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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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    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 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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    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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