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  • Our Schools Need Competition Now

    08/30/2006 8:18:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies · 570+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 30, 2006 | John Stossel
    This week's back-to-school ads offer amazing bargains on lightweight backpacks and nifty school supplies. All those businesses scramble to offer us good stuff at low prices. It's amazing what competition does for consumers. The power to say no to one business and yes to another is awesome. Too bad we don't apply that idea to schools themselves. Education bureaucrats and teachers unions are against it. They insist they must dictate where kids go to school, what they study, and when. When I went on TV to say that it's a myth that a government monopoly can educate kids effectively, hundreds...
  • Students Rush to Block Exit Exam

    05/26/2006 11:31:53 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 44 replies · 1,128+ views
    News10 ^ | 5/26/06 | Mikey_1962
    Attorneys for a group of students who sued the state to suspend the high school exit exam have filed an emergency request with a state appeals court. They want the court to urgently hear their claims the test should be suspended for this year's graduating class. On Wednesday, the state Supreme Court stayed a lower court's injunction that had barred the exam from taking effect for the Class of 2006. It meant the exam would be a requirement for seniors to graduate. The students and their parents argued that the exam is discriminatory because all California students do not have...
  • Fair Public Schools?

    04/14/2006 8:22:37 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 6 replies · 417+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 14, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Educators who oppose standardized testing and vouchers claim to have the best interests of students at heart but it is a claim worth examining. “The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has promoted high-stakes testing for school accountability,” Monty Neill of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing writes. “Its claim was that without ‘accountability,’ the public will abandon public education, and that the use of standards and tests would lead to educational improvement.” “This was never a good argument, though it appeared to address the justifiable anger directed by racial minorities and low-income communities against second-class educational opportunities.” Fair...
  • Union-Made Miseducation

    04/13/2006 8:31:07 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 6 replies · 458+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 13, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Although they still claim to be the last best hope for public education, the influence of teachers’ unions has wanted so much that criticism of the association’s and federations has spread beyond conservative and Republican groups to the school boards and superintendents that they once made and broke. “There is a teacher I have hired and I don’t know if he’s with us on our team,” Baltimore Talent Development High School principal Jeffrey Robinson said at a recent meeting at the National Academies of Science. “I know the unions have their rules and something must be done about the unions.”...
  • What type of organization is "Americans for Fair Taxation"?

    01/20/2006 2:07:19 PM PST · by pigdog · 169 replies · 1,316+ views
    Ways and Means Committee Hearings - October 2004 ^ | October 2004 | Nonpartisan Body of Volunteers and Researchers Affiliated with
    Growing Endorsements of the Bipartisan FairTax Plan Scare Defenders of the Income Tax. AFFT is an ever-expanding grassroots citizen’s organization of nearly 600,000 – the largest taxpayer group ever assembled in the history of our Nation. We resent the staff’s implication that our organization is either Democrat or Republican. Our ranks have been formed by taxpayers of every walk of life. We are Republicans, but we are also Democrats and Independents. We are the young and the old. The retired and the college student. The poor and the rich. Immigrant and 5th generation. We are fiercely nonpartisan. And we resent...
  • NOT A CHILDREN'S UNION

    08/27/2005 10:08:17 PM PDT · by Coleus · 18 replies · 593+ views
    NY Post ^ | 08.26.05 | RYAN SAGER
    THE United Federation of Teachers has a new Web site that every parent of a New York City public-school student should read: EdWize.org. There could hardly be a more telling illustration of just what the union is all about: Teachers first, kids last — if at all. The blog (Web log) features posts by UFT staff. The very first post, dated Aug. 19, blasts Mayor Bloomberg for failing to agree to a "contract with a substantial raise for teachers" before the start of the school year. OK, no surprise there. What's amazing is that, in the blog's first week (as...
  • Teachers' Unions Join Campaign to Demonize Wal-Mart (Barf Alert)

    08/10/2005 10:55:25 AM PDT · by yoe · 121 replies · 1,691+ views
    CNS News ^ | August 10, 2005 | Susan Jones
    The nation's two largest teachers' unions are joining the anti-Wal-Mart campaign, urging Americans to buy their back-to-school supplies somewhere else. At various press conferences around the nation on Wednesday, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers will join other union officials in a campaign called "Send Wal-Mart Back to School." It's part of the "Wake Up Wal-Mart" project, a union-inspired effort to pressure the large and profitable company that does not welcome union labor -- and promises "always -- low prices." (Wake Up Wal-Mart is a project of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.) Critics have...
  • American Federation of Teachers: Statement on Bush & Intelligent Design

    08/05/2005 5:22:08 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 177 replies · 2,179+ views
    American Federation of Teachers via WebWire ^ | 05 August 2005 | Antonia Cortese
    The following is a statement by Antonia Cortese, executive vice president, American Federation of Teachers, on President Bush’s Comments that ’Intelligent Design’ should be taught in the nation’s science classrooms: President Bush’s misinformed comments on "intelligent design" signal a huge step backward for science education in the United States. The president’s endorsement of such a discredited, nonscientific view is akin to suggesting that students be taught the "alternative theory" that the earth is flat or that the sun revolves around the earth. Intelligent design does not belong in the science classroom because it is not science. By backing concepts that...
  • Putting Their Money Where Their Mouth Is... NOT

    09/22/2004 11:22:04 AM PDT · by LarkNeelie · 2 replies · 342+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept 22, 2004 | George Archibald
    From a WASHINGTON TIMES article, we discover more hypocrisy from the NEA and AFT - the two significant teachers’ unions in America and rabid detractors of public school accountability. Recent reports show that the percentage of public school teachers who send their children to private school is far greater than the percentage of the general population, which is only about 12% overall (based on 2000 census figures). Washington DC, 28% Baltimore, 35% Philadelphia, 44% Cincinnati, 41% Chicago, 39% Rochester, N.Y., 38%. San Francisco-Oakland area, 34% New York City, 33% New Jersey suburbs, 33% Milwaukee, 29% New Orleans, 29% According to...
  • Striking teachers carry long tradition

    09/17/2004 6:19:13 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 8 replies · 516+ views
    Scranton Times-Tribune ^ | 9/17/2004 | Lauren Roth
    When the American Federation of Teachers first unionized in 1916 to fight for better working conditions, a group of Scranton educators played a founding role. Teachers in Chicago laid the foundation for the national group and were bolstered by colleagues in Scranton, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Gary, Ind. Eighty-eight years later, Northeastern Pennsylvania is again at the forefront of labor unrest in education. But the AFT has slipped into the background. Striking Abington Heights and Old Forge teachers are part of the National Education Association, a 147-year-old organization that didn't advocate strikes until the late 1960s. "The Federation...
  • Kerry Promises Teachers Big Spending

    07/16/2004 5:34:42 AM PDT · by GailA · 33 replies · 1,099+ views
    AP ^ | 7/16/04 | BEN FELLER
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/K/KERRY_TEACHERS?SITE=TNMEM&SECTION=US Jul 16, 7:51 AM EDT Kerry Promises Teachers Big Spending By BEN FELLER AP Education Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrat John Kerry is giving teachers a promise he claims President Bush has left behind: to put as much money behind the nation's education reforms as allowed under law. "No broken promises on funding, and no more empty rhetoric on reform," Kerry said in prepared remarks to the American Federation of Teachers. "As president, I will meet our responsibilities. We're going to get this done right because we know that empty rhetoric and empty promises lead to empty dreams, and...
  • A Teachers Union Puts New Approach To Test in Fairfax

    06/30/2004 1:03:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies · 243+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 30, 2004 | S. Mitra Kalita
    ...........For as long as anyone can remember, the groups have not gotten along very well. In Fairfax, the federation tends to back Republican candidates, while the association generally endorses Democrats. While the federation has advocated phonics-based reading instruction, the association has stressed combining a whole-language approach with phonics. The federation has favored math textbooks that emphasize drill; the association has supported books filled with word problems. "There has been very little relationship," said Barbara Allen, president of the Fairfax Education Association. "The philosophical views of the FEA leadership and the federation have been diametrically opposed. It's never been a good...
  • Sandi Patty to run for School Board in Anderson, Indiana

    02/22/2004 6:55:16 PM PST · by Bobby Chang · 20 replies · 865+ views
    The Indianapolis Star ^ | February 20, 2004 | The Associated Press
    <p>ANDERSON, IND. -- Sandi Patty has made it big in music. Now she hopes to start small in politics.</p> <p>The gospel singer filed papers Thursday expressing intent to run for a seat on the Anderson Community Schools board. In the May 4 election, the 47-year-old will challenge Brian K. Kohles and incumbent Keith Millikan.</p>
  • American Federation of Teachers Endorses Sen. John Kerry for President

    02/04/2004 8:22:45 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 11 replies · 201+ views
    American Federation of Teachers Endorses Sen. John Kerry for President 2/4/04 11:03:00 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk, Politics Reporter Contact: Alex Wohl of the American Federation of Teachers, 202-879-4458 or awohl@aft.org WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Executive Council of the American Federation of Teachers on behalf of its 1.3 million members today endorsed Sen. John Kerry for the Democratic nomination for President, saying that his vision and record offer leadership that will enable all citizens to achieve the American dream and keep our nation strong and secure. "Senator John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran, has demonstrated through...
  • American Federation of Teachers Statement on Funding for D.C. School Vouchers

    01/22/2004 4:23:30 PM PST · by chance33_98 · 11 replies · 201+ views
    American Federation of Teachers Statement on Funding for D.C. School Vouchers 1/22/04 3:43:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk, Education Reporter Contact: Celia Lose of the American Federation of Teachers, 202-393-6356, close@aft.org WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following is a statement of Sandra Feldman, president of the American Federation of Teachers, on Funding for D.C. School Vouchers: "The political maneuvering and strong-arm tactics it took to bring private school vouchers to the District of Columbia are proof that voucher supporters' political goals take priority over students' real needs. Voucher advocates were able to find $14 million for vouchers for...
  • After the Voucher Wars, Poor School Kids in Cleveland Now Have A Chance

    01/06/2004 10:08:14 AM PST · by rdb3 · 9 replies · 148+ views
    The Black Conservative ^ | December 25, 2K3 | Dutch Martin
    After the Voucher Wars,  Poor School Kids in Cleveland Now Have A Chance   by Dutch Martin A New Visions Commentary paper published December 2003 by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 777 North Capitol Street NE #803, Washington, D.C. 20002, 202/371-1400, Fax 202/408-7773, E-Mail Project21@nationalcenter.org, Web http://www.project21.org. Reprints permitted provided source is credited. As a product of Cleveland's public school system, I can attest to its dismal state. To say that poor, inner-city students in Cleveland were not receiving a quality education would be like saying Michael Jordan is good at basketball.  The school district couldn't meet any...
  • Literacy is Pitched but Some Schools Balk

    10/07/2003 8:51:28 AM PDT · by The Rant · 10 replies · 237+ views
    The Washington Dispatch ^ | October 7, 2003 | Frank Salvato
    As First Lady Laura Bush arrived in Paris on the first leg of her tour abroad to champion literacy in adults and children everywhere I would have to guess she would’ve been quite disheartened to find out that in some school districts right here in the United States the idea of a profound literacy program is getting liberal lip-service. In many school districts the idea of instituting and maintaining a solid and comprehensive literacy program seems to butt up against the liberal socio-political idea that self-esteem and having the children enjoy their learning experience is more important than requiring them...
  • Democrats defend Bush school reform

    09/22/2003 10:52:33 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 206+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, September 23, 2003 | By George Archibald
    <p>The top Democrat on the House education panel has condemned the continuing efforts of many of his fellow party members and the National Education Association to water down school reform provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.</p> <p>In a letter to fellow House members last week, California Rep. George Miller said critics have spread "misleading or outright inaccurate information" about federal requirements to improve student achievement.</p>
  • GAY ACTIVISTS DEFEND ANTI-GAY SUPREME COURT CASE & The Joys of Being Private: Ex-Gays Keep Out

    09/01/2003 9:41:23 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 491+ views
    PFOX ^ | 09.0.03 | Dr. Warren Throckmorton
    GAY ACTIVISTS DEFEND ANTI-GAY SUPREME COURT CASE: [From] Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DCPO Box 75265Washington, DC 20013202-667-5139www.glaa.orgequal@glaa.org August 12, 2003 [To] Kenneth SaundersActing DirectorOffice of Human Rights441 4th Street, NWWashington, DC 20001 Dear: Mr. Saunders: We have learned through news reports that Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) has filed a complaint with the Office of Human Rights alleging discrimination by the National Education Association (NEA). According to the reports PFOX has been denied the opportunity to set up booths at NEA's last two annual conventions. Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC (GLAA)...
  • American Federation of Teachers Statement on Poll on the Public's Attitudes Toward Public Schools

    08/20/2003 7:22:19 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 9 replies · 201+ views
    American Federation of Teachers Statement on Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll on the Public's Attitudes Toward Public Schools 8/20/03 9:44:00 AM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk, Education Reporter Contact: Janet Bass of the American Federation of Teachers, 202-879-4554, jbass@aft.org WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following is a statement by American Federation of Teachers President Sandra Feldman on a Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll on the public's attitudes toward public schools: This is the latest in a string of public opinion polls to find overwhelming support for the public schools and for providing assistance to children in low-performing schools as opposed to...