/kotek/Documents/PR-JCSSeugene.pdf


Pennsylvania State News

Pennsylvania: Regional meetings will be held to discuss school safety. http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/governor-weve-got-to-do-better-to-keep-schools-safe-opinion-20180327.html

South Carolina State News

South Dakota State News

South Dakota: Military Education Savings Act would take funds from schools by diverting Impact Aid money. “One of the communities vulnerable to potential Impact Aid changes is Wagner Community School District, located on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Wagner receives approximately $4.3 million in Impact Aid funding, which represents more than one-third of its total revenue. Prior to receiving Impact Aid funding, the district had to cut staff positions and reduce benefits, provide 20-year-old textbooks to students, and have the school’s gym double as the cafeteria. Impact Aid now helps cover the school’s daily operations, including teachers’ salaries, textbooks, supplies, and utility bills. Even today, its funding per student is lower than 105 of the other 150 districts in South Dakota.” https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education-k-12/news/2018/03/08/447706/problem-privatizing-public-education-military-students/

Principal's told lawmakers that students need more help for mental illness and behavior disorders. https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/education/2018/01/17/south-dakota-legislature-schools-say-behavior-disorders-immediate-challenge-schools/1040097001/

Proposal to ban teachers from teaching about gender identity got pushed down, but may not be the last of it. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-bc-us-xgr--transgender-teaching-20180215-story.html

Tennessee State News

  • Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/TennesseeBATs/
  • 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
  • Twitter @MemphisBATBa

Tennessee: A bill that would have massively expanded the special education voucher program was defeated in a house subcommittee. http://www.teateachers.org/NoVouchers2018

Texas State News

Texas: New report released about K-2 suspensions. https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/26/texas-youngest-public-school-students-still-risk-suspensions-report-sa/

Utah State News

Virginia State News

Virginia: A bill to address workplace bullying and intimidation in schools has been enacted. https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+ful+HB1044

Washington D.C.

Washington State News

  • Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/WashingtonBATs/
  • Facebook Administrators: Becca Ritchie, Paul Matthew Chonka, Susan DuFresne, Michelle Murphy Ramey, Linda Myrick, Amy Hepburn, Karen Adlum, Sheri Fingeroot Kittay
  • Twitter @WABATs_

Washington: 2018-19 budget updates and comparison tool have been published http://www.k12.wa.us/SAFS/18budprp.asp

West Virginia State News

West Virginia: The West Virginia Teachers Strike will likely continue http://wvmetronews.com/2018/03/03/senate-to-take-up-teacher-pay-raise-bill-in-committee/

Wisconsin State News

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/WisconsinBATs/

  • Facebook Administrator: Debbie Kadon
  • Twitter - Coming Soon!


State Administrators WANTED! The BATs organization is actively seeking administrators for our Facebook pages and affiliates in North Dakota, Wyoming, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, North Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Please email Marla Kilfoyle, BATs Executive Director at contact.batmanager@gmail.com for more information.

To join your BAT State Facebook group please go to our website http://www.badassteacher.org/ - look to the right and you will see State Facebook Groups. Click the link, find our state and ask to join!