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AFT’s Florida Follies

This week the American Federation of Teachers took what it called a “rarely exercised” action by assuming control of the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association (OCCTA). Although, by the union’s own account, this has happened four times in the last seven years, which seems fairly frequent to me. Additionally, AFT officials admit there was no […]

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AFT Deposes Florida Local President & Board

In the name of “holding sacrosanct the democratic rights of its members,” the American Federation of Teachers removed from office the duly elected officers and representatives of the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association (OCCTA) and placed a national administrator in sole charge. The move was not entirely unexpected. Last February, AFT sent a monitor to […]

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Former Union Officers Revolt Against NEA Trusteeship in Alabama

After months of silence and a media blackout, the trusteeship NEA placed upon the Alabama Education Association erupted into public view in a big way. A group of former AEA officers and staff calling itself The Steering Committee sent a memo to NEA president Lily Eskelsen Garcia demanding an end to the NEA “takeover.” Noting that […]

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Y2K: NEA Membership Numbers Essentially the Same – 15 Years Later

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How to Grow NEA Membership

Minnesota – Between 1998 and 1999, membership increased 45.3 percent. Florida – Between 2000 and 2001, membership increased 85.3 percent. Montana – Between 2000 and 2001, membership increased 21.2 percent. New York – Between 2006 and 2007, membership increased 856 percent. North Dakota – Between 2013 and 2014, membership increased 17.1 percent. I’ll explain what […]

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Alameda School Board Cuts Out the Middle Man

Dateline – Alameda, California: A tie-breaking vote brought an end to an extended school board meeting Wednesday evening where Gray Harris was selected for and sworn in to the Alameda Board of Education to fill the empty seat of Nielsen Tam, who died of leukemia on May 24. Board members were at a deadlock between […]

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Defenestration

Now that Windows 10 is almost upon us, let me veer off-topic to ask: What does one do when Windows Update won’t update? After a barrage of updates on May 12, my Windows Update keeps checking for updates endlessly but never finds one. I’ve scoured the Internet and applied literally dozens of of remedies, all […]

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