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Who Needs Union Votes When You Have Union Cash?

California has had its share of extraordinary elections over the years, but the 2014 edition will have something singular. As expected, every Democrat seeking statewide office will evidently coast to victory. There are two Democrats vying for one office, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and their race couldn’t be closer. Tom Torlakson is the incumbent. […]

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Maryland NEA Affiliate: Teacher Union or Covert Op?

After the cloak-and-dagger events in Wicomico County, one would think the Maryland State Education Association would stay far away from such stuff for a while. But check out this allegation from the school board in St. Mary’s County: The majority of the St. Mary’s County Board of Education has taken the unusual step of voting […]

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NEA Makes $550K TV Buy in Iowa

Eleventh hour ad against GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst.

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Teachers Unions and the War Within

No, that’s not the title of a CNN special report, it’s the headline over a piece I wrote for the Winter 2015 issue of Education Next. It’s on their site now, so get over there and read it. While you’re there, you might also want to take a look at Alexander Russo’s “Teachers Unions and […]

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CTA Hires The Sphinx

That’s the only explanation for an organizational exercise the California Teachers Association has been using at meetings of its activists. The union has embraced the concept of “appreciative inquiry,” which, the Internet tells us, is… …about the coevolutionary search for the best in people, their organizations, and the relevant world around them. In its broadest […]

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Teachers Unions’ Last Chance to Repopulate Ranks of Friendly Governors

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High Roller

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has a detailed exposé of elaborate machinations in the Clark County School District involving board members, insurance consultants and John Vellardita, the executive director of the Clark County Education Association. I encourage you to read the full story, but the short version goes like this. In 2011, the district hired Business […]

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