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Put a Stake in Stakeholders

May 23, 2016 Put a Stake in Stakeholders. And so it begins. I know I do too much self-referencing, but indulge me this time by going back to last December and a post headlined “I’m the Party Pooper” about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): It will likely pass the Senate by a wide bipartisan margin […]

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Madeloni Wins, Gets $9.2 Million to Fight Charters

May 16, 2016 Madeloni Wins, Gets $9.2 Million to Fight Charters. Barbara Madeloni was reelected president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association on Saturday. In keeping with her nebulous employment status, her margin of victory was either great or small, depending on your perspective. Madeloni received 805 votes, widely outdistancing Janet Anderson’s 479 and Tim Sullivan’s 291. […]

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NEA Sends $1.5 Million to Fight Opportunity District Initiative in Georgia

May 9, 2016 NEA Sends $1.5 Million to Fight Opportunity District Initiative in Georgia. The National Education Association pledged up to $1.5 million to the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) to fight Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal to establish an “Opportunity School District” for “chronically failing public schools.” The measure passed the Georgia legislature and must now […]

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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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