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  • We should have ‘broken’ the teachers union

    03/09/2011 6:46:58 AM PST · by jebanks · 11 replies
    KPC News ^ | March 7, 2011 | Jim Banks
    Indiana legislators have received thousands of letters and email messages from concerned teachers, principals and superintendents. Many are politically generated by special-interest groups. Most, though, are from dedicated educators whose passion for the classroom is made clear in every word. Yet, I disagree with almost all of their conclusions. As a new member of the legislature, it surprises me so many of these writers, some personal friends, believe I would leave them vulnerable to an unfair evaluation system developed and managed by state bureaucrats. I am working every day to keep that from happening. Many express a fear that I...
  • Gov. Scott Walker can thank Michelle Rhee for making teachers unions the enemy

    02/26/2011 7:47:17 PM PST · by bronxville · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 27, 2011 | Richard D. Kahlenberg
    [...]On the most obvious level, teachers unions are taking a pounding because Republicans have gained power in recent state elections, and the GOP has a strong partisan interest in undermining public-employee unions, which provide troops and treasure to the Democratic Party. In Wisconsin, Walker's campaign to restrict the collective bargaining rights of teachers and other groups to the issue of wages is transparently partisan. Exempt from his plan are two unions that supported him politically: those representing police and firefighters. But Walker's argument - that greedy teachers are putting their own interests over the interests of the public - resonates...
  • Freedomain Radio -schooled in Wisconsin! This clip is dead on

    02/25/2011 7:47:11 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    Schooled in Wisconsin!
  • Follow the Money: What the Wisconsin Education Association Isn’t Talking About

    02/23/2011 7:29:31 AM PST · by bigbob · 9 replies
    Big Government dot com ^ | 2-22-11 | Labor Union Report
    As Americans, we’re often taught that trusts and monopolies are the product of big business and are bad. However, if trusts and monopolies are bad when Big Business engages in monopolistic ways, why isn’t it bad when Big Labor engages in the same sort of behaviors that are condemned when committed by Big Business? For over a week now, the nation has watched tens of thousands march in protest to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s budget plan. Democrat lawmakers (aka Fleebaggers) have fled the state in order to avoid doing their duty, while Obama’s OFA has bussed in the astroturf from...
  • Wisconsin Power Play

    02/21/2011 8:40:59 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2/20/2011 | Paul Krugman
    Last week, in the face of protest demonstrations against Wisconsin’s new union-busting governor, Scott Walker — demonstrations that continued through the weekend, with huge crowds on Saturday — Representative Paul Ryan made an unintentionally apt comparison: “It’s like Cairo has moved to Madison.” It wasn’t the smartest thing for Mr. Ryan to say, since he probably didn’t mean to compare Mr. Walker, a fellow Republican, to Hosni Mubarak. Or maybe he did — after all, quite a few prominent conservatives, including Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Rick Santorum, denounced the uprising in Egypt and insist that President Obama should have...
  • Freep a Poll! (Foxnews. What should Gov. Walker, Wisconsin, do? Union scrap)

    02/21/2011 6:58:01 PM PST · by dynachrome · 20 replies ^ | 2-21-11 | Fox News
    What Should the Wisconsin Governor Do? Negotiate a compromise bill with State Senate Democrats Ask Republicans to pull the bill and find another way to cut spending Draw a line in the sand: If you want to keep your job, get back to work -- otherwise, you're fired Other (post a comment)
  • Protesting Teachers Could Reap $6 Million from Taxpayers to Attend Rallies

    02/21/2011 7:29:36 AM PST · by Qbert · 23 replies
    MacIver News Service ^ | 2/21/2011 | MacIver News Service
    [Madison, Wisc...] As Milwaukee Public School teachers left their classrooms to march in Madison Friday, they likely earned more than $3 million to not teach students in Wisconsin’s largest school district. In Madison, the school district was closed for three days after hundreds of teachers engaged in a mass sick-out so they could attend protest rallies at the State Capitol. That could cost the district $2.7 million. Late Sunday night Madison Metropolitan School District administration announced their schools would be shut down yet one more day, at a possible cost of more than $900,000. Many of absent teachers converged on the Capitol to protest...
  • Demonstrators protest Ohio labor law changes

    02/18/2011 5:30:10 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 16 replies
    The Toledo Blade ^ | 2/18/2011 - Updated: 38 minutes ago | JIM PROVANCE
    But for the first time, an organized effort to support the bill led by Tea Party members also weighed in with a rally outside the Statehouse. “We’re here today because of common sense,’’ said Mike Wilson, president of the Cincinnati Tea Party. “Somehow over the last few years, things got out of line. … Unfortunately, we’ve got to make some hard choices. … All we’re asking is for the public sector to accept a little bit of the pain.’’
  • Walker Should Bring Criminal Charges Against Teachers

    02/17/2011 1:21:39 PM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 27 replies
    My Diseased Brain ^ | February 17, 2011 | Vanity
    Since Wisconsin teachers called in "sick" and later appeared at political rallies at the statehouse and appeared on TV, haven't they violated criminal statutes and shouldn't the governor have criminal charges brought against them, and have them fired. Forthwith? Isn't it against the law for a civil servant to make a false health claim and absent ones self from one's place of work? Criminal malingering.
  • The historical illiteracy of Wisconsin teachers (Plus, Democrats go AWOL to avoid vote?)

    02/17/2011 12:37:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/17/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Godwin’s Law states that any political argument, carried on long enough, will eventually provoke a Nazi reference. My own personal corollary to Godwin’s Law is that the first side to invoke it invariably loses, mainly because Nazis and Adolf Hitler are simply not analogous to normal politics in American democracy, unless one is discussing actual neo-Nazis. It exposes a clear lack of historical literacy about the Nazis and the history between the two World Wars of the last century. It’s the kind of argument favored by the relatively uneducated.That’s what makes the protests in Wisconsin over Governor Scott Walker’s proposal...
  • Union Hate Rally in Wisconsin: Protests Rife With Hitler, Gun Targets, Death Threats

    02/17/2011 7:21:55 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 48 replies
    No text, only video.
  • VA Senate Democrats kill bill to help poor children

    02/16/2011 4:31:08 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 5 replies
    Victoria Cobb, President Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Information Alert: Senate Finance Dems Reject Ed Freedom Yesterday, nine Senate democrats rejected education opportunity for low-income children by cowering before Virginia’s education establishment. By a 9-6 party-line vote, and in the face of overwhelming testimony, the committee defeated HB 2314, patroned by Delegate Jimmie Massie (R-72, Henrico). The legislation had the active support of Governor McDonnell and his staff. The Governor took the rare action of going office to office of committee members before yesterday's vote urging their support. I urge you to watch video from yesterday's meeting by clicking here. If...
  • Ruling: Fired D.C. teachers must be offered jobs, back wages (teachers union)

    02/08/2011 7:56:42 PM PST · by khnyny · 24 replies
    washington ^ | February 8, 2011 | Lisa Gartner
    The first 75 teachers who former Chancellor Michelle Rhee fired must be given about $7.5 million in back wages and offered positions with D.C. Public Schools, an arbitrator ruled. "The [termination] process used in this case was so devoid of due process as to be arbitrary and capricious," arbitrator Charles Feigenbaum said in his verdict favoring the Washington Teachers' Union, which has been fighting D.C. Public Schools officials over the July 2008 dismissals for more than two years. Rhee fired 75 first- and second-year teachers after asking principals to recommend recent hires for dismissal. D.C. Public Schools officials told teachers...
  • Bills target teachers unions - Republican backers say organizations block education reform

    01/27/2011 8:04:56 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 1/27/11 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE - Some Republican legislators are pushing bills to prohibit collective bargaining by teachers unions, curb their influence on state boards and block deductions from government payrolls to cover their members' dues or donations to political causes. "It's become obvious that at least some members of the Legislature - and I don't want to think it's a majority - just want to pick a fight with teachers," said Jerry Winters, chief lobbyist for the Tennessee Education Association. But House Republican Caucus Chairman Debra Maggart of Hendersonville says "unions have been stifling education reform throughout the years" and, in particular, collective...
  • Who Owns the Future?

    12/28/2010 7:52:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 4+ views ^ | December 28, 2010 | Pat Buchanan
    "That speaks about who is going to be leading tomorrow." So said Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Every three years, the Paris-based OECD holds its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests of the reading, math and science skills of 15-year-olds in developing and developed countries. Gurria was talking of the results of the 2009 tests. Sixty-five nations competed. The Chinese swept the board. The schools of Shanghai-China finished first in math, reading and science. Hong Kong-China was third in math and science. Singapore, a city-state dominated by overseas Chinese, was second in math,...
  • Rubber room's 'dirty' old man

    12/26/2010 4:11:34 PM PST · by opentalk · 25 replies · 2+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 26, 2010 | SUSAN EDELMAN
    He just won't leave. At age 75, Roland Pierre is the granddaddy of the rubber room -- 13 years in the purgatory of teachers yanked from the classroom for alleged wrongdoing. But the Department of Education can't fire Pierre, and he's stuck around long past the minimum retirement age. Pierre was permanently removed from the classroom in 1997 after he was accused of sexually molesting a sixth-grade girl at PS 138 in Brooklyn. But since then, Pierre has continued to receive full pay and fringe benefits, including health, pension and vacation, officials said. He pulls down $97,101 a year. He's...
  • Pa Continues To Top Nation In Teacher Strikes

    12/07/2010 5:49:55 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 28 replies
    Obviously, Pennsylvania teachers are not in it "for the children." The Keystone State, as always, led the nation in teachers strikes last year with eight matching the '08-'09 total and up one from '07-'08. And we are not talking close contests here. More than half the school strikes in the nation occur annually in Pennsylvania. And for what? The average salary for a Pennsylvania teacher in 2007 was then $54,970 for 190 days work, which was behind six states that prohibited such a child-hating practice.
  • Teachers' pay and sickness records to be published ( UK )

    11/08/2010 6:04:41 PM PST · by george76 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 08 Nov 2010 | Graeme Paton
    Schools will be forced to publish teachers' salaries, qualifications and sickness rates under Coalition plans to drive up classroom standards. Parents will be able to rate primary and secondary schools according to detailed new information that will show not only the quality and experience of staff but also whether they offer value for money. For the first time, schools with high staff sickness rates will be exposed. Reforms will also enable parents to discover the size of teachers' salaries and the number of staff with A-levels, degrees and postgraduate qualifications. The proposals were made yesterday as part of David Cameron's...
  • Kasich says no passenger rail for Ohio ("The train is dead" Got austerity?)

    11/03/2010 6:50:56 PM PDT · by TSgt · 37 replies · 1+ views
    WDTN ^ | 11/3/2010 | Sonu Wasu
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) - In his first news conference as governor elect, John Kasich de-railed plans for high speed trains connecting Dayton to the rest of the state. In a press conference with reporters from around the state, Kasich outlined his priorities for taking Ohio into the future. "My message today is to get jobs going in this state," said Kasich. Political analysts said the economy is what helped Kasich win the election, now he wants the economy to win for Ohio. "We have to become competitive. We've got to show the people of this state that we can manage...
  • James O’Keefe Takes on the NJ Teachers Unions

    10/26/2010 9:37:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Verum Serum ^ | 10/26/10 | James O'Keefe
    This is going to leave a mark I’m sure Media Matters is already working up its predictable, half-true response