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Teachers Unions’ Last Chance to Repopulate Ranks of Friendly Governors

October 27, 2014 Teachers Unions’ Last Chance to Repopulate Ranks of Friendly Governors. The big question on everyone’s minds, including the powers-that-be at the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, is whether the Democratic Party can maintain its majority in the U.S. Senate. But as a practical matter the unions’ fortunes rely […]

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Compromise(d)

October 20, 2014 Compromise(d). State affiliates of the National Education Association have always battled Republican office-holders. The most significant change in education labor policy in the past 20 years is how many Democratic office-holders find themselves dodging barbs from teachers’ unions. Things were so much simpler for the unions when the villains were easily identified […]

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NEA’s Super PAC Goes on “Grassroots” Shopping Spree

October 14, 2014 NEA’s Super PAC Goes on “Grassroots” Shopping Spree. The numbers are growing even as I type this, but the NEA Advocacy Fund has spent about $12.4 million to date in campaign independent expenditures since the union’s representative assembly in July. A large portion of that spending went to self-identified grassroots groups in various […]

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NEA Membership Numbers Accelerate Downward

October 6, 2014 NEA Membership Numbers Accelerate Downward. Officers of the National Education Association expressed some optimism last July that the union’s falling membership numbers were finally reaching their nadir. Active membership losses totaling more than 9 percent since 2008-09 had slowed to a drop of about 17,000 by the end of the 2013-14 school […]

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Wicomico Postscript

September 29, 2014 Wicomico Postscript. Back in April, the Wicomico County Education Association in Maryland made headlines by being the site of a “coup” carried out by angry site representatives who were unhappy with the scheduling of a vote to disaffiliate the local from the Maryland State Education Association. It was later revealed that MSEA […]

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Balance Your Budget the NYSUT Way!

September 22, 2014 Balance Your Budget the NYSUT Way! New York State United Teachers has a lot of suggestions about how the state should finance education, collect property taxes and see to it that revenues match needed expenditures. The union felt that this year’s state budget “falls considerably short.” One would expect that NYSUT would […]

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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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