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CTA Fires Back at Staff Union

The California Teachers Association is in the midst of negotiating new contracts with its own employees, who are represented by two staff unions. The California Staff Organization has been holding pickets and rallies at CTA and NEA events to draw attention to what the staffers say are unreasonable demands by CTA management. Show More Summary

NEA Continues Support for Charter Schools

NEA Continues Support for Charter Schools by Jim Horn Every year American public school educators send approximately a billion and a half dollars to the National Education Association and over half that amount to the American Federation of Teachers. Show More Summary

Local Control

Jo Ann Fujioka abruptly withdrew her candidacy for a seat on the Denver Public Schools board due to a loss of union support. Fujioka’s platform seems to be right out the union playbook. She opposes school closures, new charter schools, and Betsy DeVos. She wanted to run on a three-member slate in order to coordinate … Continue reading "Local Control"

Losing Streak

From today’s Las Vegas Review-Journal about the Clark County Education Association’s troubled health trust: A legal battle is unfolding between the Teachers Health Trust and four ex-executives who claim to have witnessed questionable financial dealings by union representatives charged with overseeing the insurance provider. Show More Summary

Many Are Left Out of Teacher Union Decision-Making

I’m often asked why teacher unions skew so heavily towards the Democratic Party. This isn’t a mystery. Liberals are more active in the union, and though 12 years have passed since I wrote The NEA Pyramid, I believe it is still true that the larger a teacher union is, the more likely its leaders are … Continue reading "Many Are Left Out of Teacher Union Decision-Making"

ESSA Goes After NY Community High Schools

There are 51 of them in New York City, and they serve transfer students whose circumstances made it impossible to work through a regular high school. Students receive counseling, career guidance, and other social services that allow students to actually learn while finish high school at a decelerated pace. Show More Summary

Digital Classrooms As Data Factories

from Wrench in the GearsJuly 16, 2017 My goal for this series is to make it clear that the “Future Ready” changes we’re seeing in today’s classrooms stem from the drive to create a speculative market in education data linked to social impact investing, Pay for Success, and Social Impact Bonds. Show More Summary

CTA Employees Say Union Is “Heading Down a Path of No Return”

Members of the California Staff Organization, the union of professionals who work for the California Teachers Association, held an informational picket at the National Education Association Representative Assembly in Boston last week. Show More Summary

Smart Cities and Social Impact Bonds: Public Education's Hostile Takeover Part II

from Wrench in the GearsJuly 13, 2017 The Ed Reform 2.0 push to atomize knowledge into bits and pieces for validation by badges and micro-credentials has me very worried. It’s not what I want for my child, for other people’s children or for future generations. Show More Summary

News Flash: Exclusivity Is a Benefit to Unions

The US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that Wisconsin’s right-to-work law is constitutional. The court referenced its own 2014 Sweeney decision, which was an unsuccessful challenge to Indiana’s right-to-work law. There is...Show More Summary

Getting Personal with Michael Horn in Indy

By Doug Martin “In 15 years from now, half of US universities may be in bankruptcy. In the end I’m excited to see that happen. So pray for Harvard Business School if you wouldn’t mind.” Clayton Christensen (2013) “ Thank God for Clayton...Show More Summary

It’s Popcorn Time in Vegas

The ill will between the Nevada State Education Association and its largest local, the Clark County Education Association, has gotten so bad that NEA headquarters is weighing in. You can get the entire backstory here, but let’s just clip a few bits from this Las Vegas Sun story and the comments accompanying it from union … Continue reading "It’s Popcorn Time in Vegas"

Site News: New Home for Education News & Commentary

Quick! Get over there! The daily education news roundup and education commentaries that you're probably looking for are now being published over at The Grade, my two year-old education news and media project. You can find and bookmark...Show More Summary

NEA’s New Charter School Policy Isn’t New

Delegates to the National Education Association Representative Assembly approved a new policy statement on charter schools last week. The new policy’s language is significantly more hostile to charters than the 2001 policy it supersedes. Show More Summary

Almost Done In – West Virginia

On the pages of, teacher Michael Mochaidean provides a cogent analysis of the deficiencies of the West Virginia Education Association. He reports on the remarks of WVEA president Dale Lee and executive director David Haney at the union’s delegate assembly last May. Show More Summary

Billionaire Fave, Matchbook Learning, Coming to Indy

By Doug Martin Along with several other outside people and groups, Matchbook Learning’s Sajan George and his chief school officer, Amy Swann, have been picked as 2017 fellows for the Mind Trust Innovation Schools program. IPS’ supt.Show More Summary

KIPP Houston Forces Parents to Pay $2.3 Million in Unallowable Fees

While the KIPP Foundation has hundreds of millions of dollars in banks and investments, KIPP's individual schools are forced to send the Foundation $30,000 per year for using the KIPP name. Where does the fee collecting stop? With the...Show More Summary

The 2017 NEA Convention Is Over; Let’s Get Ready For 2018!

Delegates submitted six constitutional amendments for debate and secret ballot vote at the 2018 NEA Representative Assembly in Minneapolis. Three of these are worth noting. One would change the frequency of the RA from annual to biennial. Show More Summary

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