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    Portland Teachers Union Wants To Restrict Access To Public Records

    Over the past few years, a series of troubling scandals have shaken Portlanders’ trust in their public school system. In 2016, it was revealed that district officials had withheld lab test results showing that most of the city’s public schools had elevated levels of lead in their drinking water. Last year, in-depth investigations by The […] More

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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