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Coverage of the NEA Representative Assembly Begins July 3

June 22, 2015 Coverage of the NEA Representative Assembly Begins July 3. For the 18th consecutive year (yikes) EIA will provide daily gavel-to-gavel coverage from the floor of the National Education Association Representative Assembly (RA). This year the convention takes place in Orlando, Florida. For those of you who are new to the communiqué, you […]

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California Teacher Retirements Down 8%

June 15, 2015 California Teacher Retirements Down 8%. It’s hopeless, I’m sure, but let’s see if we can head off the next stampede of California teacher shortage hysteria at the pass. Thanks to the National Center for Education Statistics, we now know that teacher turnover rates shouldn’t be giving us the vapors anymore. With the […]

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Which States Took the Worst School Spending Beating During the Recession?

June 8, 2015 Which States Took the Worst School Spending Beating During the Recession? The U.S. Census Bureau released its annual Public Education Finances report last week, bringing us per-pupil spending figures for the school year 2012-13. The recession created a bleak picture for a number of states, but others came through it rather well. […]

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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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