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    We Don’t Need Journalistic Disclaimers, Just Honest Reporting

    Wednedsday, Phi Delta Kappan, the online “professional journal for educators”, published a hand-wringing piece asking an important if misguided question: How do increasingly unionized newsrooms complicate reporting? Titled “Covering Education in a Unionized Newsroom,” authorial reins are handed over to Rachel Cohen, a freelance writer who recently came on Retort’s radar by writing then deleting […] More

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    Millionaire Complains About Billionaires

    This is re-posted, with permission, from Project Forever Free. Ned Stanley works on National Communications, National Voices, and Media Relations for @FiftyCAN. Education historian turned anti-reform flamethrower Diane Ravitch is just out with a new book, Slaying Goliath, and the review by Annie Murphy Paul in the New York Times was hardly glowing. Some have […] More

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    Why Is NBC Taking Sides In The Public Education Debate?

    Last week, NBC announced it will host a nationally-televised forum for Democratic presidential candidates on December 14th that will focus exclusively on public education issues. NBC’s Public Education Forum 2020, which is being held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, will be moderated by MSNBC Live host Ali Velshi and NBC […] More

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    “Bargaining For Common Good” Takes A Backseat To Naked Self-Interest

    A few years ago, the St. Paul Federation of Educators was boasting about how it was “bargaining for the common good” by using contract negotiations to advocate for policies that benefitted not only teachers, but parents and community stakeholders. As then-SPFE president (and current Minnesota Commissioner of Education) Mary Cathryn Ricker explained in a piece […] More

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    WTU Turns To Politician With A History of Anti-Semitism In Bid To Upend Evals

    The Council of the District of Columbia will consider legislation that could lead to the dismantling of IMPACT, the teacher evaluation system that has been used by D.C. Public Schools for the past decade. The bill, which was drafted by the Washington Teachers Union and introduced by Councilman Trayon White last week, would make evaluations […] More

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    The Network for Public Education’s (Union-funded) Friends

    The self-described mission of the Network for Public Education, the anti-education reform organization founded by Diane Ravitch and Carol Burris, centers on “building alliances with grassroots groups across the nation” that oppose all the usual boogeymen: standardized testing, charter schools, school and district accountability, teacher evaluation, etc. Who exactly are the groups in NPE’s coalition? […] More

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    UTLA’s (Not-So-Great) Victory

    Tens of thousands of teachers in Los Angeles returned to their classrooms yesterday following a six-day strike that disrupted the lives of over 467,000 students and cost the L.A. Unified School District over $151 million in lost revenue. Tuesday morning, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, flanked by LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner and United Teachers of Los […] More

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    J-Day: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Janus v. AFSCME

    This morning, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could have a major impact on the the nation’s public sector unions, including the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association. The core question in the case is whether public employees covered by collective bargaining agreements can […] More

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    Astroturf Group Calls Families For Excellent Schools An Astroturf Group

    On Monday, Politico’s Eliza Shapiro broke the news that Families for Excellent Schools, the high-profile charter school advocacy group in New York, will close in the coming months. The revelation comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that Families for Excellent Schools CEO Jeremiah Kittredge was fired after he was accused of sexual harassment. Although it has been suggested that […] More

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