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Are NYSUT’s Finances a ‘Ponzi Scheme’?

March 23, 2017 Are NYSUT’s Finances a ‘Ponzi Scheme’? New York State United Teachers will hold its annual representative assembly in New York City on April 7-8. The main order of business will be the election of new officers. For the first time, it’s possible that election will hinge on the union’s apparently precarious finances. Though […]

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Few Union Members Volunteered for Massachusetts Anti-Charter Campaign

March 15, 2017 Few Union Members Volunteered for Massachusetts Anti-Charter Campaign. Question 2 on Massachusetts’s ballot last November would have allowed the state to approve up to 12 additional charter schools or expansions each year. The opposition, almost entirely funded and organized by teacher unions, handily defeated the referendum 62 percent to 38 percent despite being […]

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Have the Unions Benefited From the DeVos Confirmation Fight?

March 8, 2017 Have the Unions Benefited From the DeVos Confirmation Fight? It has been a month since the U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tiebreaking vote. Despite unprecedented resistance, the teacher unions were unable to prevent the confirmation. But did they come out ahead […]

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New York’s Teachers Unions Are Tens of Millions in the Red: A Look at the Numbers

March 2, 2017 New York’s Teachers Unions Are Tens of Millions in the Red: A Look at the Numbers. Public schools in New York are among the best-funded in the nation, with the average spending per pupil exceeding $20,000 annually both in New York City and statewide. Not coincidentally, New York is also home to the […]

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The NEA’S 5 Financially Shakiest States

February 23, 2017 The NEA’S 5 Financially Shakiest States. The National Education Association and its state affiliates earn revenues of about $1.6 billion annually, almost all of which comes out of the paychecks of public school teachers and school support workers. That’s a lot of money, but just four offices — NEA national headquarters and affiliates […]

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Was Hillary’s Union Support Limited to the Public Sector?

February 15, 2017 Was Hillary’s Union Support Limited to the Public Sector? Exit polls from the 2016 presidential election indicate that Hillary Clinton won the union household vote by only nine points, a much smaller margin than is traditional for Democratic candidates and a contributing factor in Donald Trump’s win, particularly in the battleground states of […]

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The One Senator Teacher Unions Might Have Swayed on DeVos Is the One Who Couldn’t Vote ‘No’

February 8, 2017 The One Senator Teachers Unions Might Have Swayed on DeVos Is the One Who Couldn’t Vote ‘No.’ The last few days leading up to Betsy DeVos’s confirmation as secretary of education, the outcome was entirely dependent on whether her opponents, led primarily by the two national teacher unions, were able to persuade one […]

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