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Teacher Unions

The Unintentional (or Intentional) Downsourcing of Teaching

Tony Zini | Posted 02.18.2014 | 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.

California's Missed Opportunity to Reform Teacher Evaluation

John Affeldt | Posted 12.08.2012 | Education
John Affeldt

AB 5 was not perfect, but for the community groups and advocates who supported it, its demise represents the loss of a much-needed reform of the state's teacher evaluation system.

Mitt Romney Mentions, Ever So Briefly, The Teachers Unions

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics

FAIRFAX, Va. -- It was just one line. But Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney touched, ever so briefly, on the contentious issue of teacher...

DougCo School District To Say Goodbye To Teachers' Union?

Posted 08.25.2012 | Denver

Things could not be more tense between the Douglas County School Board and the district teachers' union. After the union and district failed to reach ...

Our Accidental Creation of a Charter School

Joe and Carol Reich | Posted 10.23.2012 | Education
Joe and Carol Reich

With the 2013 mayoral election in New York likely to produce a Democratic mayor supported by the teachers' union, education reform seems likely to join other major political disagreements in current U.S. politics, where the extremists dominate the debate and moderates have no forum.

Joy Resmovits

Bigger Classes Preferred Over Randomly Chosen Teachers, Survey Claims

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.02.2012 | Education

As school districts suffer from increasing costs and not enough cash, only 11 percent of Americans are willing to pay more in taxes to fund communitie...

Race to the Top Round Three: Can We Avoid the Implementation Troubles of the First Two Rounds?

Allie Kimmel | Posted 09.14.2012 | Education
Allie Kimmel

Districts and unions can agree that personalizing learning is integral to improving our education system. Therefore, districts should not try to circumvent union power, but instead should include unions in the planning and application processes.

Why College Students Need to Support Their Professors

Ethan Miller | Posted 05.28.2012 | College
Ethan Miller

So what causes professors who have advanced degrees to be paid poverty wages while students go into thousands of dollars of debt to pay for school? A lot of this comes from the increasing corporatization of colleges and universities, a trend that was started in the late 20th century and has continued since.

Buffalo, New York Teachers Get Free Plastic Surgery

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 02.29.2012 | Education

As 3 percent of New York teachers -- which translates to more than 7,000 teachers -- fell prey to layoffs this year, around 3,400 teachers in Buffalo,...

Ending Bad Teaching: Releasing Teachers' Test Scores Is a Red Herring

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 04.27.2012 | Education
Rebecca Joseph

During my six years of teaching middle school in a major urban school system, I never worked with a consistent team of teachers that provided high quality instruction all year long.

SFC & SB 130: "Innovating" Around Teacher Voice?

Sabrina Stevens | Posted 03.11.2012 | Denver
Sabrina Stevens

It's a rare thing to meet a public school stakeholder who honestly believes politicians and corporate-funded lobbying groups should have more say over education than educators do. Yet that's exactly what's happening.

Where do teachers come from?

John Merrow | Posted 02.12.2012 | Education
John Merrow

Our teachers come from an elite group -- college graduates -- to begin with. Where they rank within this elite is the issue, and it's simply unfair to suggest that a large group of people in the top third is somehow fundamentally flawed.

Dealing With Disingenuous Teachers Unions: There are No Shortcuts

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 01.14.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

If we want to win the fight for the more immediate future, we're going to need to take on the unions directly, and take over the school boards.

Drug Test Proposal Inspires 8-Day Teacher Strike In Central Ill.

Posted 10.26.2011 | Chicago

Angered by a newly proposed random drug testing policy, the teachers union in the Illini Bluffs School District in the central Illinois town of Glasfo...

Let's "Save" What Matters Most: Students

Suzanne Tacheny Kubach | Posted 09.28.2011 | Education
Suzanne Tacheny Kubach

We "save" education by demanding our schools live up to their promise: to make a difference in the lives of every student who comes to their doors.

CPS Expected To Lay Off 1,000 Teachers This Week

Posted 08.27.2011 | Chicago

An estimated 1,000 teachers are expected to lose their job this week the Chicago Public School system struggles with a multi-million dollar budget def...