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Union Leader Says Arne Duncan Has Turned His Back On Educators

AP | MICHAEL R. BLOOD | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The president of the nation's second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama's education chief has turned ...

'Our Energy Moment': The Blue Engine Behind Fracked Gas Exports PR Blitz

Steve Horn | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Behind nearly every major corporate policy push there's an accompanying well-coordinated public relations and propag...

Weingarten's AFL-CIO Power

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

I think Weingarten is positioning AFT to be the key in the AFL-CIO endorsement of Cuomo for Democratic candidate for president. Sure, he's playing coy with the press for now by not openly declaring his candidacy, but stay tuned. I think it's Coming To A Theater Near You.

Gates Is Funding USDOE Conferences and 'Innovations'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.06.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Bill Gates is paying a "nonprofit" already overly involved in federal affairs to "help" the USDOE "improve" its operations -- and no doubt those "improvements" will coincidentally serve the lucrative, privatizing purposes of the nonprofit-affiliated "improvers."

Connecticut Teacher Does Not Want Common Core; Weingarten Refuses to Validate the Sentiment

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On January 17, 2014, veteran Connecticut teacher Elizabeth Natale wrote in the Courant about her disillusion with the pressures of corporate reform up...

Expecting More: Rigor and Excellence in Our Classrooms

Isiah Thomas | Posted 02.23.2014 | Education
Isiah Thomas

We owe it to our children and ourselves to demand higher expectations and a system where all stakeholders, from the state house to the school house are held accountable when it comes to education.

Anti-Union Front Group Attacks AFT

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Last week the Center for Union Facts (don't believe the name) sponsored a full-page ad in the Times attributing the "high school slip in global rankings" to a single issue: the failure of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten to promote merit pay for teachers.

Progressives Must Stand Up Against the Right Wing War on Public Employees

Robert Creamer | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

For many years the American Right -- and many of the most powerful elements of corporate and Wall Street elite -- have conducted a war on public employees. It's time for Progressives -- and Americans of all stripes -- to wake up and smell the coffee.

(Un)Common Sense on the Common Core

Dan Montgomery | Posted 02.02.2014 | Education
Dan Montgomery

Some on the political right see the CCSS as federal intrusion. Some on the political left may see these new standards as infringements on teacher autonomy. But many are just fed up by the botched implementation and lack of resources.

NEA, AFT, Common Core, and VAM

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

I have been told that "the unions" are the major forces on the side of classroom teachers in this fight against the corporate takeover of American public education. I want that to be true -- but I cannot ignore what I am seeing.

An Open Exchange With AFT President Randi Weingarten

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

My letter is pointed and confrontational. It honestly captures my concerns about Weingarten and AFT. Rather than offering any comments on Weingarten's response, I wish to simply allow readers to read both letters and form their own opinions.

Growing Number Of Adjunct Faculty Are Banding Together

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 11.01.2013 | College

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of part-time college professors are joining labor unions, a growing trend in higher education that's boost...

A Brief Audit of Bill Gates' Common Core Spending

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

Bill Gates likes Common Core. So, he is purchasing it. In doing so, Gates demonstrates (sadly so) that when one has enough money, one can purchase fundamentally democratic institutions.

Despite Longshot Chance, Obama Pick Gets Senate Hearing

Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Five months after President Barack Obama called on lawmakers to approve his choice to le...

Common Core: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Alan Singer | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Common Core standard needs to be separated from the push by publishers to sell for material, the high-stakes testing of children, and from the evaluation of teachers.

Joy Resmovits

Teachers' Union Leader Handcuffed For Protest

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, was arrested Thursday afternoon for blocking a school reform hearing i...

Dave Jamieson

One Of The Biggest Labor Unions Just Got Bigger

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the largest labor unions in the U.S. will get a bit larger on Thursday, when the 1.5-million strong American Federation of Teache...

Veto Of Michigan Guns In Schools Bill Marks Win For AFT

Posted 12.18.2012 | Education

Just four days after the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder rejected a bill Tuesday that would...

Ohio Teachers Debate Union Call For More Rigorous, Bar-Like Exam

The Dayton Daily News | Jill Kelley | Posted 02.04.2013 | Education

Ohio educators responded with tempered support to the American Federation of Teachers' call for a more stringent exam, which has been likened to the b...

Union Calls For Bar-Like Teacher Certification Exam

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 02.03.2013 | Education

WASHINGTON — Schoolteachers should have to pass a stringent exam – much like the bar exam for lawyers – before being allowed to ente...

As Election Nears, Teachers Push Pro-Obama Message In Swing States

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 12.25.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. In the swing states of Ohio and Florida, it's crunch time for teachers unions, which in th...

Teachers Selling Lessons, Materials Online To Make Extra Money

AP | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education

SEATTLE — Kristine Nannini spent her summer creating wall charts and student data sheets for her fifth grade class – and making $24,000 on...

Teachers Wary Of New Evaluations In Aftermath Of Chicago Strike

| Jackie Mader | Posted 11.24.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. NBC's third annual Education Nation summit kicked off Sunday with a foc...

The Rise Of Teachers Unions: A Look At Union Impact Over The Years

| Jackie Mader | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. The Chicago teachers strike, which ended Tuesday after more than a week...

Joy Resmovits

Talks Fail Yet Again As Chicago Teacher Strike Nears Full Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education

After a marathon session in Chicago's Hilton hotel, rank and file members of the Chicago Teachers Union spilled into the street at midnight central ti...