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Authentic Civics Learning at BxDCA High School

Alan Singer | Posted 08.04.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Bravo students, teachers, and administrators at BxDCA high school for real learning, not the phony stuff sold by Common Core and the high-stakes testing companies.

The Koch Brothers' Agenda and the Real War at Home

Lisa Graves | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Lisa Graves

Two of the richest men in the entire world are plotting to dominate our elections this fall, from congressional races to school board seats.

Tuning in to Teachers

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.19.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Why would 3,500 people go to sun- and fun-filled Los Angeles and opt to spend the bulk of their time inside a cavernous convention hall? To be heard.

American Federation of Teachers: 'Remediating' Duncan and Retaining the 'Corrupted' Common Core

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

It sure would be nice if a national union would aggressively confront the pro-privatization education agenda emanating from the Oval Office.

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 ...

Dave Jamieson

Huge Teachers' Union Set To Vote On Boycott Of Staples

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business

In an expected show of solidarity with postal employee unions, the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers will vote Saturday on a proposal...

Randi Weingarten, Twitter, and 'Secret Society' Membership

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 09.09.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

I wonder exactly what "progressive agenda advancing" organizations Weingarten and her sidekick Ringuette have decided to "invest" in on behalf of AFT members. Just don't ask her about those investment specifics.

Weingarten Wants Common Core; Lewis Says We're Done

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

I cannot stand CCSS because I know what it is: a business deal designed to benefit gluttonous, monopolistic corporations like Pearson. So, I really wanted to hear Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis say, "Yes, CTU will drop CCSS."

Don't Squander Teachers' Support for Common Core

Linda Rosen | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Linda Rosen

Until now, teachers have helped protect Common Core State Standards against those who want to bury them. Yet if teachers don't get more support for te...

Why Is Public Television Against Public Schools?

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Peter Dreier

You'd think that that public television would support public education, but you'd be wrong. The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has gotten in bed with the billionaires and conservatives who want to privatize our public schools.

'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...

Questions About Common Core -- NYS Education Officials Do Not Want to Hear About It

Alan Singer | Posted 04.05.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

As far as I can see, there is little real discussion going on about the Common Core standards. Politicians and corporations who are selling the standards to the public and forcing it on teachers and schools ignore both supportive suggestions and opposition.

The Implementation Dodge

TNTP | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
TNTP

We believe that Randi Weingarten, with principled leadership, truly could be the transformational union leader that the country desperately needs. But her frustrating pattern of reversals should and will give pause to those looking to her as a partner.

Campbell Brown's Ridiculous Attack on Teacher Unions

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.20.2014 | Education
Dave Johnson

Today's ridiculous attack on teacher unions is one that accuses them of supporting sexual predators in schools. Let's see if we can figure out what's behind it.

The Global Search for Education: The World Test?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"The more important questions that countries have to ask themselves are why they are comparing with one another and what they are doing with the find...

Joy Resmovits

Minor Glitch Leads To Major Criticism Of Michelle Rhee's Signature Initiative

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

The evaluations of 44 Washington public school teachers -- out of 4,000 -- were compromised by an outside contractor, an email from a D.C. official to...

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.

The Principles That Unite Us

John Thompson | Posted 02.10.2014 | Education
John Thompson

The time is right for educators to reintroduce our old-fashioned, sensible, evidence-based approach to school improvement. "The Principles that Unite Us" presents a balanced game plan for communities and labor to unite for educational and social justice.

Joy Resmovits

Teachers Union Dropping $1.2 Million On New Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The American Federation of Teachers union is unveiling a seven-figure advertisement campaign ahead of Dec. 9, a day that the group has billed as a "na...

(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.

A Call to Teach

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Elisa Villanueva Beard

We don't just need more teachers. We need excellent teachers, and we need diverse teachers.

Redefining and Rebuilding the Teachers' Union

Alan Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

I am pro-public education, pro-teacher, pro-student, and pro-union, but while their interests often overlap, they do not always, and when they do not I favor the students.

Dave Jamieson

White House: No Bailout For Detroit

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Public workers and residents in Detroit shouldn't expect their city to be bailed out by the federal government. But during a meeting at ...

Will Common Core Force Charters to Go Back to Their Roots?

John Thompson | Posted 10.21.2013 | New York
John Thompson

Now is the time for charter advocates to go back to their roots and remember that schooling is an act of love - not a competition or a war on unions and educators who believe differently.

Joy Resmovits

Teachers Union Fights Boring Algebra II

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

As high school students trickle into a classroom, they're greeted by their teacher, as usual. Except this time, he welcomes them by speaking into a bu...