At the end of the day, budget decisions are policy decisions. The Local Control Funding Formula can be an opportunity for both the district and union to put real dollars into the promises we've made to our children and our community.
Teaching is a thankless job. And though the voices of the working class are often already ignored by management, astonishingly, it could get worse with the recent ruling that caps on political contributions are unconstitutional.
A dear friend of mine, Dick Vander Woude, passed away recently and his death has been haunting me not just because of its suddenness and serendipity but because it puts an exclamation point on the end of an era of truly top-quality education in Wisconsin.
To understand, you need to know John King. He does not see himself as an appointed official navigating the notorious politics of Albany. He still sees himself as a boy whose life was changed -- and possibly saved -- by great public schools.
With a range of hard-hitting issues on the table -- like common core, compensation, and school funding -- it is critical that we have productive debate, deliberation and collaboration around how these reforms can be implemented in our schools.
We all know that the time educators spend in the classroom is just the tip of the iceberg. Grading papers, working with students before and after the bell rings, staff meetings and parent conferences -- these all add to the school day in ways that are rarely tallied.
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.
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.
This dispute in New Jersey between the district and union falls in line with a national trend. Perhaps the most effective resolution is for the Obama administration to require unions to collaborate and remain active stakeholders in the full proposal process.
I firmly believe that unions can be a good thing, a strong counterbalance to the forces that drive companies to wring every last dollar out of every single transaction, whether with their customer or their employee. But that's not the whole story, so let's run through it.
The Waiting for Superman director discusses what it takes to be an effective teacher today and his hopes for his children. "It would be the happiest day of my life," says Guggenheim, "if my son or daughter came to me and said, 'Dad, I want to be a teacher.'"
The working conditions for teachers in North Carolina have become untenable. On Facebook and Twitter, I am inundated with updates from my home state, pleas from fellow North Carolina Teaching Fellow alumni about their bottom-of-the-barrel pay and their worthless Master's degrees.