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A Pu Pu Platter of Hawaii Union Election Stories

It all hit the fan yesterday in the Aloha State as the challengers in the recent Hawaii State Teachers Association elections went to the press to make their case. Each of the media outlets had its own details and takes on the situation. The Honolulu Star Advertiser story gave us information about the vacated results: […]

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Decisions, Decisions

The National Education Association Representative Assembly will meet in Orlando, Florida, the first week of July. Convention delegates are given a stipend to offset the costs of attending, but there are demands placed on their personal budgets while there. For example… Yes, the goal this year is for the average delegate contribution to NEA’s political […]

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HSTA Letter to Members Re: Disputed Election

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Teachers’ Unions: Masters of the Compartmentalized Argument

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No Aloha After Union Election

Hawaii State Teachers Association president Wil Okabe was term-limited out this year, leading his vice president, Joan Lewis, to seek the post. She was challenged by Corey Rosenlee, a member of the union’s board of directors. Rosenlee ran on a slate from the Hawaii Teachers for Change caucus, who want to transform HSTA “from a business model […]

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Where Did You Get That Idea?

May 13, 2015 NEA Today: “Teacher Turnover Is Much Lower Than You Probably Think” That’s interesting. Why would I think teacher turnover is high? Could it be because I was reading this stuff? April 2, 2015 NEA Today: “Revolving Door Of Teachers Costs Schools Billions Every Year” “Over the next five years, nearly half of […]

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Call the Secret Service

Because Matthew Ladner deftly eviscerated President Obama after his remarks at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University. The President made a thoughtful and reasoned argument about the free market, common goods and public investment. Unfortunately for him, he was actually describing the reality in some alternate universe (or perhaps, Alfie Kohn’s Planet […]

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