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    UFT: Black Lives (Kinda) Matter

    The governing body of the United Federation of Teachers, the union which represents over 120,000 educators working in New York City’s public schools, overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to officially endorse the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this month. Members of UFT’s Movement of Rank & File Educators caucus offered a resolution in support of the […] More

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    Mudslinging In Minnesota

    My friend Beth Hawkins has a new piece up on her blog that calls out the bad behavior of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers. “The leadership of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers has spent a lot of energy over the last couple of months calling names and lobbing insults at Minneapolis Public Schools leaders, with […] More

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    Cognitive Dissonance In Chicago

    UPDATE: 01/29/18 — The Chicago Teachers Union announced tonight that the proposed merger of CTU and ChiACTS was overwhelmingly approved by its members. According to the union, 70.65% of the 16,206 members who cast ballots on the question supported the measure. Members of the Chicago Teachers Union are voting this week on a proposal to […] More

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    And She Was Loved. So Loved.

    Last week, while 24-hour news channels and social media were roiling over revelations that President Trump had called Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations “shithole countries,” a talented young college student in Massachusetts, who had immigrated to the United States from Nigeria, died after suffering a severe asthma attack. Her name was Tiffany. She was […] More

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    Report: Chronic Absenteeism Isn’t A Problem At D.C. Charter High Schools

    On Tuesday, the District of Columbia’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education issued a report revealing that far too many high schools in our nation’s capital are handing out diplomas to students who haven’t met the attendance requirements for graduation. OSSE launched an investigation into the matter after NPR’s All Things Considered aired a story which claimed that […] More

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    A “Polite Cousin” of Hypocrisy

    A new report in the Wall Street Journal reveals that a charter school run by the United Federation of Teachers in Brooklyn serves a disproportionately small number of English-language learners and students with special needs. According to data released by the New York State Education Department, only 3% of students at UFT Charter School (inventive name!) were […] More