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Video of Union Employees Protesting Their Union Bosses

I mentioned in Wednesday’s column that employees of the California Teachers Association were planning a labor action to address the union’s failure to properly fund their pensions. Here is video of their picket line, courtesy of the Sacramento Bee: This follows on the heels of a protest during a speech by SEIU president Mary Kay […]

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California Test Scores: English Improvement, Math Not So Much

The state of California released its standardized test results for English and math yesterday and it was a mixed bag. Overall scores improved but the gaps between racial and ethnic groups widened. There will be a lot of analysis from all parties but I thought it important to highlight something California did with its results […]

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Teachers Unions Are The Man — Union Employees and the Fight for Better Contracts

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Vergara, Oliver & the Appeal to Authority

In a 4-3 ruling, the California Supreme Court decided not to review Vergara v. California, which challenged the constitutionality of the state’s teacher tenure, seniority and dismissal laws. The California Teachers Association and California Federation of Teachers declared this a “victory for students” because, as we all know, parents choose schools for their children based […]

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Test Your Union Advocacy Quotient!

The Canton Repository in Ohio brings us this story about middle and high school art students painting and decorating the headquarters of the Canton Professional Educators’ Association, the local teachers’ union. Their teacher said the project “gives them some ownership of something in the city, and it also provided them with some summer activity.” The […]

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How I Became an Internet Hero to Fans of a Defunct Disney Channel Cartoon

Forgive me for going off-topic, but I love stories about what a strange and wondrous place the Internet is. This time I just happened to be personally involved. It begins with this July 20 article on io9, which introduced me to Gravity Falls: Gravity Falls was a cartoon that ran on Disney XD from 2012 […]

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The Political Theater of Chicago Teacher Layoffs

It’s difficult to take sides in the ongoing feud between the city of Chicago and its public school employees. Everyone agrees the district is a financial mess, though they vigorously disagree about who is to blame and what is to be done. More than 1,000 employees were laid off this month, about half of them […]

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