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My Mom Was A Unionized Public School Teacher. That's Why I'm A Reformer

Dmitri Mehlhorn | Posted 07.18.2016 | Education
Dmitri Mehlhorn

I remember sitting on a makeshift wooden platform between the front seats of my mom’s old Volkswagen van. As the red VW grumbled through the streets...

This Is Not the Way to Prepare and Support Teachers

Alan Singer | Posted 06.09.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

In my previous Huffington Post blog I wrote very critically about Teach for America. New York City has its own alternative certification Teach for Ame...

Courts Are Failing Children on the Promise of Brown v. Board of Education

Gwen E. Samuel | Posted 05.13.2016 | Black Voices
Gwen E. Samuel

When it comes to choosing between children who need schools that will prepare them for a successful future and help stabilize our country's economy or policies that benefit adults only and special interests, the choice is clear. We must choose Justice and Children every time!

Does LAUSD Want to Protect Children or a Bloated Bureaucracy?

Peter Cunningham | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Across America, parents are demanding more and better educational options for their children while teachers unions and bureaucrats desperately fight t...

Six Chicago Teachers' Voices: The Pros and Cons of the Day of Action

Teach Plus | Posted 03.31.2016 | Education
Teach Plus

At a time when the Chicago Teacher's Union is planning a one-day strike, it's important to remember that while we as teachers may support or oppose the strategy of a Day of Action, we're united by a common set of values around education.

This is Bad! Attack on Teacher Unions is an Assault on Students, Workers and Democracy

Alan Singer | Posted 01.14.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Unions can sign legal contracts with states and school districts that require all public employees to be union members or they can simply negotiate wage and benefit contracts that only apply to union members. But to establish the worth of working people we may need something as bold as a general strike.

Catholic Teaching Says Support Labor Unions. Catholic Colleges Are Fighting Them.

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics

Joseph Fahey cherishes the Catholic Church's teachings on worker rights. "It's really beautiful teaching -- rock-bottom core, Matthew 25 stuff," says ...

Will Every Student Succeed? Not With This New Law

Alan Singer | Posted 12.06.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

I will be glad to see NCLB left behind and RTTT stopped, but I do not see how ESSA is a victory for education in the United States. Does anyone believe that low-funded poorly performing states like Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, New Mexico and West Virginia, will create meaningful accountability systems and tests that will expose the low quality public education they offer Black and Latino students?

The Best Hope for Teacher Unions Is... Reform

Peter Cunningham | Posted 10.22.2015 | Education
Peter Cunningham

America's teachers unions probably will not put reform leaders like Newark's Chris Cerf, Philadelphia's William Hite, D.C's Kaya Henderson, or Denver'...

Governor Scott Walker Strikes Another Blow Against Organized Labor; Wisconsin Becomes 25th "Right to Work" State

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Critical thinking says if you want to earn more money, bullying your employer with a mob isn't the answer. Production is. If you want to earn more money, provide more service.

Cuomo's War Against Teachers Is an Attack on Women

Alan Singer | Posted 03.24.2015 | New York
Alan Singer

On most issues New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo just can't seem to remember the position he took the previous week. But the one area where Andy seems to be consistent is his war against teachers.

Time and Punishment: Why Teacher Voices Matter

Yohuru Williams | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

The publication of Time magazine's cover attacking teacher tenure also marked the one-year anniversary of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's infamous attack on New Jersey middle school teacher Melissa Tomlinson.

It's Not the Firing; It's the Threatening

Peter Greene | Posted 10.05.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Civilians need to understand -- the biggest problem with the destruction of tenure is not that a handful of teachers will lose their jobs, but that entire buildings full of teachers will lose the freedom to do their jobs well.

Everyone's a Winner! The Kids vs. Bad Teachers Lawsuit Hits the Road

Jennifer Berkshire | Posted 08.26.2014 | Education
Jennifer Berkshire

Well that certainly didn't take long. Just two weeks after California's kids celebrated their victory vs. bad teachers, the kids vs. tenure lawsuits are hitting the road.

The Common Core and the Unknown Knowns

Joan McRobbie | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Joan McRobbie

Akin to Obamacare, the Common Core has a rollout problem. This one is not technological. Instead it reflects an implementation planning gap.

The Unintentional (or Intentional) Downsourcing of Teaching

Tony Zini | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
Tony Zini

It is not difficult to see what is downstream from this strategy. This change will not only impact ineffective teachers, it will eventually lead to effective, qualified teachers being driven from the field. Why? The reason relates to how the financial forces in the free market operate.

The Troubling Teacher Union Strategy

Peter Cunningham | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Peter Cunningham

America's teacher unions are embracing a strategy that could diminish their profession and, over time, undermine education.

Lessons from Detroit: Why Doing What Feels Wrong May Be the Right Answer For Chicago Public School Families

Alana Baum | Posted 11.27.2013 | Chicago
Alana Baum

Had Detroit's lawmakers been courageous enough to ask questions, make tough decisions, stand up to union leadership, build out the city's infrastructure, would their city have gone bankrupt?

Duck and Cover: Educational Fallout Shelters for a Sputnik Moment

Kevin Walsh | Posted 09.17.2013 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

The following was originally published in Kevin's blog, MyMediaDiary.com I'd only been through this doorway a few hundred times in my life -- and ...

A Game-Changing Education Book from England

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Books
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

A British schoolteacher, Daisy Christodoulou, has just published a short, pungent e- book called Seven Myths about Education. It's a must-read for anyone in a position to influence our low-performing public school system.

Major Decision On NYC Teacher Evaluations

| Posted 08.03.2013 | New York

By Janon Fisher NEW YORK CITY — The state education commissioner cut through the impasse between the teacher's union and the city Saturday and ha...

John Celock

'Extreme' Kansas Union Bill Set For Quick Hearing

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kansas lawmakers are set to hold a hearing Tuesday afternoon on a bill that could dramatically overhaul collective bargaining for teache...

How Strong Are U.S. Teachers Unions? A State-By-State Comparison

Posted 10.29.2012 | Education

A study out of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Education Reform Now, a conservative education think thank, examined the strength of teachers union...

The Global Search for Education: The Education Debate 2012 -- Andy Hargreaves

C. M. Rubin | Posted 12.22.2012 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Education should not be the privilege of a select few, but the basic civil right of every American child. We must act conclusively to narrow our domestic achievement gap and to narrow our international achievement gap so that our students will be able to compete globally in the next decade.

Are Teachers Overpaid?

Rob Furman | Posted 12.17.2012 | Education
Rob Furman

This is a question that is always up for debate. Of course, if you ask teachers and people in the educational world, they will say that teachers are not only NOT overpaid, they are drastically underpaid.