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NY Governor Launches Emergency Task Force for Nail Salon Industry

The measures are a reaction to a NY Times series exposing the grueling working conditions in nail salons.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to launch a multi-agency emergency task force today that will immediately implement regulations in the nail salon industry to help ensure the health and safety of nail salon laborers. The new measures come after the publication of NY Time’s exposé on the horrific working conditions of nail salon laborers. The two-part series, investigated by writer Sarah Maslin Nir, details a slew of labor violations, including wage theft and exposure to harmful materials.

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Why Are Great Teachers Leaving the Classroom?

With so much focus about getting bad teachers out of the classroom, we're letting the really effective ones slip out the door.

\n\n\n\n\n Making it simpler to remove bad teachers from the classroom has been a hot topic in education reform, but policy-makers might want to shift gears and spend more time ensuring effective teachers stick around. According to a McKinsey study, 14 percent of teachers leave after one year, and 46 percent leave the profession before their fifth year. However, in nations with the highest results on international tests, the teacher turnover rate is only 3 percent. So what's happening with American teachers that makes them leave the classroom in droves?

In the above CNN interview, Florida high school math teacher Linda DeRegnaucourt shares why she made the difficult decision to end her 13-year career after the next school year is over. Money is definitely a factor—after all that time on the job, she only earns $38,000—but her decision to leave isn't just about the size of her paycheck. As we've heard teachers say before, she's finally had enough of the poor working conditions and unprofessional way she's treated. Now she's training to become a nurse, which will give her a $24,000 salary bump.

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What's the Key to Ending the Math and Science Teacher Shortage?

The real problem isn't recruiting teachers. It's keeping them in the classroom.

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