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Help Me Make Some Dough

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis is struggling to determine whether she can better serve the city’s working class by making $201,000 as a union officer or $216,000 as mayor of Chicago. I have to applaud her ingenious method for coming to a decision: Send her money. Help me make a decision.https://t.co/L0xodSIXi5 — Karen Lewis […]

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A Little More Charter School Transparency

Yesterday the Annenberg Institute for School Reform released a report called “Public Accountability for Charter Schools: Standards and Policy Recommendations for Effective Oversight.” It received immediate and glowing endorsements from the presidents of both NEA and AFT. It came to the conclusions that charters had “uneven academic performance; practices that pushed or kept students out of charter schools; […]

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The Loneliness of the Labor Reporter

Alexander Russo asks “We Need More Teacher Union Coverage — Right?” after he listened to the laments of New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse about the demise of the union beat. It’s strange that Greenhouse had a better sense in 1992 of where organized labor was headed than he does today, but mainstream coverage follows […]

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Alabama EA Board Orders Audit

The Alabama Education Association board of directors gave its “full support” to the officers and executives of the organization, but called for an audit of the union’s finances. The action came on the heels of a letter to the board from former executive secretary Paul Hubbert questioning the AEA budget and operations. The board met […]

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Proxy War

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NYSUT Local Wants to Withhold AFT PAC Money

Some local affiliate presidents of the New York State United Teachers are unusual in that they forcefully and publicly blast the higher-ups in their own union. We’re reminded of Eric D. Przykuta, president of the Lancaster Central Teachers Association, who was colorful and bombastic when describing NYSUT’s policies and leaders. Continuing that tradition is Tony Felicio Jr., president […]

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Another Shoe to Drop in Alabama?

The Alabama Education Association board of directors will meet tonight to discuss “the budget and other financial matters.” Certainly they will discuss the letter they received from former executive secretary Paul Hubbert about the union’s internal problems. There is a lot in there to talk about. But one particular allegation should receive special attention. Hubbert wrote: […]

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