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Proxy War

September 15, 2014 Proxy War. I don’t often dig through the Shamokin News-Item looking for information about teachers’ unions and school management, but an article by reporter Sarah DeSantis caught my eye. It provides a detailed background and history of contract negotiations between local affiliates of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and school boards in […]

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How Arne Duncan Exposed the NEA

September 8, 2014 How Arne Duncan Exposed the NEA. The big story that came out of July’s National Education Association Representative Assembly was the union adopting a measure that called for the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. You don’t have to take my word for it. The Associated Press ran it on […]

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Highlights from the 2014-16 NEA Strategic Plan & Budget

September 2, 2014 Highlights from the 2014-16 NEA Strategic Plan and Budget. The National Education Association works on a two-year budget cycle and the 2014-16 edition lays out the union’s priorities and expectations in a general way. I have posted the full document on EIA’s Declassified page. Here are a few relevant items and quotes […]

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Hedging

August 25, 2014 Hedging. In the teachers’ union pantheon of evildoers, a special wing exists for hedge fund managers. They serve as convenient shorthand for the type of corporate big-wigs whose presence and money are driving public education reform at the expense of its practitioners. Back in 2011, when National Education Association president Dennis Van […]

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What Happened to Eddie Tech?

August 18, 2014 What Happened to Eddie Tech? Let me begin by apologizing for the way I have reversed this story. Normally I discover something and then tell you about it. This one is a little different. There is something, but I don’t really have any idea what it is. Maybe you know and can tell me […]

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NEA Wrote Off $8.1 Million of Indiana Loans as Bad Debt

August 11, 2014 NEA Wrote Off $8.1 Million of Indiana Loans as Bad Debt. Back in May 2009, the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) found itself it in dire financial straits. Due to a combination of budgetary red ink plus mismanagement of the funds invested in the union’s insurance trust, ISTA was in very real […]

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When It Comes to Union Legal Services, Read the Fine Print

August 4, 2014 When It Comes to Union Legal Services, Read the Fine Print. They take a public relations beating for it, but teachers’ unions use their efforts to defend their members in court as a huge selling point, particularly in states where they have to compete for members. Although very few teachers will need […]

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