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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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    All the Excuses A Quarter Million Dollars Can Buy

    Do you know how far a quarter-million dollars goes in Albuquerque? Me neither, but I know someone who does: Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) superintendent, Raquel Reedy. Coming in at a mere 550% of our state’s median household income, Reedy is set to rake in more than Mayor Keller and Governor Martinez, combined. For a district […] More

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    A Huge Blind Spot In New Orleans Pre-K Study

    The Education Research Alliance (ERA) at Tulane University is out with a new study looking at how New Orleans’ charter-based school reforms have impacted pre-kindergarten. What did they find? Between the 2004-05 school year (the last full school year before Hurricane Katrina) and S.Y. 2014-15, the number of available school-based pre-k seats in New Orleans […] More

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    Willamette Week’s One-Sided Take On Oregon’s Grad Rates

    Nigel Jaquiss has a new take on Oregon’s embarrassingly low statewide high school graduation rate in Willamette Week, Portland’s weekly alternative rag. It’s short, sweet, and essentially gives the Oregon Education Association (OEA) a platform to recite its current talking points around school funding. Jaquiss notes that recently released data from the National Center for […] More

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    Over at PE+CO: The Red River Ripoff

    I have a new post up over on PE+CO exposing how Red River United (RRU), the American Federation of Teachers-affiliated union representing educators in Caddo, Bossier, and Red River Parishes in Northwest Louisiana, is using bureaucratic obstacles to prevent members from leaving the organization. The union is refusing to stop the automatic deductions of monthly […] More

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    Associated Press Carries Water For The Teachers Unions

    The Associated Press is out with a new investigation that claims charter schools are among some of the most segregated schools in the country. The story, which has been in the works for months, is part of a larger data project that AP has made available to local and national news outlets, which means you […] More

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