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CTA Employees Picket Union Conference

The California Teachers Association continues to be dogged by labor problems with its own staff. At CTA’s regional leadership conference in San Jose over the weekend, the staff union set up an informational picket line and interrupted the proceedings with a loud, but peaceful, protest in the ballroom. Here staffers confront CTA president Eric Heins. […]

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Dan Goldhaber for Secretary of Education… AND Labor

Dan Goldhaber is the director of the Center for Education Data & Research, a professor in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell, the director of the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) and a vice-president at the American Institutes of Research (AIR). He has a PhD […]

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Is WEAC Really Trying to Sell Its Headquarters?

Molly Beck of the Wisconsin State Journal turned up the news last week that the Wisconsin Education Association Council placed its headquarters building up for sale. This led to a lot of schadenfreude in Wisconsin and elsewhere. It makes sense that the union might want to unload some real estate after it dropped to 36,000 […]

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New Warnings of Teacher Shortage Sound Like Déjà Vu All Over Again

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Bay Area School Choice Program Is Mostly For District Employees

I waited a week to see how much commentary would arise from this story by KQED’s Devin Katayama headlined “Why Oakland Students Leave for Public Schools in Other Cities.” I can’t find any. Katayama examined the practice of inter-district transfers in the Bay Area. Parents can apply to send their kids to schools in other districts […]

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Newark Teachers Union Goes Begging

GoFundMe is an online fundraising site usually reserved for people with steep medical expenses or charitable causes, but now it’s the home of an effort by the Newark Teachers Union to “stop the war on teachers.” The union of about 3,000 members has a goal of $100,000 for its campaign, but after the first four […]

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Invoke the Slaughter Rule

“This network of billionaire donors mirrors the dark money networks used by the Koch brothers. In fact, many of the same donors were directly implicated in an illegal dark money scheme in 2012. This group promised to spend even more in the November election and have already begun writing big checks.” – August 31 press […]

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