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  • Colorado Teachers' Union President Thanks NEA for Help with 'Hostile School Boards'

    09/29/2014 3:05:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 29 Sep 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Speaking at the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on July 3rd, Colorado Education Association (CEA) President Kerrie Dallman referred to the school district of Jefferson County (JeffCo) – where teachers have staged a “sick-out” and students left classes to protest throughout last week – as one of three in her state in which the teachers’ union was “working against hostile school boards.” “I also want to say thank you to the staff and leaders from the 18 states around the country who were sending in 48 staff under the NEA shared staffing...
  • Here's How An Alleged Cheating Ring That Could Send Atlanta Teachers To Prison Was Uncovered

    09/25/2014 5:18:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep. 25, 2014 | Erin Fuchs
    Prosecutors are using a law originally enacted to go after mobsters to accuse former principals, teachers, and administrators of trying to boost their bonuses by conspiring to artificially raise kids' test scores. While only 12 ex-educators are on trial in Atlanta, dozens of teachers and administrators were initially charged and many have since pleaded guilty in exchange for their cooperation. The dozen on trial could get up to 20 years in prison, and they might never have been prosecuted if it weren't for a pair of ambitious reporters at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). Back in 2008, Heather Vogell, now a...
  • Despite proven academic success of NYC’s charter schools, the mayor and unions are waging a war on..

    09/13/2014 12:17:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    AEI ^ | September 12, 2014 | Mark J. Perry
    All four Harlem Success Academy charters serve primarily minority student populations (all are 93.5 to 97.1% black and Hispanic) and low-income households (75 to 80% of students at these schools qualify for free or discounted lunch), and yet all are ranked academically higher than about 97% of all schools in New York state based on 2013-2014 standardized test assessments in math and reading. What a truly amazing academic success story! Harlem Success Academy 3, an elementary school where 95.2% of the students are black or Hispanic and 80% are from poor households who qualify for free or discounted lunch, performed...
  • Inside the campaign finance report of Fair Wisconsin

    09/09/2014 8:10:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 9-8-14 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – Last Thursday, the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Wisconsin’s 2006 voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. When looking back at the 2006 campaign, organized labor and other notable liberals donated their money to Fair Wisconsin which opposed the measure. Wisconsin Election Watch obtained campaign finance records from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board for this story. However, the only version of Fair Wisconsin’s campaign finance reports were available was in paper format. Organized labor donated significant amounts of money to Fair Wisconsin in 2006 in their effort to oppose the referendum. The Wisconsin Educational Association...
  • The Stupendous Failure Of Big City Education: How Philly Teachers Union Loots The Schools

    09/02/2014 7:21:41 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge.com ^ | 8/29/2014 | Tyler Durden
    It’s that time of year again – when the little juvenile delinquents, future prison inmates, and functionally illiterate junior members of the free shit army pick up their “free” backpacks and “free" school supplies they will never use and shuffle off to the decaying prison like schools in the City of Philadelphia to eat “free” breakfasts and “free” lunches, while being taught government sanctioned pablum by overpaid mediocre union teachers. It’s a repeat of every year for the Phila school district. As the school year approaches they are shocked to report a massive deficit and beg the State of PA...
  • Teachers lounge vending machines exempt from new federal snack rules

    08/18/2014 9:17:11 AM PDT · by W. · 27 replies
    Eagnews.org ^ | August 15, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    The school teachers lounge is a respite from more than just bratty kids. It’s a safe zone from the long arm of Michelle Obama’s food police. Students are already revolting against the newly-implemented school snack regulations that affect what is sold in vending machines. They will probably be equally upset to learn the vending machine just across the hall – in the teachers lounge – is exempt from the regulations.
  • Douglas County Teachers’ Union Membership Drops 25 Percent ( Colorado )

    07/31/2014 7:02:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | July 31, 2014 | Ali Gordon
    The teachers’ union representing the Douglas County school system has lost one-quarter of its membership since last year, signaling a growing frustration within the ranks that dues are used to finance politics instead of professional development. The significant drop in membership of the Douglas County Federation (DCF) was revealed in a July 21 letter from the board of education to Courtney Smith, union president, and was based on the union’s most recently released tax returns. The letter pointed to the drop in membership as undeniable proof that teachers had chosen the district over the union and the need for major...
  • Rangel gets payback on teachers union, boosts charter schools

    07/20/2014 12:09:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 5, 2014 | Carl Campanile
    Hell hath no fury like a congressman scorned. Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel is giving the teachers union a lesson in political retribution for snubbing him and endorsing his rival Adriano Espaillat for Congress, sources said. Rangel is hitting the union where it hurts — by vigorously supporting non-unionized charter schools. The unions have been fighting desperately to stop or slow down charter-school expansion. “The congressman was disappointed the UFT [United Federation of Teachers] dumped him for Espaillat. I see Charlie speaking out more forcefully on the charter-school issue,” said a Rangel ­insider. “He doesn’t have to be concerned about offending...
  • Hedgesville Teacher Charged with Sexual Assault

    07/08/2014 10:12:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    WHAG ^ | staff
    WHAG NEWS - A Hedgesville high school teacher is facing sexual assault charges accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office confirmed Erin Thomas is charged with third degree sexual assault and two charges of computer harassment. Officials say the 31-year-old allegedly had a relationship with a female student that began last year when she was a Freshman.
  • Next NEA leader's first task: Win back public

    07/06/2014 9:29:08 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | July 6, 2014 | CAITLIN EMMA
    The new president of the largest teachers union in the country will become the voice of roughly 3 million teachers at perhaps the most critical moment in the National Education Association’s history. First item on the agenda: Win back the public. Union watchers say the newly elected Lily Eskelsen García — a former school cafeteria worker teacher, folk singer and Utah teacher of the year — has a “hell of a job” ahead of her. She faces court cases challenging teacher tenure and job protections, the defection of historically loyal Democrats, growing apprehension over the Common Core, diminishing ranks, public...
  • Teacher isn’t fired after giving teen gifts, sending ‘love’ texts

    07/06/2014 12:21:02 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 34 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/6/14 | By Susan Edelman
    Teacher isn’t fired after giving teen gifts, sending ‘love’ texts By Susan Edelman A Queens middle-school teacher let a 14-year-old student drive his car, gave him cash and expensive gifts, and exchanged hundreds of texts behind his parent’s back. But, over the objections of the outraged parents and principal, the teacher can keep his job, an arbitrator has ruled. James Rampulla Jr., 44, who taught at Irwin Altman MS 172 in Floral Park, sent some of the 513 texts to the boy after 11 p.m. and included the words “I love you,” according to evidence presented at the teacher’s administrative...
  • Pension chaos hits Chicago, Illinois budgets

    07/04/2014 10:40:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 71 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 04, 2014 | GregHinz.
    yesterday's decision in a key Illinois Supreme Court case has set off a first-class explosion in state and local government, potentially punching tens of billions of dollars in holes in their collective budgets. Some elements of the court's decision are drawing intense debate. But if the overnight consensus is anywhere near correct, everyone from City Hall and the Capitol to your local village and school board will have little option now but to dig deep, cut services and raise taxes a lot — and labor unions little incentive to compromise. "The law in Illinois is now crystal clear: Politicians cannot...
  • Unprepared grads — the scandal New York’s pols ignore

    06/27/2014 6:50:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 24, 2014 | Bob McManus
    the state’s ability-to-function-in-a-modern-economy rate among graduates hovers at a dismal 37 percent. That is, according to the state Department of Education, only 37 of every 100 students who entered high school in 2009, and stayed long enough to graduate, learned enough by last June to do college-level academic work — or to enter the workforce in any meaningful way. And in New York City, the ratio was one in four. So let’s cut to the chase: If 75 percent of New York high-school seniors get diplomas, but only 37 percent are academically or economically functional ... Per-student spending — just...
  • Court Decision in California will Improve Education

    06/23/2014 4:13:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 23, 2014 | Star Parker
    Last week’s California superior court decision, which struck down teacher tenure law in California public schools, is good news for everyone worried about America’s future. The decision, finding these provisions unconstitutional and discriminatory against low-income and minority students, was even applauded by Education Secretary Arne Duncan. With the success of this lawsuit, similar suits can be anticipated around the country. Everyone, except the teachers unions, seems to grasp that public education in America, particularly in low-income communities, suffers because of lack of competition. The lawsuit, filed by 9 California public school students, was backed by a non-profit organization, Students...
  • Judge Rejects Teacher Tenure for California

    06/12/2014 10:52:43 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/10/2014 | JENNIFER MEDINA
    LOS ANGELES — A California judge ruled Tuesday that teacher tenure laws deprived students of their right to an education under the State Constitution and violated their civil rights. The decision hands teachers’ unions a major defeat in a landmark case, one that could radically alter how California teachers are hired and fired and prompt challenges to tenure laws in other states. “Substantial evidence presented makes it clear to this court that the challenged statutes disproportionately affect poor and/or minority students,” Judge Rolf M. Treu of Los Angeles Superior Court wrote in the ruling. “The evidence is compelling. Indeed, it...
  • "This Is ARE Story": Why Johnny can’t read. Or spell. Or connect the dots.

    06/12/2014 6:46:31 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 13 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-12-2014 | MOTUS
    Today’s reflection:Can you connect the dots in the three stories below? I’ve provided some hints along the way.Story #1: “Paul Robeson High School’s 2014 prom theme: “This is Are Story.” Drafted by prom committee, reviewed and approved by their TA (teacher advisor). And since this is the Senior Prom, we assume that this was written by one of the lucky 25% who are/our actually going to graduate high school. Story #2: LOS ANGELES—A California judge declared the state's strong teacher-tenure laws unconstitutional in a rebuke that promises to spur similar challenges around the country.The student plaintiffs in the lawsuit against...
  • Jeffco board says no to proposed agreement with teachers union ( Colorado )

    The Jeffco Public Schools Board school board tossed out a tentative deal with its teachers union during Thursday night’s board meeting. Board president Ken Witt said he could not endorse the deal because the agreement provided raises to an estimated 56 teachers who were rated “partly effective” on the district’s evaluation rubric. ... teachers union representatives were disappointed
  • 16 Percent of U.S. Teachers are Chronically Absent: Study

    06/03/2014 1:32:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Sixteen percent of all teachers are considered chronically absent, missing 18 days or more per year, a new study said. A Think Tank in Washington, D.C. looked at 234,000 teachers in 40 of the country's largest school districts. It found teachers miss an average of 11 days. In Sacramento, more than 51 percent of teachers are chronically absent. In San Francisco, the number is more than 41 percent. And in San Jose, it is about 45 percent. Uber, Lyft and Sidecar Operate at SFO Illegally The study looked at short-term absences and did not count absences for serious illness, or...
  • DC Schools: $29,349 Per Pupil, 83 Percent Not Proficient in Reading

    05/14/2014 4:20:00 AM PDT · by cruzader · 47 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 14, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    The public schools in Washington, D.C., spent $29,349 per pupil in the 2010-2011 school year, according to the latest data from National Center for Education Statistics, but in 2013 fully 83 percent of the eighth graders in these schools were not "proficient" in reading and 81 percent were not "proficient" in math. These are the government schools in our nation's capital city -- where for decades politicians of both parties have obstreperously pushed for more federal involvement in education and more federal spending on education. Government has manifestly failed the families who must send their children to these schools, and...
  • National Leader of Douglas County Teachers’ Union Joins Ultra-Left Democracy Alliance ( Colorado )

    05/10/2014 7:15:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Observer ^ | May 8, 2014
    The Democracy Alliance, a top-secret collective of ultra-rich left-wing political donors, has a new member — Randi Weingarten, who heads the labor union that represented Douglas County teachers until two years ago when the district went union-free. ... Weingarten is president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), an arm of the AFL-CIO whose affiliates include the Douglas County Federation. ... Ben DeGrow, Independence Institute senior education policy analyst, said Weingarten’s joining the Democracy Alliance shows that the union is using dues collected from teachers to pursue an extreme political agenda. ... Unlike other school districts, Douglas County no longer...
  • Chicago Teachers Union Joins War on Common Core

    05/09/2014 3:42:25 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 16 replies
    The New American ^ | 09 May 2014 | Alex Newman
    Chicago Teachers Union Joins War on Common Core 09 May 2014 The powerful Chicago Teachers Union joined the bipartisan war on Common Core, the controversial Obama administration-pushed national education standards.... Related Articles: Common Core: A Scheme to Rewrite Education Orwellian Nightmare: Data-mining Your Kids New York Revolts Against Common Core SPLC Launches Hysterical Attack on Common Core Critics As Common Core Becomes Punchline, Critics Win Battles Nationwide Pro-Common Core Deception Falling Apart Indiana Replaces Common Core ... With Common Core Common Core Architect Now Dumbing Down SAT Common Core: People vs. Big Government, Big Business, and Billionaires
  • (Cinco de Mayo)Protest at Live Oak High on anniversary of American flag T-shirt incident

    05/05/2014 1:06:37 PM PDT · by fifedom · 13 replies
    TimesHeraldOnline ^ | 05/05/2014 | Joe Rodriguez
    almost 50 self-described "Patriots" held tall U.S flags in front of a high school still at the center of a public debate over free speech and cultural pride. (barf)
  • Can a lawsuit by nine students topple teacher tenure?

    03/30/2014 9:32:51 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 30 replies
    PBS NewsHour ^ | March 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM EDT | MEGAN THOMPSON
    The nine student plaintiffs in the case – known as Vergara v. California - are challenging two main areas of state law: permanent employment and dismissal statutes the plaintiffs say make it difficult to get rid of bad teachers, and the seniority-based layoff system, which they say makes it hard to keep good, less-senior teachers during difficult times.
  • My time at the ‘School of No’ (union allowed abuse, million$ still missing?)

    02/22/2014 2:31:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/22/14 | Patricia Walsh
    **SNIP** As a teacher who worked there for many years, I can tell you that it wasn’t because the city wasn’t warned. The children of PS 106 were failed by administrators, government lawmakers and union officials — a host of top people who couldn’t be bothered to care. **SNIP** To show just how clueless and uncaring the administration was — in December 2013, PS 106 received a glowing report. At the time, there was no mandated gym, no special-education teacher (I had left and wasn’t replaced), no books, no art and no extended-day services! PS 106 received millions in extra...
  • Body of missing Missouri girl found in home of elementary school coach: police

    02/20/2014 8:20:10 AM PST · by Bubba_Leroy · 99 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | February 19, 2014 | Nina Golgowski
    A Missouri grade school coach has been charged in the murder and kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl whose suspected body was found in his basement with what police said was a gunshot wound to the head. Craig Wood, a football coach and teacher's aide at Springfield's Pleasant View K-8 School, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of Hailey Owens, whose body police believe was found in a storage bin. The little girl was last seen walking just a block from her home at 4:48 p.m. Tuesday when a terrified couple called 911 to report her seen being...
  • Heroin found in faculty restroom at Fallsburg elementary school

    02/19/2014 7:54:25 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    recordonline ^ | 02/18/2014 | Leonard Sparks
    7 elementary school staff hire lawyers Fallsburg police investigating the reported discovery of heroin and drug paraphernalia in a faculty bathroom at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School say the refusal by a group of teachers to cooperate is hampering their probe. No one has been charged, but six teachers and an aide were identified as having used the men's room before a school staff member reportedly found a heroin baggie on Feb. 11. Just before the winter break in December, heroin and needles were reportedly found in the same bathroom. Each of the seven faculty members initially agreed to give urine...
  • Public School Students Suing Over Tenure

    02/06/2014 11:36:35 AM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 5 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | February 6, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    There are times where someone actually takes a stand and gives me hope that we can eventually roll back the progressive liberal tide and bring sanity back to our country. One such instance is taking place in California, where nine public school students and their families are suing the state over its laws governing teacher tenure, seniority, and the last hired, first fired practice. The aim is to dismantle a system that keeps bad teachers in the classroom; a system that teachers unions fully support. The lawsuit, filed by an advocacy group called Students Matter on behalf of the students,...
  • Campbell Brown: Unions Won’t Support Bill to Keep Sex Predators Out of Classrooms

    01/17/2014 8:34:23 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/17/14 | Campbell Brown
    Two of the most powerful unions in the country have voiced objections to a bill that would provide better background checks for teachers, Campbell Brown writes in a Thursday Wall Street Journal column. After the Government Accountability Office found “hundreds of potential cases of registered sex offenders working in schools” across the United States in 2010, the House passed a bill that would streamline the vetting process and close inconsistencies across state lines. The bill is a common sense measure, according to Campbell, yet powerful teachers unions are opposed to the new standards. Anyone with violent or sexual convictions against...
  • This Report on a Poorly Run Public School in NY Is Leaving People Infuriated and Astonished

    01/15/2014 8:28:22 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 32 replies
    A recent report on a school in Queens, N.Y., is so unbelievable, so terribly sad, that it has left many readers practically speechless. A public school in Far Rockaway Queens, N.Y., has been accused of operating under unacceptable conditions (image source Google Maps) From students reportedly being forced to attend class in vermin-infested “temporary classrooms” that “smell like urine” to Principal Marcella Sills, 48, apparently being a frequent no-show, public school (PS) 106 in Far Rockaway, N.Y., is a “school of no,” according to the New York Post.The students don’t get gym or art classes, one source said. Instead, many...
  • Chicago reverses course, cancels school on Monday

    01/05/2014 4:20:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 5, 2014 6:36 PM EST
    Chicago Public School officials say they’re canceling classes ahead of Monday’s bitter cold temperatures, after first saying they would be open. The reversal comes after withering criticism from the Chicago Teachers Union, though officials say they made the decision after (they) “evaluated the situation again.” …
  • Some Unions Collapse in Historic Wisconsin Vote

    12/19/2013 5:01:04 PM PST · by george76 · 47 replies
    media trackers ^ | December 19, 2013 | Brian Sikma
    Numbers of public sector unions in Wisconsin collapsed in the wake of an historic vote that ended on Thursday. The unions are acutely feeling the impact of Act 10, Governor Scott Walker’s controversy-generating collective bargaining reforms of 2011. The reforms require public sector unions to hold annual recertification votes. In order to be certified as unions by the state, the labor groups must get the approval of over 50% of their members. For several weeks now the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission has been holding an open and ongoing vote for over 400 unions, mostly made up of public school teachers...
  • Parents and Teachers Object to Common Core

    12/10/2013 10:57:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The media are currently filled with reports of students in the U.S. scoring poorly on international tests. The Program for International Student Assessment, which compares 15-year-olds in most industrialized countries, reports that American students dropped from 25th to 31st in math, 11th to 21st in reading and 20th to 24th in science. The solution consistently offered for these low rankings is to spend more money on schooling. But numerous studies examining the billions of dollars we've spent on education in the last decade show that money has not improved the performance of U.S. students, and higher-scoring foreign countries spend far...
  • Teachers’ Union Doesn’t Like Common Core

    11/25/2013 8:19:28 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 25, 2013 | Spencer Irvine
    The Thomas B. Fordham Institute sponsored a recent panel discussion titled, “Traversing the Teacher-Evaluation Terrain.” Inevitably, the discussion veered from teacher-evaluation criteria at the federal and state levels to upcoming requirements of Common Core. One of the panelists, Rob Weil, represented the American Federation of Teachers as their Deputy Director of Education Issues Department. He voiced his opposition and disapproval of the top-down, federal government approach of Common Core throughout the discussion. Weil argued that the legislators and bureaucrats “like putting numbers down in legislation because it makes them feel good.” He said that teachers “were hoping that the effort...
  • Jeffco Conservatives Sweep School Board Despite Union Opposition ( Colorado )

    11/13/2013 9:29:17 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | November 13, 2013 | Leslie Jorgensen
    Voters slammed on the brakes last week, rejecting Amendment 66, a $1 billion across-the-board income tax hike, and three heavily-subsidized union school board candidates. Instead, voters gave reform candidates the green light. Jeffco voters elected three conservative school board candidates Julie Williams, John Newkirk and Ken Witt – all of whom opposed Amendment 66. Williams, Newkirk and Witt, who campaigned as the “WNW” ticket, will now hold a majority on the five-member school board that includes union-cozy incumbents Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman, whose terms end in 2015. The new trio is expected to take office on Nov. 21. Forty-eight...
  • The Two Types of Child Victimization at Government Schools

    10/27/2013 8:55:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    You would think the bureaucrats who run government schools would want to focus on the basics, such as teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic. After all, no nation spends more per pupil on education than the United States. And based on some Cato Institute research, I suspect the OECD estimate of about $15,000 per student is a low-ball estimate of the burden on American taxpayers. So what do we get for all this money? To be blunt, the results are miserable, with Americans ranking well below average compared to our overseas competitors. Here are some comparisons on both literacy and numeracy...
  • Union Tries to Shame Ex-Members

    10/24/2013 11:37:50 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/23/2013 | Tom Gantert
    A Michigan Education Association union in the Upper Peninsula has listed the names of the school employees who left the union as part of the state's right-to-work law, leaving some to question whether the MEA is trying to create a hostile workplace environment. The MEA 17-B/C union newsletter listed the name of 16 employees from four school districts in the U.P. who decided against paying dues or fees to the union and it also listed the services they no longer will get now that they're not part of the union. Kathi Moreau, a counselor at Stephenson Area Public Schools, left...
  • Michigan teachers fight unions over forced dues

    10/24/2013 12:19:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 23, 2013 | Sean Higgins
    Michigan teachers are discovering that their union is determined to make it as hard as possible for them to take advantage of the state's new right-to-work law, which prohibits workers from being forced to pay dues to a union. Nine teachers sued the Michigan Education Association in the last week alleging unfair labor practices. Eight teachers sued the MEA on Monday. They are being represented by the conservative Mackinac Center Legal Foundation. Their complaint alleges the union is violating the intent of the right-to-work law by only giving them a very brief period — the month of August — to...
  • UFT again shows it doesn’t care about the kids

    10/21/2013 12:59:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 20, 2013 | 7:58pm | (Post Editorial Board)
    The United Federation of Teachers has spent decades pleading for more money for public schools. So eyebrows might have shot up when it turned down federal Race to the Top funds at its UFT Charter School. Well, the mystery’s been solved. While tens of thousands of teachers around the state will be subject to new yearly evaluations, UFT Charter School chief executive Sheila Evans-Tranumn says her teachers won’t have to. That’s because, as a charter, her school is allowed to opt out of the evaluation system, as long as it hasn’t taken Race to the Top money. And it’s chosen...
  • Teacher Makes Students Decide Who Lives, Who Dies

    10/10/2013 9:15:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 10, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A classroom of 14 and 15-year-old Illinois high school students was assigned the task of deciding the fate of ten fictional characters in an exercise that critics called a lesson in death panels. The assignment was part of a sociology unit for freshmen and sophomore students at St. Joseph-Ogden High School in St. Joseph, just east of Champaign. The story was first reported by Champion News. The lesson involves 10 people who are in desperate need of kidney dialysis. “Unless they receive this procedure, they will die,” the lesson states. But there’s a problem. The local hospital only has enough...
  • Campaign Calls On Teachers To Drop ‘Increasingly Radical’ Unions

    09/17/2013 2:11:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 17, 2013 11:35 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Two California advocacy groups are calling on teachers in Los Angeles and statewide to drop their memberships with labor unions. Members of the California Public Policy Center (CPPC) and California Teachers Empowerment Network (CTEN) have announced the kickoff of a two-month campaign aimed at educating teachers on how they can cut ties with what the groups described as “increasingly radical,” “industrial-style” unions. The campaign also seeks to inform Los Angeles Unified School District teachers represented by United Teachers Los Angeles — which allows members to affiliate either with the California Teacher Association (CTA) or the California...
  • UPDATE: Wisconsin's Third Largest Teachers Union Decertified on August 31st

    09/12/2013 6:17:01 PM PDT · by bigbob · 21 replies
    MacIver Institute | 9-12-13 | MacIver News Service
    The Kenosha Education Association (KEA), the state's third largest teachers union, was officially decertified on August 31, 2013 according to the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission. Mark Belling, who broke this story on Thursday, said that the decertification came after a recent vote by members in which only 37 percent voted to reauthorize the union. KEA is the largest teachers union to disband since Act 10 was signed into law in 2011. The union had 2,400 members according to their website. Act 10 limited collective bargaining rights for public employees and required public unions to have an annual vote to recertify....
  • Teachers Union President Siphons $1 Million From Ohio Educators

    08/28/2013 5:11:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | August 26, 2013 | Jason Hart
    Outgoing Ohio Education Association (OEA) President Patricia Frost-Brooks was paid a total of $998,949 from 2008-2012, the first five years of her six-year tenure. Thanks to union contracts that existed long before many current teachers were hired, the vast majority of OEA’s revenue comes from more than $450 per year in dues deducted automatically from tens of thousands of Ohio teachers’ paychecks. Based on OEA’s annual report to the U.S. Department of Labor, the union collected over $58 million in dues and “fair share” fees in 2012. While Frost-Brooks has benefited the most from OEA’s generous officer and executive salaries...
  • Bill Ayers, reincarnated ACORN ask United Nations to intervene in Chicago school closings

    07/27/2013 9:29:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 27, 2013
    Noted American terrorist and left-wing radical Bill Ayers is among the signatories of a letter calling on the United Nations to probe the closing of 49 Chicago elementary schools based on claims that it is causing massive human rights violations. ... In 2009, the Chicago City Council passed a resolution adopting the international body’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, notes WBEZ. The resolution instructed all city agencies to develop policies consistent with it. Kalantry told the public radio station that the nation and the city must now act in accordance with these covenants. ... The Chicago Teachers Union,...
  • Teachers Union May Sue Over ‘Constitutional Right’ to Wear Shorts to Work!

    07/24/2013 9:49:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/24/2013 | Kyle Olson
    Move over Trayvon Martin. Big Labor has a new favorite group of victims of social injustice - the teaching staff of Lewis County, West Virginia. Citizens have been complaining to school board members about the “way teachers dress,” according to school board president Paul Derico. As a result, the school board unanimously passed a dress code for teachers, banning blue jeans, faded jeans and shorts. Of course the teachers union is not taking this grave injustice lying down. Union officials have threatened to sue the board. "We're disappointed in the actions of the board. We don't believe it's in the...
  • CONTROVERSIAL CALIFORNIA BILL EXEMPTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS FROM SEX ABUSE LAWSUITS

    07/10/2013 12:36:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 69 replies
    Big Government ^ | 7-10-2013
    California Senate Bill 131, which is ostensibly about protecting victims of child sex abuse, forces private schools to defend claims of sexual abuse as far back as 40 years ago, but exempts public schools from such claims. Because of the Democratic super-majorities in both houses of California, there is no way to stop the passage of the bill. As Valerie Schmalz wrote in Catholic San Francisco: The California state Senate narrowly approved a waiver of the statute of limitations for child sex abuse damage lawsuits – a bill that could have a devastating effect on nonprofits including Catholic Charities and...
  • NEA teachers dance to 'N'-word, sex lyrics ('When it's over you ain't gon need ya vibrator')

    07/10/2013 9:09:07 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    WND ^ | July 09, 2013 | Chelsea Schilling
    Educators boogie to 'When it's over you ain't gon need ya vibrator' (WARNING: This story includes a video and rap song lyrics of a sexually explicit nature and may offend some readers.) At its 2013 national convention in Atlanta last week, the National Education Association encouraged teachers to dance to a sexually explicit rap song that featured the “N”-word and declared, “When it’s over you ain’t gon need ya vibrator.” The NEA, a nationwide labor union that represents public school teachers, played the song titled, “Wobble,” by V.I.C. at its “Raise Your Hand” conference – which was publicized as an...
  • US pension giant to exclude Israel divestment resolution

    05/30/2013 9:14:48 AM PDT · by ilcenter · 3 replies
    5 Towns Jewish Times ^ | May 30, 2013
    A resolution calling for the boycott of Israeli firms will not be put to a vote at TIAA-CREF’s upcoming shareholders meeting. The move comes after the pension fund giant received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to “take no action” on a submission by pro-Palestinian activists. This followed the company’s warning by an Israeli civil rights group that passage of the resolution would violate NY and Federal law. Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center, stressed that the development was “a major defeat for the extremist Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement taking aim at Israel.”...
  • VEA teacher's union says we ALL should vote in the June 11 VA Dem primary

    05/19/2013 7:59:26 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    From an email
    May 16, 2013 Dear : The VEA Fund for Children and Public Education Executive Committee (VEA Fund) and The VEA Fund Directors, your elected representatives from across Virginia, have offered recommendations for the June 11 Democratic primaries. The Democratic Party is choosing Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General candidates in an open primary on that day. Republican Candidates are being chosen by a convention this Saturday in Richmond. Regrettably, none of the Republican candidates chose to complete the candidate questionnaire required to gain a recommendation. In Virginia voters do not register by party, so our primaries are open. Any voter can...
  • (South Carolina - Government Education) Teacher Who Stomped on Flag Receives $85,000 Settlement

    05/07/2013 7:04:20 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | May 7, 2013 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Teacher who stomped on flag receives $85,000 settlement The South Carolina teacher placed on administrative leave after throwing an American flag on the floor and stomping on it was paid $85,000 as part of an out-of-court settlement in a case arising out of that incident. The settlement does not include the salary that Chapin High School English teacher Scott Compton will continue to receive until June 7, according to The State. He continues to get paid although he was placed on leave in January and submitted his resignation on Mar. 27. “Prior to his resignation, attorneys for Mr. Compton informed...
  • Ireland Pressed to Affirm Opposition to Israel Boycotts

    04/10/2013 11:06:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 4/10/2013, 9:07 PM | (Arutz Sheva staff)
    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has called on the government of Ireland to publicly reiterate its opposition to boycotts of Israel in response to the decision by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland to adopt an academic and cultural boycott of Israel. The union, which represents over 14,000 educators, reportedly called on its members during its annual congress on April 4 to “cease all cultural and academic collaboration with Israel, including the exchange of scientists, students and academic personalities, as well as all cooperation in research programs.” …