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Rock the Union

March 23, 2015 Rock the Union. Younger teachers are less connected to their unions than their older colleagues are. The unions are very aware of this, and the National Education Association in particular is making outreach to its newest members a high priority. Whether this can be done without sacrificing the support of veteran members […]

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“Our membership numbers are for internal use only.”

March 16, 2015 “Our membership numbers are for internal use only.” The South Bend Tribune published a piece yesterday with the headline “Teacher unions in decline.” It aimed to show, through national membership numbers and those of local affiliates of the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA), that teachers were less likely to join the union […]

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NEA’s Great Public Schools Fund Could Become Another Political War Chest

March 9, 2015 NEA’s Great Public Schools Fund Could Become Another Political War Chest. In 2013, delegates to the National Education Association Representative Assembly (RA) approved a $3 dues increase to subsidize the national union’s Great Public Schools Fund. The idea was to create and encourage union-led education reform initiatives that would “support and ensure […]

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One Member-One Vote or Creeping Merger?

March 2, 2015 One Member-One Vote or Creeping Merger? Each year at the National Education Association Representative Assembly (RA), delegates have the opportunity to submit constitutional amendments for the following year’s delegates to debate and vote upon. This year two amendments have the potential of altering the operations of the union and awakening the dormant […]

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Will Teachers’ Unions Exit Stage Left?

February 17, 2015 Will Teachers’ Unions Exit Stage Left? We established last week that cognitive linguistic analysis would not be the salvation of teachers’ unions. Recent events dictate we revisit the possibility that teachers’ unions will revitalize themselves by moving to the left. Yes, yes, I know many of you think there cannot possibly be […]

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NEA’s Troubles Won’t Be Reversed by Cognitive Linguistic Analysis

February 9, 2015 NEA’s Troubles Won’t Be Reversed by Cognitive Linguistic Analysis. Over at The Daily Beast, Conor P. Williams declassified an internal document that NEA commissioned from pollster Celinda Lake detailing which words to avoid and which to embrace when talking about education reform. And the most important recommendation was to avoid talking about […]

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Shrinking Union Teachers, Annoying Orange and Dead Blogs

February 2, 2015 Shrinking Union Teachers, Annoying Orange and Dead Blogs. Thanks to the good folks at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and unionstats.com we can examine the union membership status of teachers from 1983 through 2014. The numbers do lump private school teachers and public school teachers together in one category, and they do […]

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