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  • Teacher‘s Union Offered Grant to Create ’Activists’ Out Of 1st & 2nd Graders

    10/27/2011 11:31:05 PM PDT · by Watchdog85 · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 27 October, 2011 | Tiffany Gabbay
    The National Education Association (NEA), the largest labor union in the country, offered a $5,000 Learning and Leadership Grant to two Wisconsin teachers who intended to use the funds to “help first and second grade students” become “activists.” The description of the grant for teachers Andrea Burmesch and Tara Krueger of Muskego Elementary read: Ms. Burmesch and a team of colleagues will develop a critical literacy inquiry based unit of study to help their first and second grade students understand the role that power plays in their lives. The teachers will learn how visual literacy and technology, particularly website and...
  • Ex-teachers union boss gets $242,000 state pension

    10/22/2011 11:04:19 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 23, 2011 | Ray Long
    SPRINGFIELD —— Reg Weaver receives a state pension of $242,657 a year, not because it's based on his last salary as a teacher, but because he gets to count the $300,000-plus check he made as president of the National Education Association.It's one of the highest pensions paid by the heavily indebted Illinois Teachers' Retirement System.Weaver, whose last salary as a south suburban teacher was $60,000, is one of 116 active and inactive members of the Teachers' Retirement System who can base their retirement income on their salaries and service in the National Education Association, the Illinois Education Association, the Illinois...
  • Statewide test results dismal for 11th-graders ( Illinois )

    10/20/2011 6:11:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Tribune ^ | October 20, 2011 | Diane Rado and Tara Malone
    About half of Illinois public high school students flunked state exams in reading, math and science this year, the worst performance in the history of the 11th-grade Prairie State Achievement Examination, statewide test results show. The record-low results, scheduled to be released Thursday, come after Illinois closed loopholes that kept academically weak juniors from taking the exams, a practice revealed in a 2009 Tribune analysis. Some local school officials attributed their declines in part to the larger testing pool that included less-prepared students. At the same time, grade schools posted the highest passing rate in a decade this year —...
  • AFL-CIO Announces Infrastructure Investments

    09/20/2011 5:28:40 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | Sep 20, 2011 | James Parks
    he AFL-CIO announced it has invested  more than $150 million in job-creating infrastructure projects and registered 8,000 more apprenticeships in clean energy training. During the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting in Chicago last June, the AFL-CIO outlined plans to work with member unions, pension funds, investment professionals and the government to invest at least $10 billion in job-creating infrastructure projects. The federation also committed to invest at least $20 million in specific energy retrofits over the next year, to retrofit our headquarters building, and to train tens of thousands of workers in the skills necessary to work on 21st century infrastructure.Here’s what has been...
  • Washington teachers defy orders and continue to strike

    09/15/2011 10:20:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 9/15/11 | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP
    Wash. teachers defy orders and continue to strikeBy DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP Associated Press Originally published Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 9:41 AM TACOMA, Wash. — As teachers in Washington state's third-largest school district defy a judge's order and continue to strike, negotiators for the schools, the teachers union and a state mediator will meet to restart contract talks. **SNIP** Pierce County Superior Court Judge Bryan Chushcoff also ordered both the union and the school district to return to collective bargaining as soon as possible. A bargaining session was scheduled for Thursday afternoon, Wood said. "I want you to all talk,...
  • Class Warfare, Pandering Dominate Phone Call Between Biden, Teachers Unions

    09/14/2011 9:00:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | September 14, 2011 | Kyle Olson
    Ridiculously false choices and rhetoric ruled the evening when the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers hosted a closed-media conference call with Vice President Joe Biden to inform their members about the latest government school and teachers’ union bailout. In a recording obtained exclusively by, Biden explained the administration is seeking to spend $30 billion to create a “Teacher Layoff Prevention Fund.”  He also said that many schools today are “deciding whether or not to heat the school or keep a teacher.” Like school stimuli-past, Biden said schools would not be able to bank the money,...
  • Obama's Jobs Bill Would Hit Munis (municipal bond tax deductions for "wealthy")

    09/13/2011 7:22:44 AM PDT · by maggief · 34 replies
    Barron's ^ | September 13, 2011 | RANDALL W. FORSYTH
    Municipal bonds have always been synonymous with tax-free income. That would end if President Obama gets his way. Under the jobs bill the President sent to Congress Monday, high-income individuals and families would no longer receive interest from state and municipal bonds free completely from federal income taxes, beginning in 2013. The legislation would also reduce the value of tax deductions for taxpayers in the highest bracket. Specifically, individuals earning over $200,000 and families earning over $250,000 would effectively have the value of tax breaks against the top 35% bracket lowered to the 28% bracket.
  • (Vanity) Educators and Management by Exception (with a nod to Niels Bohr)

    09/11/2011 10:42:03 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 9-12-2011 | grey_whiskers
    There has been a good deal of hand-wringing over the state of our nation's schools -- whether at the elementary, the secondary, or the University level. And instead of a circular firing squad so beloved of the Republican Party, those closest to the situation are involved in an almost unfathomable degree of both psychological projection and transferrence, coupled with a goodly measure of 1984-style groupthink, in which they chant in unison, "You can't blame us!" In a limited sense, this is true: in the cloud-cuckoo land of government largesse and union employment, punching the clock, obeying the party line, and...
  • Less Than 0.001 Percent of Tenured Teachers Fired Over Past Five Years

    09/07/2011 8:34:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/7/2011 | Jarrett Skorup
    Harbor Beach Community Schools paid one teacher tens of thousands of dollars to leave, despite the teacher getting caught kissing some students and head-locking one after being confronted for his behavior. Dearborn Public Schools paid four teachers a total of $197,353 to get rid of them after charges of sexual misconduct and possession of illegal substances on school grounds. Gladwin Community Schools has dished out about $40,000 thus far in a legal case against a kindergarten teacher arraigned on charges of furnishing alcohol for minors. These are a few of at least 156 tenure cases brought by Michigan public school...
  • The Unsustainable Cost of Local Pensions

    09/01/2011 2:23:22 PM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 9/1/11 | RiShawn Biddle
    You wouldn't think that Erie County, Pa., epitomizes the least visible yet most insidious aspect of the nation's pension crisis. With just 280,566 residents, the county is better known for its once-grand status as being the hub between the Rust Belt metropolises of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Buffalo, for the sandy Presque Island State Park, and for being the site of one of the few battles won by the Americans in the War of 1812. But these days, Erie County taxpayers are learning plenty about the high cost of pension and retiree healthcare deals struck over the past five decades by...
  • Only 4 Percent of NEA Dues Dollars Dedicated to Improve Teaching

    09/01/2011 6:55:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | September 1, 2011 | Kyle Olsen
    It looks like the National Education Association is not putting its money where its mouth is. In its mission statement, the nation’s largest teachers union asserts that “we will focus the energy and resources of our 3.2 million members on improving the quality of teaching, increasing student achievement and making schools safer, better places to learn.” But a secret union document reveals that the NEA’s commitment to “improv(ing) teaching and learning” works out to a paltry $7.44 per member every year. This is according to a document obtained from an internal source of the Indiana State Teachers Association, one of...
  • Secret Document: Only 4% of NEA Dues Dollars Dedicated to ‘Improve Teaching’

    08/31/2011 3:18:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/31/11 | Kyle Olson
    It looks like the National Education Association is not putting its money where its mouth is. In its mission statement, the nation’s largest teachers union asserts that “we will focus the energy and resources of our 3.2 million members on improving the quality of teaching, increasing student achievement and making schools safer, better places to learn.” But a secret union document reveals that the NEA’s commitment to “improv(ing) teaching and learning” works out to a paltry $7.44 per member every year. This is according to a document obtained from an internal source of the Indiana State Teachers Association, one of...
  • Stanford Professor Proves Big Labor Is Reason that Billions Fail to Fix Education

    08/22/2011 8:37:05 PM PDT · by TruthHound · 30 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/22/11 | Don Loos
    ***VIDEO AT LINK*** Dr. Moe: “If you stand up for kids, you have to oppose this [collective bargaining] Schools get organized by the adults on the basis of interests and concerns that have nothing to do with kids. So, why would you expect that system to work?” As students head back to school, it is a good time to reflect on why education is failing and continues to fail. Terry Moe, Chairman of the Political Science Department at Stanford, provides a dispassionate and extensively researched book, Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools, which should become a useful and...
  • NUGENT: NEA - master of disaster (Nuge nails it!)

    07/28/2011 6:41:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 28, 2011 | Ted Nugent
    Teacher cheating scandal is symptom of public schools’ failureIf the disturbing documentary “Waiting for Superman” didn’t convince you that a massive overhaul of the public education system is necessary, maybe the massive cheating scandal erupting in the Atlanta public school system will. First off, there is no argument that public education in America is a complete and total disaster. Our children routinely score at the bottom of the barrel in math, science and geography, while more than 50 percent of other children drop out of high school in some districts. It’s not that our children are dumb, but rather that...
  • Scandals in the Classroom (GA)

    07/27/2011 6:35:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies · 1+ views ^ | 26 July, 2011 | Phyllis Schlafly
    A national scandal hit the news when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal released a 413-page report describing how hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals had been cheating during the past 10 years on standardized tests in order to falsely report that their schools were doing a good job and the kids were improving. A total of 178 teachers and principals (38 were principals), 82 of whom have already confessed, had fraudulently raised test scores so their schools would meet test targets set by the district and thereby qualify for federal funds. The truth came out after a 10-month inquiry...
  • Every Issue Except Cheating Taken Up At NEA Convention

    07/25/2011 5:25:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 25, 2011 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY
    A national scandal hit the news when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal released a 413-page report describing how hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals had been cheating during the past 10 years on standardized tests in order to falsely report that their schools were doing a good job and the kids were improving. A total of 178 teachers and principals (38 were principals), 82 of whom have already confessed, had fraudulently raised test scores so their schools would meet test targets set by the district and thereby qualify for federal funds. The truth came out after a 10-month inquiry...
  • Obama's Ministers of Culture and Agitprop

    07/19/2011 10:20:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 7/19/11 | Michelle Malkin
    Immediately after President Obama took office, his Hollywood benefactors clamored for the creation of a "Secretary of Culture." Tinseltown was disappointed with the administration's crony arts czar choice (Chicago lawyer Kareem Dale), but left-wing artists and entertainers have now been mollified. Instead of one government-supported arts czar, the White House has designated an entire herd of them. On Tuesday, as part of Obama's "Winning the Future" initiative, the president designated members of the liberal activist group Creative Coalition as official "America's Champions of Change for the Arts." This is the latest in a series of "public engagement" efforts overseen by...
  • National Education Association Thanks Students for Raising PAC Funds

    07/13/2011 11:41:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | July 13, 2011 | Kyle Olsen
    At its recent convention, National Education Association Vice President Lily Eskelsen publicly thanked students for raising funds for the union political action committee, known as the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education. EAGtv provided a video with the comments: “We also want to recognize the great work of our student programs all year long they’ve been utilizing our member-to-member fundraising tool to raise money from students all over the country. Thank you retirees. Thank you students!” Aside from not being able to insert complete sentences into the teleprompter, Eskelsen is acknowledging that students helped raise money to elect...
  • Go figure

    07/12/2011 9:32:00 AM PDT · by Sopater
    WORLD ^ | July 11, 12:04 PM | Written by Janie B. Cheaney
    Earlier this month, the National Education Association held its annual convention in Chicago. This event—often livened up by the NEA’s passionate denouncements of merit pay, homeschooling, and Republicans—ripped a page from the headlines (well, old headlines) by bringing onstage six members of the “Wisconsin 14″ and awarding the group en masse its 2011 Friend of Education Award. The 14, you may recall, found fame in flight, hunkering down in an Illinois Super 8 motel to deny Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker a quorum for his bill that would limit collective bargaining for public service unions. “Not since the Kardashian sisters,” wrote...
  • Obama and the Teachers

    07/06/2011 8:53:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | July 6, 2011 | Bill Murchison
    A problem as big and many-faceted as the problem of the public schools couldn't possibly be the fault just of teachers -- or even of teacher unions. The National Education, even so, makes clear why teachers have lost so much of the devotion and respect they used to command from Americans. Namely, because unions such as the NEA put their politics over the principles one might hope they hold. Out of Chicago, where the NEA just rose from its annual convention, comes notification -- I didn't say news -- that the country's biggest teacher union is endorsing for president --...
  • Teachers' Union Endorses Obama Despite Hating His Policies (The NEA is dumber than a box of rocks)

    07/06/2011 6:07:19 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 41 replies
    abc ^ | 7/6/2011 | AMY BINGHAM
    President Obama seems to have a love-hate relationship with the nation's largest teacher's union. On Monday, the National Education Association endorsed Obama in 2012 -- long before his Republican opponent has even been selected. But the vote of confidence comes in spite of the fact that educators are less than thrilled with the president's efforts to reform education. Two days before endorsing the president, the NEA passed a resolution outlining 13 areas where the union adamantly disagrees with the policies of Obama's education secretary, Arne Duncan. The NEA letter states that educators are "appalled" by Duncan's emphasis on competitive grants,...
  • Dozens of Atlanta educators falsified tests, state report confirms

    07/05/2011 12:07:40 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 25 replies
    CNN (Communist News Network) ^ | Today | CNN Wired Staff
    Dozens of Atlanta public school educators falsified standardized tests or failed to address such misconduct in their schools, Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday in unveiling the results of a state investigation that confirmed widespread cheating in the city schools dating as far back as 2001. "I think the overall conclusion was that testing and results and targets being reached became more important than actual learning for children," Deal said. "And when reaching targets became the goal, it was a goal that was pursued with no excuses." Falsifying test results made the schools appear to be performing better than they really...
  • Major teachers union endorses Obama's re-election

    07/05/2011 8:11:17 AM PDT · by yoe · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 4, 2011 | Staff
    The nation's largest education union has endorsed President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. Members of the National Education Association voted to support Obama on Monday at their annual convention in Chicago. In a statement, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel says Obama and the union share a vision and members wanted early and strong support to help his election.
  • Nation's largest teachers union endorses Obama re-election

    07/04/2011 5:40:26 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies
    Nation's largest teachers union endorses Obama re-election (CNN) -- A year earlier than usual, the nation's largest teachers union on Monday endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012. The National Education Association, which represents 3.2 million teachers and administrators, approved the recommendation from its political action committee at its annual meeting in Chicago. Obama "shares our vision for a stronger America," NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said in a statement issued by the group. "He has never wavered from talking about the importance of education or his dedication to a vibrant middle class." Since taking office in 2009, Obama...
  • Biden in Chicago tells teachers GOP doesn’t believe in public education the way Democrats do

    07/04/2011 3:18:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    WaPo ^ | 7/3/11
    Vice President Joe Biden says the “new Republican party” fundamentally doesn’t believe in public education the way Democrats do. The Democrat spoke Sunday before thousands of educators at the National Education Association’s annual convention in Chicago. The association bills itself as the largest labor union nationwide. The speech came a day before the union’s vote on whether to endorse President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.
  • Indoctrination Fridays: Curriculum Teaches Kindergartners to Unionize

    06/25/2011 8:20:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Big Government ^ | 6/24/11 | Kyle Olson
    This is one part of a running series entitled “Indoctrination Fridays,” a weekly review of leftist propaganda incorporated into public school curriculum, much geared towards elementary students.  For more of the series, please visit typical union and socialist propaganda, employers are depicted as cruel and uncaring business owners who never miss an opportunity to cheat and mistreat workers.Big Labor’s “us versus them” worldview is so entrenched that they can’t recognize the fact that most successful companies value their employees, and do whatever they can to retain their best workers. That reality, of course, undercuts the relevance of unions.So what’s a...
  • Six-figure pensions soar for California school administrators

    06/26/2011 9:41:33 AM PDT · by freespirited · 24 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 06/26/11 | Phillip Reese and Laurel Rosenhall
    Thousands of newly retired school administrators will earn more during retirement than most Californians will make during their working careers. The number of educators receiving $100,000-plus annual pensions jumped 650 percent from 2005 to 2011, going from 700 to 5,400, according to a Bee review of data from the California State Teachers' Retirement System. Though they make up just 2 percent of CalSTRS pensions, six-figure payouts are a focus of pension reform discussions under way at the Capitol. Six-figure retirees eat 7 percent of CalSTRS benefits and can ultimately get millions more than they put into the system. Booming administrator...
  • The Coming Fall of the Teachers' Unions

    06/21/2011 2:35:06 PM PDT · by rhema · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 21, 2011 | Bruno Behrend
    A review of Special Interest: Teachers Unions and American Public Schools, by Terry M. Moe (Brookings Institution Press, 2011), 513 pp., $34.95 Seldom has the raw power and unbridled selfishness of teacher unions been more on display than it is today in state capitols around the country. Teachers led the union riot that shut down Wisconsin's state government for more than two weeks, making legislators afraid to enter government buildings while angry mobs defaced public property and shouted threats against elected officials. Terry Moe, a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution and author of numerous books and studies on education...
  • Green Bay teachers concerned about change in workday hours [Upset at 30 adnl minutes to teach kids ]

    06/21/2011 1:44:44 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 27 replies ^ | June 21 2011 |
    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay teachers union is upset about a change in the designated work day work hours starting next school year. The district breaks down the teaching workday with teaching time, professional time, additional duties, and lunch. The district wants teachers to be involved in a new collaborative team building initiatives for a total of 90 minutes of professional time everyday. They are adding an additional 30 minutes to the teachers’ day, while taking away an hour of personal professional planning time instead of the current two hours. Green Bay Education Association President Toni Lardinois...
  • NEA to Develop 'Logic Model' to Help Weigh the Worthiness of the Arts

    06/16/2011 3:01:05 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 24 replies
    Federal Business Opportunities ^ | June 3, 2011 | National Endowmen
    The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has plans to develop a "logic model and measurement framework" that supposedly will help it weigh the impact of art on society and, presumably, when, why, and how that impact affects governmental funding of the arts. Here's an excerpt from the Statement of Work governing the project, which NEA intends to outsource to a "capable" contractor. "SECTION B SUPPLIES/SERVICES AND PRICES B.1 GENERAL Historically, generations of artists, philosophers, and social science researchers have struggled to define the role and impact of art in terms of public value. They have asked questions as fundamental...
  • AT&T gave cash to merger backers

    06/10/2011 8:10:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies ^ | 6/10/11 | ELIZA KRIGMAN
    AT&T is lining up support for its acquisition of T-Mobile from a slew of liberal groups with no obvious interest in telecom deals — except that they’ve received big piles of AT&T’s cash. In recent weeks, the NAACP, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance, and the National Education Association have each issued public statements in support of the deal. The groups all say their public positions have nothing to do with the money they received from AT&T.
  • Ed union: $60 million for reelect

    06/10/2011 4:46:17 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 06/10/11 | ABBY PHILLIP
    The National Education Association, the largest education union, is preparing for a long, tough fight to re-elect President Obama. In an interview with POLITICO, the group’s executive director, John Wilson, said he’s prepared to invest resources and manpower to reelect Obama, despite disagreements with the administration on education policy. “We’ve got a lot of selling to do. Our members are very unhappy,” Wilson said. “We’ve got to explain to them the stakes. We cannot wait until a few months before the election.”
  • Pro-Abortion NEA to Spend $60 Million Re-Electing Obama

    06/10/2011 1:51:28 PM PDT · by rhema · 8 replies ^ | 6/10/11 | Steven Ertelt
    The nation’s biggest educational lobby, which has advanced a pro-abortion agenda, will advance it further now that it has committed to spending $60 million to support the re-election campaign of pro-abortion President Barack Obama. National Education Association executive director John Wilson says he is prepared to pull out all the stops to ensure the pro-abortion president has another four years in office to promote taxpayer funding of abortions and pack the Supreme Court and other federal courts with abortion activists. “We’ve got a lot of selling to do. Our members are very unhappy,” Wilson told Politico. “We’ve got to explain...
  • email from VEA teacher's union....thinking about November (BARF ALERT)

    06/10/2011 1:25:10 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies
    From VEA email to members
    Two moderate Republicans who have been friends of public education are retiring from the Virginia Senate. The retirement of William Wampler from Washington County is a shocking loss to the Commonwealth. William has always been a budget conferee, and was next in line to chair the powerful Senate Finance Committee should the Republicans take the Senate. He was the only Republican Senator on the committee to vote to protect our current retirement system in the last session. Wampler’s retirement puts Senator Stosch, the Senate’s chief champion of vouchers, next in line to chair the Senate Finance Committee should the Republicans...
  • More Insight Into Teacher Union Mentality

    05/24/2011 11:26:06 AM PDT · by FreeKeys · 3 replies
    Nealz Nuze ^ | Tuesday, May 24, 2011 | Neal Boortz
    I know you are probably sick of me harping on government schools and teachers unions.  Well then, I guess is sucks to be you.  As long as I’m on the air I’ll keep preaching against government education; and especially against teacher’s unions.  I’ve said and I will repeat that there is no other entity in this country – or anywhere in the world, for that matter – that has done more damage to the fabric of America than teacher’s unions.  The problems we face in this country would be greatly reduced if the people were just informed enough and bright...
  • NEA teachers union supports amnesty via Dream Act (BARF ALERT)

    05/16/2011 5:59:55 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 18 replies
    DREAM ACT: TELL CONGRESS TO HELP STUDENTS PURSUE HIGHER EDUCATION Each year, thousands of undocumented students who have lived in the United States for at least five years graduate from U.S. high schools. Among these students, with whom NEA members work every day, are valedictorians, straight-A students, and idealistic youth committed to bettering their communities. Yet, because of their lack of legal status, they are unable to pursue higher education. This week, Senator Durbin (D-IL) and Representatives Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Berman (D-CA) reintroduced the bipartisan DREAM Act (S. 952/H.R. 1842). See if your Senator is a cosponsor. The House bill...
  • Nation's largest union asks members to back Obama’s reelection

    05/06/2011 10:48:52 AM PDT · by radioone · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5-6-11 | Kevin Bogardus
    The National Education Association (NEA) has asked its members to support President Obama’s bid for a second term in the White House. The move by the NEA — the country's largest union, with more than 3 million members — shows that labor, a traditional ally of Democrats, is gearing up for the 2012 election. (In other words...Detroit coming to YOUR SCHOOL soon)
  • Revolutionary Socialist Group Planing to Recruit Children in JR High School

    04/24/2011 1:36:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | 4/24/11 | Trevor Loudon
    Revolutionary Socialist Group Planing to Recruit Children in JR High School To Join and Become Leaders in The Movement
  • Revolutionary Socialist Group Planning to Recruit Children in JR High School

    04/24/2011 9:05:21 AM PDT · by Pacothecat · 7 replies
    Revolutionary Socialist Group Planning to Recruit Children in JR High School To Join and Become Leaders in The Movement
  • Vandals Target MOCA [Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art]During Graffiti Art Exhibit

    04/20/2011 12:19:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    AP) ^ | April 20, 2011 11:54 AM
    Police say there’s been an increase of graffiti and vandalism around a Los Angeles museum that has opened an exhibit on the work of taggers and street artists.
  • When Unions Get Desperate

    04/16/2011 2:14:05 PM PDT · by rhema · 27 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/14/11 | ALLYSIA FINLEY
    There haven't been any major earthquakes or wildfires in California recently, but teachers apparently think that the potential budget cuts to education merit a "State of Emergency Week." The California Teachers Association, the state's largest teachers union, is planning a week of activities in May. The goal is to pressure Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and the state legislature to raise taxes rather than cut education spending. Earlier this week the union posted a 10-page list of potential activities on its website, Ideas included stalking legislators for a day; boycotting corporations like Microsoft that advocate for education reform; attempting to...
  • Always room in the budget for white guilt [Teachers headed for 'White Privilege Conference']

    04/09/2011 7:43:18 PM PDT · by rhema · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 4/9/11 | Katherine Kersten
    These are tough times for Minnesota schools. In Lakeville, for example, the school board recently announced wrenching cuts of almost $7 million. Ninety-four teachers will lose their jobs, arts programs will suffer and a school will be closed. There was wailing and gnashing of teeth, but the board set its jaw: There's not a dime for anything extra. Unless you've got an ax to grind with white folks. Then the money spigots open. The Lakeville schools are sending a delegation of teachers to the 12th annual "White Privilege Conference" at the Bloomington Sheraton from Aug. 13-16. The district is shelling...
  • Ohio Education Association Needs More Cash? [Members may be dunned more for political activism]

    04/09/2011 5:30:10 PM PDT · by rhema · 25 replies
    Last week as Ohio Governor John Kasich was signing Senate Bill 5 into law, the Ohio NEA affiliate, the Ohio Education Association, was already mobilizing their efforts to repeal the measure that would end forced unionism, makes strikes illegal and close major budget shortfalls via a ballot referendum. In a current forced unionism state, the OEA already collects at least $63 million in dues per year. Apparently that figure isn't enough to advance their agenda as they are now considering extracting an additional $50 per member for the referendum campaign in November. Regardless of what teachers think about the law,...
  • MEA Deletes 'Satanic Snyder' Photo from Union Facebook Page

    04/01/2011 9:18:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 26 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/31/2011 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association pulled down a photo on their Facebook page of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder that had demonic symbols superimposed on Snyder’s forehead, referred to him as “Satan” and had Nazi swastikas and blood spills on the GOP elephant symbol. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy alerted the MEA Tuesday morning of the photo on their page and it was shortly thereafter taken down. The photo was posted on March 11. MEA spokesman Doug Pratt said they investigated the post and found it was an MEA Facebook “fan” who had no affiliation with the teachers’ union. “We do...
  • Michigan's Crazy Drunk Uncle

    03/31/2011 7:10:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | March 31, 2011 | Kyle Olsen
    The Michigan Education Association is growing more pathetic by the day. The union is beginning to act like the crazy drunk uncle at the Christmas party - spilling his drink on himself and acting rudely to the point where others are embarrassed for him. Seemingly unable to stop any legislation that it opposes after being neutered in the last election, the union is on the floor, kicking and screaming. It’s a pretty pathetic scene to watch.After getting rolled by legislation that would create Emergency Financial Managers in the worst municipalities and school districts, the MEA is now complaining that the...
  • Guess the Largest Contributor to November Congressional Races

    03/31/2011 7:00:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | March 31, 2011 | Ross Mackenzie
    Comments on issues currently in the news.... --At stake in November were 472 congressional seats (37 Senate seats and all 435 House seats). A record 42 doctors were candidates -- making doctors candidates in about one-twelfth of the 472 congressional races. This is the decisive datum: Of those 42 physician/candidates, 33 favored the repeal of ObamaCare. --Maybe they understand, among other things -- as Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Elmendorf does -- that ObamaCare will cost the nation jobs. In February testimony before the House Budget Committee, Elmendorf put the number of jobs lost by 2021 as a consequence of...
  • Weingarten for the Union Defense

    03/28/2011 12:34:36 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 2 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3-26-11 | jason riley
    Why can't teachers who have been chronically absent from work be the first to go? Or the ones who have been convicted of crimes? Or the ones who are languishing—with full pay and benefits—in some "reserve pool" because no school will hire them? Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently said that "last in, first out" policies hit low-income kids hardest because the poor are more likely to attend schools where teachers have less seniority.
  • Help! I'm a teacher held hostage by my union!

    03/19/2011 2:57:28 PM PDT · by rhema · 60 replies
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | March 12, 2011 | MARK PRATHER
    When you hear that "The Unions" are fighting mad and rallying for this cause or that, you should know that a huge percentage of the membership is being coerced. Do you really believe that every union police officer, firefighter, nurse and teacher is happily singing from the same progressive hymnal? That they are all liberal Democrats, right down the line? That's what the unions want you to believe. Actually, to work in any of these professions in California and many other states, you are forced to join the union. And the unions give all their support to one party --...
  • The Wisconsin Way

    03/18/2011 3:58:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | Marcg 18, 2011 | Staff
    Labor: Unions' favorite target asks why there are no organized mobs hanging from the rafters of Congress or picketing the White House. Wisconsin will have better benefits, that's why — and a balanced budget. It's a fair question to ask: Why was limiting the collective bargaining rights — some would say collectivist bargaining rights — of public-sector unions so terrible, when Wisconsin workers are still much better off than their federal government counterparts? In a Washington Post op-ed, Gov. Scott Walker noted that most federal workers do not have collective bargaining rights for wages and benefits. He reminded us that...
  • Spiritually Adopt a Radical Liberal for Lent

    03/17/2011 7:41:45 PM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 2 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 3/08/2011 | Peggy Bowes
    ...I could “spiritually adopt” Ms. Schneider during Lent just as I have “spiritually adopted” six babies in danger of abortion over the last five years, praying daily for nine months each to change the hearts and minds of the mothers who considered aborting them. It’s one thing to pray each day for an innocent unborn child but quite another to sacrifice time and effort for a woman I’ve never met who wants to unravel the values I’ve taught my children. It makes giving up desserts seem easy!