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    Newark Union Head Blames Low-income Families For Teacher Absences

    Wall Street Journal education reporter Leslie Brody has a new piece out that looks at the troubling issue of chronic teacher absences in Newark Public Schools. According to teacher attendance data compiled by the district, nearly half of the teachers in Newark’s traditional public schools missed at least 13 days of work in the 2016-17 school […] More

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    New York Teachers Are Making A Killing… Literally

    Tobacco use is the single greatest cause of preventable death in the world. According to the World Health Organization, more than six million people die from smoking every year and another 890,000 die from exposure to second-hand smoke. In the United States alone, over 480,000 people die annually from smoking-related illnesses. As Vox recently pointed out, […] More

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    Mark Your Calendars, Folks!

    The United States Supreme Court has set the date for oral argument in Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could have far-reaching implications for the nation’s public employee unions, including the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association. On Wednesday, the court announced the case will be heard February 26th. The petitioner, Mark Janus, […] More

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    Bill de Blasio Goes Full Bloomberg

    Back in 2014, newly-elected New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his “School Renewal” program to improve 94 of the city’s perennially failing schools. Under the plan, these so-called Renewal Schools would receive a massive increase in funding and additional resources to allow them to become “community schools,” a model that the teachers unions have […] More

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    DCPS Needs An Independent Investigation Into Grad Standards

    Last month, I had the opportunity to hear D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Antwan Wilson speak at Democrats for Education Reform‘s annual conference in Washington. He spoke about how his own education had impacted his life, recounted the progress DCPS has made over the past several years, and made clear that he intended to continue and […] More

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    Are Educators Skeptical Of Charters Because They’re Blind To Inequality?

    On Monday, Education Week released the results of a new survey gauging the political perceptions and behaviors of educators across the country. The finding that drew headlines was that respondents overwhelmingly opposed charter schools, with 45% “Completely Opposed” to charters and another 26% “Somewhat Opposed.” Although I think the wording of the charter school question […] More

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    The Teachers Unions’ Newest Weapon: Helicopter Parents

    Most adults would be embarrassed if their parents showed up at their place of employment to chastise their bosses over how they were being treated at work, but apparently that’s not the case for a teachers union leader in Chelmsford Public Schools, a small district northwest of Boston. Late last month, Jennifer Salmon, president of […] More

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    Val Strauss Dresses Up Union Propaganda As Research (Again)

    Washington Post reporter blogger Valerie Strauss has a new piece up on the Answer Sheet (OK, she didn’t write the piece – surprise! – but she did write the intro for it) that just so happens to mirror the teachers unions’ messaging around community schools (and takes a swipe at U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos […] More

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    The Two Superdelegates That Democrats Should Cut Loose

    A committee established to reform the Democratic presidential nomination process has formally proposed that the party dramatically slash the number of “superdelegates” ahead of the 2020 election. On Saturday, the Unity Reform Commission, which was established following the contentious 2016 primary contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, approved a series of recommendations aimed at […] More

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