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Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It’s Off to Orlando I Go

The 2015 National Education Representative Assembly convenes tomorrow morning at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. I’ll post my first report tomorrow afternoon or evening. Fortunately for NEA, many state delegations have attendance incentives involving reimbursement of travel expenses. Otherwise it might be very lonely in that hall.

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Conn-stitutional Law

Editor’s note: Detroit Federation of Teachers president Steve Conn has been charged with violating the union’s constitution and bylaws. Here are a few excerpts from his 11-page response. * Agreeing to proceed on this basis is simply acceding to the cynical belief that the democratic protections in our Bylaws to protect members and officers from witch-hunts, personal […]

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The End of the Beginning

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association next term, a case that challenges the use of agency fees by public employees’ unions. You will hear a lot from me on the case in the coming months, so I won’t scoop myself here. Let’s just say it has the potential of turning […]

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Kids Are Learning More Than You Think

The House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a hearing last week on school nutrition and got an earful. “When it comes to whole grain-rich variations of biscuits, grits, crackers and cornbread, all too often, students simply toss them into the trash cans,” said Dr. Lynn Harvey, chief of school nutrition services […]

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Conn-demned (I’ve Got a Million of These, Folks)

From a June 25 letter to members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers from executive vice president Ivy Bailey: I have today notified President Steve Conn that DFT members have filed charges against him alleging violations of the DFT constitution and bylaws and conduct detrimental to the union. As is required by the DFT bylaws, […]

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Vermont NEA Recommends Sanders for President

Vermont NEA announced its support for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ bid for the Democratic nomination for president. Martha Allen, the union’s president, said “the time has come for his vision to become a national reality.” An early endorsement by an NEA state affiliate is not that unusual. Vermont NEA recommended Howard Dean back in 2003, and a […]

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Esquith Case Gets Curiouser

Teacher and author Rafe Esquith was removed from his fifth-grade classroom in April amid allegations of “misconduct.” The first reports were that it had something to do with him reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to his class. But this controversy had little to do with the book at all. Speaking to the Los Angeles […]

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