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NEA’s SuperPAC Exposed to Kryptonite

Yahoo! Finance has an outcome-based look at campaign finance spending. The focus is on wealthy donors from both sides of the aisle, but it also contains an informative table on the 10 largest SuperPACs covering the last two election cycles and how their selected candidates did. The NEA Advocacy Fund’s 2014 record was so atrocious […]

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Whodunit?

The anonymous blogger behind Rocky Top Politics in Tennessee thinks he has solved the “mystery of P.O. Box 1292,” which is the only known location of National Research Services, LLC. You may recall that nebulous firm materialized in 2014 for the sole purpose of receiving, then spending, PAC money from the Alabama Education Association. Rocky Top’s theory […]

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Labor Day Sale

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NLRB Ruling Might Cut Both Ways

Unions were very excited last week when the National Labor Relations Board greatly expanded the definition of a “joint employer.” They see it as an opportunity, particularly in the fast food industry, to organize workers and negotiate directly with parent corporations instead of franchisees. Anyone with an interest in labor relations should read the full […]

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Union President on “Teacher Shortage”: “Who Cares What the Data Says?”

Stop what you’re doing and follow this link to Shaina Cavazos’ story in today’s Chalkbeat Indiana about the latest teacher shortage frenzy. The takeaway? “…the problem isn’t the number of certified teachers but a mismatch between them and available jobs. And the situation isn’t as bad or out of the ordinary as recent media coverage has […]

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Remembering the Obama Years

If we’re going to start the 2016 Presidential campaign in mid-2015, it can’t be too early for a retrospective on Barack Obama and his education policy. Here is the video of his speech to the 2008 National Education Association Representative Assembly after the delegates had endorsed him for President (but way too long after he […]

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Vegas Election Set: Teamsters vs. NEA

You may recall that Teamsters Local 14 in Clark County, Nevada, has been trying for years to win exclusive representation of the non-teachers working for the school district. These workers are currently members of the Education Support Employees Association, affiliated with NEA. The Teamsters have won several elections (the last with 71% of the vote) […]

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