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Polarization

September 1 Washington Post: Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, agrees that the polarized debate is not productive. “The polarization . . . won’t solve the problems of social immobility, income inequality or help public education become the ladder of opportunity for more kids.” She said her union welcomes “people who want […]

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Have a Super Labor Day!

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Let’s Be Traditional

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NEA Partners With “Waiting for Superman” Producers

Here’s a press announcement that will reverberate throughout the National Education Association: As part of its continuing efforts to promote literacy and in order to provide books to those children in America most in need, Walden Media and the Weinstein Company (TWC) have partnered with the National Education Association’s Read Across America to launch the […]

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Awkward

Last September, Aaron Knodel of West Fargo was named the North Dakota Teacher of the Year. He received a lengthy and glowing profile in the newsletter of North Dakota United. His union called him “an outstanding role model for his students, and for all educators in our state.” Five months later he was placed on […]

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Double or Nothing

What does an inveterate gambler do when he’s tapped out? He heads over to the ATM. The Alabama Education Association dropped $7 million on the Republican primaries in June for a marginal return, mainly because the union knew it would no longer be able to automatically deduct PAC money from teachers’ paychecks. With the general election […]

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Hedging

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