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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
  • Governor Christie's Ultimate Test

    10/24/2010 12:02:55 PM PDT · by rhema · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 22, 2010 | MONICA LANGLEY
    TRENTON, N.J.—He says she's a "greedy thug" who uses children as "drug mules." She says he's a "bully" and a "liar" who's "obsessed with a vendetta." Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, and Barbara Keshishian, president of the state's teachers union, say they want to improve public schools. That's where agreement ends. In speeches, mailings and multi-million dollar TV ads, they've battled over teacher salaries, property taxes and federal education grants. They have met once, an encounter that ended when Mr. Christie threw Ms. Keshishian out of his office. For Mr. Christie, 48 years old, the fight is...
  • Teachers union gets a pass on ObamaCare rule

    10/08/2010 3:55:32 PM PDT · by opentalk · 29 replies
    NewYork Post ^ | October 8, 2010 | CHARLES HURT, YOAV GONEN
    The United Federation of Teachers -- one of President Obama's key political backers -- is the biggest beneficiary of a White House sweetheart deal that will exempt certain outfits from complying with new health-care rules, officials revealed yesterday. The quietly approved federal waivers for 30 companies, health insurers, unions and other groups across the country means the UFT doesn't have to gradually phase out caps on annual health coverage like everyone else. The UFT was concerned that could have been a major financial hit on the union. The one-year waiver, approved last month by the Department of Health and Human...
  • Obama Says, “I Think We Should Have Longer School Years” – Video 9/27/10

    09/27/2010 1:26:58 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 27, 2010 | Brian
    More expansion of Government – that always seems to be the answer for this President. Here is video of President Obama saying, “I think we should have longer school years.” He made the statement in answer to a question about whether it was being considered to move to a year-round school year. Obama said he thinks it would benefit students to go to school longer, although he did say it would cost more. But, he said, it “would be money well spent.” Of course, you know where that money will come from.
  • Documentary films ratchet up pressure on teachers unions

    09/24/2010 12:30:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/24/10 | Laurel Rosenhall
    Political pressure on teachers unions has been mounting for months, with national attention focused on charter schools, merit pay and other approaches to education that unions generally hate. Now the pressure is moving to the big screen in a manner sure to pervade the public consciousness in a whole new way. Three new documentary films explore public education, taking stances that have inflamed teachers unions and brought applause from organizations that support charter schools and other union-busting changes. The films criticize tenure and highlight how difficult it is for school districts to fire bad teachers. They present the unions as...
  • France slammed by new strikes over retirement age

    09/23/2010 7:27:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ap ^ | September 23, 2010 | JENNY BARCHFIELD
    French commuters squeezed onto limited trains or fought for rare parking spots Thursday as a second round of strikes against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age to 62 hobbled trains, planes and schools across the country. Fewer than half of the Paris Metro's lines were working normally, according to the RATP public transit network, and about half of France's long-distance trains were being canceled, according to the SNCF state-run rail system. The strikes are seen as a test for the conservative Sarkozy and are being watched elsewhere in Europe, as governments struggle to rein in costs with...
  • Teachers Protest L.A. Times

    09/20/2010 7:57:39 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 20, 2010 | Don Irvine
    The L.A. Unified School District Teachers Union made good on their promise to protest the Los Angeles Times over the papers release of evaluations of over 6,000 teachers in the district. From FishbowlLA The controversy surrounding the LA Times’ decision to publish an online database of teachers’ effectiveness isn’t going away any time soon. Yesterday, hundreds of teachers from the LA Unified School District gathered outside the Times’ downtown headquarters in protest. “I feel, in a way, betrayed,” Lee Bartoletti of Ivanhoe Elementary School in Silver Lake told a Times reporter. “The Times has reneged on its mission of telling...
  • Head Of NJ Teachers' Union Makes $550,000 A Year--2X As Much As Governor, 10X The Average American

    09/14/2010 10:25:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/14/2010 | Gus Lubin
    As Governor Chris Christie goes to war with the NJ teachers union, let's review what he's up against. NJEA director Vince Giordano received $421,615 in salary and $128,508 in deferred compensation last year, according to tax filings released last spring. NJEA president Barbara Keshishian earned $256,450 last year. VP Wendell Steinhauer and Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan were paid $170,974 each. Meanwhile, the governor earned a measly $175,000. Christie's war with the union escalated earlier this summer when a union official suggested praying for the governor's death.
  • Brownsville settles with teacher over Facebook photo with stripper ( Pittsburgh )

    08/18/2010 5:14:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | August 18, 2010 | Paula Reed Ward
    A Spanish teacher in the Brownsville Area School District, she was suspended for 30 days without pay because a photograph of her with a stripper at a colleague's bachelorette party was posted on the popular social networking website. On Tuesday, she said she felt vindicated, as she and her ACLU attorney announced a $10,000 settlement with the district, along with full back pay and a clearing of her disciplinary record. Butch Santicola, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Educators Association, said teachers have to be careful in what photographs they take, what gets posted and where. "This is something that's...
  • Teacher’s Union Media Boycott

    08/17/2010 11:46:18 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 17, 2010 | Don Irvine
    The Los Angeles Times is facing a boycott from the city’s teachers union after publishing a study that analyzed the effectiveness of over 6,000 elementary school teachers. Union president A.J. Duffy instead of praising the study for its transparency and the potential effect it will have on improving teaching and therefore education for students in the L.A. Unified School District is asking other labor groups to join his effort to boycott the paper. The Times isn’t backing down from this threat and is planning on publishing a database of the teacher evaluations after a brief comment period by the teachers...
  • Milwaukee teachers fight for Viagra drug coverage

    08/06/2010 12:42:02 PM PDT · by Justaham · 13 replies ^ | 8-6-10 | RYAN J. FOLEY
    With the district in a financial crisis and hundreds of its members facing layoffs, the Milwaukee teachers union is taking a peculiar stand: fighting to get its taxpayer-funded Viagra back. The union has asked a judge to order the school board to again include Pfizer Inc.'s erectile dysfunction drug and similar pills in its health insurance plans. The filing is the latest in a two-year legal campaign in which the union has argued, so far unsuccessfully, that the board's policy of excluding erectile dysfunction drugs discriminates against male employees. The union says Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and others are necessary treatment...
  • K-12 per pupil cost of $25,000 breaking the country’s budget

    08/02/2010 1:36:04 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 50 replies · 13+ views
    Examiner ^ | Aug 2, 2010 | Kimberly Dvorak
    When you put the education costs per pupil in perspective not only are there big differences between states, but the public and private sectors glean unexpected results. The Cato Institute found public schools can be 93 percent more expensive than private schools. They contend the public school districts are anything but transparent and this creative accounting lends itself to muddy decision making by citizens within a state and district. “A sobering 27 cents of every dollar collected at the state and local level is consumed by the government K-12 education system,” the Cato study reveals. When the country begun its...
  • School Officials in Mass. Town Won't Let Students Recite Pledge of Allegiance

    06/29/2010 3:11:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 79 replies
    FOXNews ^ | June 29, 2010 | Todd Starnes
    When Sean Harrington entered his freshman year at Arlington High School, he noticed something peculiar: There were no American flags in the classrooms, and no one recited the Pledge of Allegiance. So Harrington enlisted the aid of his fellow students, and now, three years later, they have succeeded in getting flags installed in the classrooms. But the pledge still will not be recited. The Arlington, Mass., school committee has rejected the 17-year-old's request to allow students to voluntarily recite the Pledge of Allegiance, because some educators are concerned that it would be hard to find teachers willing to recite it......
  • Labor pain for Albany: A 'judges union'

    05/25/2010 5:41:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies · 261+ views
    The Post ^ | May 23, 2010 | JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN
    State judges are trying to join forces with the state's largest teachers union in a campaign to get raises... Maverick Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Arthur Schack is leading a faction of angry jurists talking to the United Federation of Teachers about putting judges under the umbrella of the local union or its Albany County-based parent, New York State United Teachers. Such a coalition of state judges and a highly politicized labor union would be unprecedented in the country and would open a Pandora's box of ethical issues. The teachers union has had more than a dozen cases before the state...
  • Saturation point: Teachers unions must stop trying to hamstring charter schools

    05/23/2010 2:09:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 604+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | May 22nd 2010
    The future of charter schools in New York hangs on negotiations between City Hall and teachers union President Michael Mulgrew. This is perverse. The United Federation of Teachers is fighting to limit the growth of charters even as the state's application for as much as $700 million in federal Race to the Top money demands letting the number of schools expand. Mulgrew's strategy has been to give the nod to upping the charter cap while trying to make it all but impossible for a sponsor to open one of these privately run, publicly funded academies. For example, by creating barriers...
  • Unbecoming Teachers (NJ Teachers Bad Mouthing Chris Christie)

    05/14/2010 11:29:17 AM PDT · by big black dog · 25 replies · 792+ views
    As their country and state go bankrupt, some New Jersey teachers react to a proposed payfreeze with profanities, fat jokes and comparisons of their governor to Pol Pot and the KKK. Robert Reboli, a basic skills and remedial English teacher at Madison Avenue Elementary School in Irvington, has some advice for his fellow educators as they prepare to fight Gov. Christopher Christie’s proposed state budget: “Never trust a fat fuck.” That’s what Reboli posted on a Facebook group called New Jersey Teachers United Against Governor Chris Christie’s Pay Freeze, which has more than 57,000 fans -- a powerful grass roots...
  • Teachers’ Unions Exposed in The Cartel (New Jersey)

    05/05/2010 9:57:49 AM PDT · by decimon · 8 replies · 761+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 5, 2010 | Christian Toto
    Bob Bowdon knew that tackling the damaged New Jersey public school system in documentary format would give him plenty of raw material. He just didn’t know precisely how much material he’d have from which to choose. “It became kind of like a drug, you’re finding more and more and more of it,” says Bowdon, the mind behind The Cartel, an excoriation of the teachers’ unions ruling New Jersey’s students. “Who at the outset imagines you’d be finding janitors making six figures, or a superintendent making $470,00 one year, the same year he was fired?” Or, for that matter, a veteran...
  • Thousands rally at Illinois Capitol — for a tax increase (WTF???)

    04/23/2010 11:46:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies · 1,525+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/21/2010 | Ray Long and Michelle Manchir
    Thousands of teachers and other union workers descended on the state Capitol on Wednesday and chanted "raise my taxes" to try to pressure politicians to avoid major budget cuts. The vibe was the exact opposite of what you'd find at a tea party rally. But the loud chants barely resonated inside the Capitol, where lawmakers are trying to exit Springfield in a couple of weeks without voting for a tax increase that could jeopardize their re-election chances in little more than six months. "If you try to leave town without doing your job, we're going to chase you," warned union...
  • Capo picketing continues; classrooms trashed

    04/22/2010 2:16:51 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 7 replies · 394+ views
    Student attendance at many Capistrano Unified schools was light Thursday as hundreds of teachers picketed outside the district’s 56 schools, and while schools reported that both picketers and students were generally orderly, at least one high school appears to have been vandalized by unsupervised students. Several classrooms at San Clemente High School were trashed Thursday morning, with desks thrown to the ground and papers scattered around. --------------------------- 2008-09 O.C. teacher base salaries * $76,349: O.C. average K-12 salary * $76,384: Capistrano average salary * $91,127: Highest average (Laguna Beach) * $70,336: Lowest average (Orange Unified) Student witnesses said about a...
  • No New Public School Bailout

    04/21/2010 7:25:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 319+ views ^ | April 21, 2010 | Terry Jeffrey
    The $787 billion stimulus law President Barack Obama signed last year included a $100 billion bailout for the nation's public schools. Last week, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin, the Iowa Democrat, proposed yet another bailout for public schools. This one carries a $23 billion price tag and would cover only the coming school year. Education Secretary Arne Duncan old Congressional Quarterly there could be "between 100,000 and 300,000 layoffs" in the public schools without Harkin's bailout, which the Obama administration supports. "We absolutely see this as an emergency," Duncan told The New York Times. "Emergency" is...
  • N.J. voters make choices about school spending

    04/20/2010 7:11:38 AM PDT · by freelancer · 9 replies · 716+ views
    After all the hue and cry, the political arm-twisting and cuts in state aid, the battle of the New Jersey school budgets comes down to thousands of voters in hundreds of school districts casting ballots today. The past month has seen Gov. Chris Christie reduce state aid to schools by $820 million, then pick a noisy fight with the state’s largest teachers union,
  • Christie Escalates Feud With Teacher's Union

    04/19/2010 5:16:04 PM PDT · by radioone · 26 replies · 857+ views
    JamieWearingFool ^ | 4-19-2010 | JamieWearingFool
    A day ahead of school budget elections statewide, Gov. Chris Christie today escalated his war of words with the state teachers' union, accusing union representatives of "using the students like drug mules" to carry information about whether their parents planned to vote.
  • Anger As School Tells Boys To Dress As Girls ( New Jersey )

    04/18/2010 10:46:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 87 replies · 2,055+ views
    Sky News ^ | April 14, 2010 | Damien Pearse
    An American school has been forced to axe a cross-dressing fashion show featuring eight-year-old boys in women's clothing. Parents in New Jersey were sent letters telling them their boys must wear female clothes - suggesting cheerleader outfits and poodle skirts The show at Maude Wilkins Elementary School was supposed to mark Women's History Month, but sparked outrage from some mums. "My son was very upset," said Janine Giandomenico. "He said, 'Mommy, please don't make me do this.'" Stacy Bowen, a mother of two young children, added: "I was just so outraged. I find it completely alarming that a school would...
  • No Slop Sloppy Joes for Atlantic City Students

    04/16/2010 11:40:18 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 23 replies · 666+ views
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | Friday, Apr. 16, 2010 | TERESA MASTERSON
    Lunch ladies use cheese sandwiches as weapons of mass punishment In the words of Adam Sandler, "No student can escape the magic of Lunch Lady Land.” This holds true for students under the reign of cafeteria workers’ punishment for a food fight at Atlantic City High School this week. Cheese sandwiches were the only items on the lunch menu for high school students Wednesday and Thursday. The two pieces of bread with one slice of orange-colored cheese cuisine was the only offering at the cafeteria as retribution for a cell-phone-coordinated food fight that broke out recently. Parents were outraged. “It’s...
  • NYC to stop paying teachers to do nothing

    04/16/2010 9:33:07 AM PDT · by mainsail that · 19 replies · 683+ views
    AP /MSNBC ^ | 4-16-2010 | AP /MSNBC
    NEW YORK - The city will end the practice of paying teachers to play Scrabble, read or surf the Internet in reassignment centers nicknamed "rubber rooms" as they await disciplinary hearings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the teachers union announced Thursday. The deal will close the centers, where hundreds of educators spend months or years in bureauratic limbo, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year. "It's an absurd abuse of tenure," Bloomberg said.
  • Unholy NJ death wishers

    04/10/2010 10:44:52 PM PDT · by speciallybland · 11 replies · 761+ views
    The New York Post ^ | 04/10/2010 | Carl Campanile
    A furious New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie yesterday tore into the state's teachers union for circulating a memo that featured a prayer for his death. "To pray for my death" is "beyond the pale," said Christie, who has long been waging war against the New Jersey Education Association. The newly elected Republican governor made it clear that he was speaking about the union leaders, not the state's teachers. "I'm sure there are teachers all across New Jersey who . . . are going to be ashamed. Ashamed to be a part of a union leadership that would actually pray for...
  • Note to Self: Don’t Put Jokes Wishing for the Death of My Governor in Official Memos

    04/10/2010 10:04:21 AM PDT · by SalAOR · 7 replies · 438+ views
    Axis of Right ^ | 4/10/2010 | Ryan
    I think the title says it all. In New Jersey, the Bergen County Education Association President Joseph Coppola passed this joke along in an official email to some 17,000 members: “Dear lord, this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.” Meh. What’s funny is that about a week ago I got the exact same chain email from a friend with minor differences: it was about a our...
  • They Prefer Alinsky

    03/16/2010 6:11:28 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 4 replies · 327+ views
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 03/16/2010 | Richard Williams
    With all the phony academic hand-wringing and whining over the Texas textbook debate, you think you would have heard one, just one (Come on, can I hear just ONE!?), academic express concern about the most powerful teacher's union in the United State, the NEA, embracing and recommending this book for its "non-partisan" and "apolitical" teachers and members: Rules For Radicals, by Saul Alinsky . . .
  • Teachers' union leads list of biggest political spenders($200mn lobbying fund)

    03/10/2010 7:43:10 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 293+ views
    SacBee ^ | 03/10/10
    March 10, 2010 Teachers' union leads list of biggest political spenders The California Teachers Association has spent more than $200 million on campaign contributions and lobbying efforts in the last decade, leading what the Fair Political Practices Commission calls a "billion-dollar club" of moneyed political interests. The FPPC's report, entitled "Big Money Talks," delves into the 25 biggest - at least in financial terms - political players in the state, which have collectively spent $1.3 billion on political action in the last 10 years. "This tsunami of special interest spending drowns out the voices of average voters," FPPC chairman Ross...
  • 2,000 grades raised at Chicago Public Schools' Hyde Park Academy

    03/10/2010 10:03:39 AM PST · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 23 replies · 887+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 3/10/10 | Rosalind Rossi and Art Golab
    Last school year at struggling Hyde Park Academy High, more than 2,000 grades were boosted at least one notch — including more than 870 F’s that were changed to passing marks, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis shows. And this school year, blanket A’s were ordered issued to all students of five new Hyde Park teachers after the students suffered through a string of substitute teachers for most of the first quarter, a letter obtained by the Sun-Times shows.(snip)...complaints from dozens of teachers that their grades were changed last school year without their approval.(snip)...pressure to goose up grades is “part of the...
  • Oakland teachers set one-day strike March 24

    03/04/2010 12:58:52 PM PST · by SmithL · 32 replies · 566+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/4/10 | Jill Tucker
    Oakland teachers have set a one-day strike for March 24, an action that could shut down schools unless district officials make major concessions at the bargaining table, union officials said Wednesday. The strike could leave parents scrambling for child care and force the financially strapped district to decide whether to keep schools open with administrators and support staff in classrooms or tell students to stay home. Teachers who represent the union at the school sites cast the strike votes this week, and the result was overwhelmingly for the one-day walkout, an action the union's general membership, which includes 2,700 teachers,...