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The Growing Teacher Union Militancy Movement

June 1, 2015 The Growing Teacher Union Militancy Movement. Experience and skepticism are useful tools because there are a lot of people out there trying to sell us something. But occasionally these attributes can become a crutch, and I fear I have reached that point when it comes to trends in elections for union officers. […]

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The Stand, The Banned, Supply and Demand

May 26, 2015 The Stand, The Banned, Supply and Demand. Three stories to look at this week: * You may recall that earlier this year the National Education Association’s board of directors was unable to agree on a position regarding the proposed constitutional amendment to do away with reduced representation for merged state affiliates. The […]

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Teachers’ Unions: Masters of the Compartmentalized Argument

May 18, 2015 Teachers’ Unions: Masters of the Compartmentalized Argument. No one expects teachers’ unions to approach issues in an objective way. They are advocacy organizations and their role is to present their agenda in the best possible light. Still, unions like to proceed on the assumption that whatever facts they marshal are to be […]

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“Taxes Unfair!” Shout Tax-Exempt Groups

May 11, 2015 “Taxes Unfair!” Shout Tax-Exempt Groups. A “wide coalition of organizations, community leaders and individuals” wants to split California’s property tax rolls to swell the state’s coffers. The group, called Make It Fair, seeks to “make California’s tax code fair to all by phasing out loopholes in Prop. 13 that have allowed a […]

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Teacher Turnover Turned Over

May 4, 2015 Teacher Turnover Turned Over. If you have followed education reporting at all for the past 20 years, you have seen the headlines: * “Half of Teachers Quit in 5 Years” * “Public Education Faces a Crisis in Teacher Retention” * “High Teacher Turnover Rates are a Big Problem for America’s Public Schools” […]

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Agency Fee: You Are What You Eat

April 27, 2015 Agency Fee: You Are What You Eat. AFSCME wants us to know that “sometimes complex court rulings can best be understood with the simplest of explanations.” So the union created a 90-second cartoon “that uses the analogy of friends going to dinner to puncture the logic of a new court challenge to […]

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20 NEA State Affiliates Have Fewer Members Than in 1994

April 20, 2015 20 NEA State Affiliates Have Fewer Members Than in 1994. In 1994 the National Education Association had 2.2 million members. In the years since, the union has increased its numbers by 800,000. During a period of time when the number of full-time equivalent classroom teachers grew by 553,000 it appears to be […]

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