NEA: No Position on War. The National Education Association told its officers and staff to make it clear that the union has no position on the war in Iraq. Treading lightly after a public relations fiasco with its 9/11 anniversary web...Show More Summary
EIA Invites Illinois Members to Eliminate the Middleman. Someone thought I would find the February 14 issue of the IEA Insider interesting, and indeed, I did. The Insider is a weekly, members-only publication of the Illinois Education...Show More Summary
AFT Executive Council Supports U.S. Action to Disarm Iraq. In a noteworthy display of contrariness, the American Federation of Teachers Executive Council passed a resolution supporting U.S. and international efforts to disarm Iraq. The...Show More Summary
I’ll be away for a week, so this space will contain some noteworthy stories from the EIA vault. See you back here with new material on August 28.
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The National Center for Education Statistics released Characteristics of Public Elementary and Secondary School Teachers in the United States: Results From the 2015-16 National Teacher and Principal Survey, which is a long title for a relatively short report filled with useful stats on school staffing. Show More Summary
Ravitch then asks: Now, I ask you, what part of these five recommendations suggests that the NAACP is wrong? That it was doing the bidding of teachers’ unions?" The second part of your question I will answer with a question: Does anyone...Show More Summary
Rachel M. Cohen has written a piece in The American Prospect titled “Under Trump, Liberals Rediscover School Segregation” that almost seems designed to rile both sides of the education policy debate. These kinds of articles always get...Show More Summary
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The Oregon Attorney General ruled unconstitutional a tax increase initiative from the Oregon Education Association. The proposed ballot measure comes on the heels of OEA’s failed Measure 97 campaign of 2016. The initiative would have...Show More Summary
This Salon interview with American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten reads like a parody of a Salon interview, but it’s especially pungent because of this quote: I do not believe that people are inherently bigoted in the United States of America. Show More Summary
by Doug Martin As the Muncie, Indiana, privatized school bus fiasco deepens, parents protest at bus stops, kids get lost on buses on the way home, 911 calls are made, buses never show up or are late, school gets cancelled for days because...Show More Summary
The Massachusetts Teachers Association is looking to hire nine temporary organizers to recruit “member leaders” in advance of the possible loss of agency fee next year. Those member leaders will then conduct four one-on-one conversations...Show More Summary
As journo-author of numerous pieces in her series, "Educational History for Dummies Who Want to Remain That Way," Dana Goldstein has another gem of a piece in the New York Times, where she regularly brings to light the corporate education...Show More Summary
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There appears to be some real confusion among what may be well-intentioned folks about what the NEA resolution on charter schools actually says about a moratorium. Here is the only mention of a moratorium in the document:Unless bothShow More Summary
Angela Duckworth and her "academic" mentor Martin Seligman helped develop torture models that the CIA uses in places like Iraq. The very same elements of these torture models were taken from Duckworth et al. to establish the horrific "no excuses" policies of corporate charter school chains like KIPP. Show More Summary
There are aspects of this story from Mobile, Alabama, that seem vaguely familiar to me.
Employees of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association set up an informational picket Saturday outside of a union event attended by American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten. The Pinellas Staff Organization is in the midst of contract negotiations with PCTA management. Show More Summary
from Wrench in the GearsJuly 28, 2017A growing number of metropolitan areas are being shaped by “Smart” City policies. Bloomberg Philanthropy’s “What Works Cities” aims to bring these programs to mid-size cities as well. Even in communities...Show More Summary