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WEAC: Our Prices Are Insane!!!

In 2009 membership in the Wisconsin Education Association Council peaked at 100,403. Today that number is somewhere south of 65,000. Once the political realities had set in, the economic realities soon followed. In 2011 the union laid off almost half its staff, and last week it cut dues by $60, to $218. This is good […]

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Fight the Power

Here we see a group of California Teachers Association employees outside union headquarters with signs reading “CTA Unfair,” “Due Process” and “CTA: Practice What You Preach.” Backstory here, with an update in the middle of this communiqué.

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Common Core vs. Common Knowledge

For those who are in – or, in my case, marginally associated with – the business of public education, it is easy to assume that others share your enthusiasm equally. We are constantly told that education is one of the nation’s top issues, we spend vast amounts of money on it, and we argue about it […]

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Listen to Yourself

We’re hearing some unusual arguments from the teachers’ unions recently. There’s a kerfuffle going on about whether the opt-out movement is parent-driven or union-driven, with the union insisting it’s parent-driven. It’s a rare acknowledgment that parents should have a powerful say in the running of the school system, but the same argument applies when they […]

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Membership Numbers for Every Oregon Education Association Local

As of February 2015. Direct link here. Or access through the EIA Declassified page here. In case you needed to know.

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20 NEA State Affiliates Have Fewer Members Than in 1994

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The Coming Student Shortage

Over on Flypaper, Michael J. Petrilli takes a look at the U.S. birth rate and comes to a conclusion that will either please or horrify classroom teachers. Fewer first-graders, lower enrollment, and one of two things happens. Either class sizes shrink of their own accord, or education employees are laid off. Let’s hope we’re not […]

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