Teachers At District Heights Elementary Talk Strike Over Air Quality Concerns…

Teachers at District Heights Elementary talk strike over air quality concerns…

The staff at District Heights Elementary School is threatening to walk off the job over safety concerns. FOX-5 reports the school staff is threatening to strike because of an abundance of mold in the building. Disgusted parents spoke out at a community meeting Monday night, asking for students and staff to be relocated until the mold is cleaned up. Officials say preliminary testing found no mold problem, but they are taking steps to improve ventilation.

Democratic protest on the Senator floor continues…

Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley is bothered that Republicans never gave President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court a hearing. The Democrat is staging an all-night protest on the Senate floor against President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination. He said he would speak, quote, “as long as I’m able” in protest of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch. Merkley began speaking at around 7 pm last night and was still talking eight hours later. On Monday, Democrats accumulated enough votes to filibuster the Gorsuch nomination. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, says Gorsuch will be confirmed “no matter what.” McConnell is threatening to use the “nuclear option” that will allow the Gorsuch nomination to go forward with a simple majority vote.

Some are not happy with DC Mayor’s education spending plan …

Critics say the mayor’s budget is leaving DC teachers and students short-changed. Muriel Bowser presented her budget for the next fiscal year to the city council yesterday. The 14-billion dollar budget includes more than 100-million dollars in increased education spending, but the mayor’s own task force called for twice that much. The budget also includes an extra one-point-five percent in per-pupil spending, but one critic tells the “Washington Post” that won’t be enough to offset rising costs and inflation.

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