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Modesto Disaffiliation Vote Set for May 6

The Modesto Teachers Association is all set to decide whether it wants to continue being part of the California Teachers Association. The local claims 1,525 members, which would make it the largest CTA local affiliate to break away if the vote goes that way on May 6. The decision by MTA’s officers was apparently triggered […]

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Charter School Unions: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

In what now has become a media tradition, press outlets lit up with the news that the Pennsylvania State Education Association successfully unionized the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School by a vote of 71 to 34. The story notes, “PSEA has represented charter school teachers in the past, said spokesman Wythe Keever, but the approximately 115 teachers […]

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Where Do All Your Tax Dollars Go?

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Unique Poll Question

Brown University conducted a poll about the candidates in the race for governor of Rhode Island. There was one question I had never seen used in a pre-election survey before. The poll also tried to gauge how Democratic primary candidates were doing among voters affiliated with unions. It asked those likely primary voters if they […]

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Second-String Theory

It’s well past April Fool’s Day, so I guess this story is legitimate: Tennessee had engineered some major education policy changes before boasting historic gains on the National Assessment for Education Progress last year. But the Tennessee Education Association, the state’s largest teachers organization, has started to point to something simpler to help explain the […]

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The Other Union Election

Being engrossed in the New York State United Teachers election, I neglected to report the results of the contested elections for officers of the Broward Teachers Union. As you may recall, accusations were flying about eligibility and personal finances. In the end, BTU president Sharon Glickman held on to office with 53.5 percent of the […]

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Berkeley Struggles With School Choice Black Market

You might not be up for reading a 5,000-word piece on “illegal enrollment” in the Berkeley Unified School District in California, but it’s an excellent article that covers the mixed feelings displayed by school officials, teachers’ unions and taxpayers. Do students who don’t reside in the district cost more money, or bring in more money? Is […]

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