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Declassified Document Drop Day

May 2, 2016 Declassified Document Drop Day. Over time I accumulate teacher union documents, but without a story to hang them on they start to pile up. So I thought I would post some of the more interesting ones on EIA’s Declassified page. * NEA’s “Beat Privatization” toolkit. This “step-by-step crisis action plan” is designed to help […]

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The Grassroots Grow From The Top Down

April 25, 2016 The Grassroots Grow From The Top Down. If ever a term has been abused in modern America, it is “grassroots.” In the political context, it is supposed to mean a movement or advocacy that originates at the local level. The Wikipedia entry states, “Grassroots movements are associated with bottom-up, rather than top-down decision […]

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Teachers’ Unions Should Mind Their Business

April 18, 2016 Teachers’ Unions Should Mind Their Business. The two national teachers’ unions, their state affiliates and their local units are well-known for their activities regarding public policy, tax revenues and collective bargaining. They are tax-exempt organizations, similar to charities, think tanks and non-profit groups, but they are also very big businesses. While it is impossible […]

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Schrödinger’s Union President

April 11, 2016 Schrödinger’s Union President. Covering teachers’ unions isn’t rocket science, but if the controversy surrounding Massachusetts Teachers Association president Barbara Madeloni is any indication, it might resemble quantum theory. Today’s thought experiment is whether Madeloni, in the manner of Schrödinger’s cat, can simultaneously be employed, and not employed, by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Two weeks […]

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One NEA Message, Wrapped in Many Disguises

April 4, 2016 One NEA Message, Wrapped in Many Disguises. You would think by now the National Education Association would know that putting something like this at the start of a PowerPoint presentation… …is just catnip to someone like me. But there’s no need for anyone to be alarmed because there isn’t much in this Top Secret […]

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Unemployed Person Runs the Massachusetts Teachers Association

March 28, 2016 Unemployed Person Runs the Massachusetts Teachers Association. Barbara Madeloni, the president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, largely made her reputation on her fight against her former employer, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, for its use of edTPA, the teacher performance assessment with a high level of union buy-in. UMass Amherst administrators did […]

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After Friedrichs, Will Unions Hit the Snooze Button?

March 21, 2016 After Friedrichs, Will Unions Hit the Snooze Button? On the pages of the Murphy Institute blog Allison Porter delivers the latest in a long history of wake-up calls that pro-labor professionals have issued on the state of unions. The spur this time is the likely reprieve from an adverse decision in the Friedrichs agency fee […]

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