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Teachers Unions

The $6.8 Billion Question: Who Should Control School Funding?

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
Ama Nyamekye

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.

The Recent Supreme Court Decision Gives Even More Power to the Wealthy

David Lyell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Education
David Lyell

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.

Every Kid Deserves a Dick Vander Woude

Doug Bradley | Posted 04.03.2014 | Education
Doug Bradley

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.

Stand Tall, John King

TNTP | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
TNTP

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.

Can Our Union and District Get Along?

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 03.28.2014 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

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.

It's About Time: Promising Efforts to Improve Our Schools With Right Amount of Time

Harriet Sanford | Posted 03.06.2014 | Education
Harriet Sanford

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.

A Powerful Vision for NEA Teach Plus Fellows

Teach Plus | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Rob Powers We've all heard the old adage: sometimes the simplest explanation is the correct one. In other words, we can create a complicated hyp...

NEA Teachers Stand Proudly with Teach Plus

Teach Plus | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Emilie Hill I am proud to be one of the 53 NEA members working with Teach Plus as a "Future of the Teaching Profession" Fellow. Teach Plus regu...

We Need a Course Correction on Common Core

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 02.20.2014 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

NEA members have a right to feel frustrated, upset, and angry about the poor commitment to implementing the standards correctly. So, where do we go from here?

Oregon Teachers Go On Strike

AP | STEVEN DUBOIS | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than 13,000 students were out of school Thursday —and likely will remain so through Monday— after teachers in souther...

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.

Teachers Evaluate Their Evaluations and Evaluators

Alan Singer | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The positions taken by NYSUT represent a major new development in the nationwide battle over Common Core, high-stakes testing, Race to the Top, and newly mandated teacher evaluation systems.

Joy Resmovits

Bloomberg Wasn't On Any Ballot, But Here's How He Affected Elections Nationwide

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Though his name wasn't on a ballot Tuesday, perhaps the most influential figure on education issues during the election cycle was New York...

Why Students Benefit When Grown-ups Collaborate for Race to the Top

Sabina Bharwani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sabina Bharwani

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.

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.

Violence Breaks Out Between Rio De Janeiro Teachers And Police

AP | Posted 10.02.2013 | Latino Voices

RIO DE JANEIRO -- RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Clashes broke out in Rio de Janeiro's busy downtown business district Tuesday as police skirmished with stri...

Will the Real Education Reformer Please Stand Up?

Jessica Levin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Jessica Levin

Ever pragmatists, this generation has been willing to consider any approach -- public, private, for-profit -- if it might dramatically improve the life outcomes of poor and minority children.

Unions: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Michele Masterfano | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Michele Masterfano

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.

Davis Guggenheim Gets Schooled

Jane Williams | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Jane Williams

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.'"

Broken Education, Flawless Health Care: A Republican Fallacy

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Dale Hansen

While Republicans seem willing to make drastic changes to education using the power of the government, they apparently feel differently regarding our supposedly broken health care system.

The Teacher With A $4 Million Salary

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.08.2013 | World

A teacher that makes $4 million a year? Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore. The Wall Street Journal recently chronicled the story of one South Kor...

A Time to Strike

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Adam Kirk Edgerton

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.

Prop. 32 Ghost Looms Over Lawsuit Against Teachers Union

Frying Pan News | Gary Cohn | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

The following story was reported by Frying Pan News as part of its California Exposé investigative series, and published here in collaboration with...

Why Teachers Are Afraid

David Chura | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
David Chura

In such an atmosphere of distrust, powerlessness, and alienation from what should be a culture of collegiality and collaboration, what choices do teachers have but to hunker down and try to survive?