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Union Pension Battle Looks a Little Different on the Other Coast

I’ve spent a lot of time on the problems with the NYSUT pension fund. The California Teachers Association is on the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to overall financial health. CTA is loaded, but it still has some issues with staff retirement costs. Show More Summary

NYSUT Can’t Keep Its Stories Straight

Last week’s story on the faulty finances of New York State United Teachers is causing a ruckus, and it nudged me to examine a different aspect of the story: the timeline. One would expect NYSUT to put the best face possible on its situation, but the jumping from one extreme to the other and the … Continue reading "NYSUT Can’t Keep Its Stories Straight"

We change the world by showing up. I went to Seattle and got a video on Ed Reform 2.0/Learning Ecosystems to share.

by Alison McDowellPosted on Wrench in the GearsMarch 27, 2017 This weekend I relished the opportunity to meet up with some wonderful activists with whom I have been collaborating online for many months. Virtual worlds provide usefulShow More Summary

AM News: Obama Reg Rollback, Schools Collecting Citizenship Data, & DC Girls' Effort

Trump strikes down teacher, school regulations | TheHill ow.ly/XnRg30akfGR Trump signs four bills rolling back Obama-era rules social.newsinc.com/media/json/690… Trump signs bills overturning Obama-era education regulations washingtonpost.com/news/education… D.C. Show More Summary

AM News: Spring Testing Season, Teachers For Trump, Immigrant Students, & More

To test or not to test? That’s the question families face as students head into state exams this week chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/… Annual State Tests, With Annual Controversy, Begin This Week wnyc.org/story/annual-s… Liberals, Conservatives...Show More Summary

Syracuse Teachers Association President Impeached

The Syracuse Teachers Association representative assembly impeached president Karen Fruscello on Wednesday. Details of the proceeding were not released. According to published reports, Fruscello’s main transgression was ordering an audit...Show More Summary

AM News: Trump Divides Advocates, DeVos Visits MD School, NYC Charter Sues Union

1 Trump School Choice Proposals Drive Wedge Between Charter School Advocates | Best States | US News ow.ly/4pCr30adAs3 2 Larry Hogan, Betsy DeVos Encounter Protesters During Bethesda School Visit patch.com/maryland/bethe… 3 Maryland high school thrust into immigration debate - KTAR.com ow.ly/sKCN30adAyh 4 KIPP v. Show More Summary

Golly Gee Gorsuch, Judicial Ken Doll

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AM News: Special Ed Decision, School Suspensions, International Comparisons, & More

1 Supreme Court Rejects Education Minimum Applied by Gorsuch nytimes.com/2017/03/22/us/… 2 Trump administration's delay of rule to regulate career-training programs sparks protest washingtonpost.com/news/grade-poi… 3 School Suspensions...Show More Summary

NEA “Sequesters” $10 Million For Use in State Battles

Each active member of the National Education Association contributes $20 annually to the union’s special funds. Twelve dollars of this is deposited in the Ballot Measures/Legislative Crises Fund, which is used to support the union agenda at the state level. Show More Summary

KIPP Sues to Protect Sweatshop Teaching Conditions

KIPP, Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit to block further implementation of a union contract at a South Bronx KIPP school that KIPP has summarily ignored. Here's the list of contract violations cited in a November 2016 letter to KIPP.Show More Summary

AM News: School Immigration Debate, Learning Myths, Student Data

1 Ex-teacher charged with child sex abuse was subject of previous D.C. investigation washingtonpost.com/local/educatio… 2 Boston's public schools have adopted a new, more accurate world map pri.org/stories/2017-0… 3 You Probably Believe...Show More Summary

Mulgrew Denies Everything

Three weeks ago I wrote a detailed column on the finances of New York State United Teachers and its New York City affiliate, the United Federation of Teachers. Of all the sentences in that column, this one above all others seems to have struck a nerve: UFT owes NYSUT almost $11 million for back dues, … Continue reading "Mulgrew Denies Everything"

AM News: DeVos At CCSSO, Choice In Iowa, LAUSD Funding, & More

1 School Choice Fight in Iowa May Preview the One Facing Trump nytimes.com/2017/03/21/us/ 2 Elizabeth Warren questions the hiring of for-profit-college officials at the Education Department washingtonpost.com/news/grade-poi… 3 AfterShow More Summary

New Delaware State Education Association President Was Struggling Blogger

The recent election for president of the Delaware State Education Association was unusual in a couple of ways. First, DSEA is one of the few NEA state affiliates that holds a rank-and-file vote for its executive officers, and second,...Show More Summary

"Don't take any pictures and don't tweet this out. . ."

NEA VP, Becky Pringle, helped wrap things up and put a sweet bow on them at the 2015 International Association of K-12 Online Learning conference that outlined Silicon Valley's dystopian future for school kids. In an era when young adults...Show More Summary

AM News: DeVos Meets State Chiefs, KY Approves Charters, KIPP Sues UFT, & More

1 State education officials, DeVos to discuss school choice, vouchers | Local News | clintonherald.com ow.ly/nVgB30a4is5 2 After Heated Partisan Battle, Kentucky is 44th State to Pass Charter Law | The 74 ow.ly/ChQH30a4iEW 3 Colorado...Show More Summary

NEA and AFT among Leaders of Blended/Personalized Learning

If you have been wondering why NPE, FairTest, BATs, Diane Ravitch's Basecamp, etc. have had almost nothing negative to say about the brave new world of competency-based, personalized blended learning, then you might want to sit down for a moment and follow the links below. Show More Summary

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