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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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    When Will Portland’s Teachers Union Stop Protecting The Worst Of The Worst?

    Investigators hired by the Portland Public Schools board released a damning 320-page report last week detailing how the district repeatedly failed to address allegations of serious sexual misconduct against Mitch Whitehurst, a former Portland Public Schools teacher who retired in 2015 after 32 years with the school system. Whitehurst’s misdeeds – and the district’s complacency in […] More

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    David Sirota Joins Union-controlled Capital & Main

    Capital & Main, a Los Angeles-based non-profit media outlet controlled by a group of labor unions –  including the California Teachers Association and California School Employees Association – has hired David Sirota to lead a new national investigative desk that the organization is launching this summer. In many ways, the Sirota-Capital & Main marriage is a perfect fit. As […] 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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    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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    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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    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