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Opt-Out: Great Success or Great Failure?

Chalkbeat reports that 1,925 New York City students opted out of the state’s standardized tests in protest. That’s a 450% increase from last year. On the other hand, 410,000 city students took the tests, which means the opt-out students constitute less than one-half of one percent of the total. I hope they realize this, but […]

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Deo et Patriae

The Wall Street Journal featured a story about my alma mater this morning on its 100th anniversary, Regis High School in New York City. Founded in 1914 by an anonymous benefactor and supported by the generosity of her family, its alumni and friends, Regis High School offers a tuition free Jesuit college preparatory education to […]

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What Happened to Eddie Tech?

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First Responder

When United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew decided his union would co-sponsor Al Sharpton’s March for Justice for Victims of Police Brutality, he probably wasn’t expecting a lot of blowback. But he failed to recognize that the president of the police officers’ union could be just as bombastic as he.  “It is absolutely ridiculous […]

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Is It Dark Money If We All Know Where It Came From?

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is upset that the Kansas Values Institute ran ads against his education record. The organization is not required to reveal its donors, leading opponents to refer to the funds spent on these ads as “dark money.” But if an organization in a red state like Kansas is attacking a Republican governor’s […]

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NYSUT Doesn’t Endorse Cuomo

New York State United Teachers decided not to endorse Andrew Cuomo for reelection as governor. This isn’t much of a surprise considering that most members despise him. NYSUT didn’t endorse him in 2010 either. NYSUT’s officers might think this is the only practical course to take, but as I mentioned last week, there is no […]

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Karen Lewis Explains How to Become the Highest-Paid Teacher

The Chicago Sun-Times has an article about Karen Lewis’ worldly possessions. It isn’t particularly interesting except for those who didn’t know that she is reasonably well-off. But you have to admire Lewis’ use of this line of reasoning: When she first ran for CTU president four years ago, Lewis promised not to make more than […]

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