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  • Connecticut unions brace for Supreme Court decision with protests, membership changes

    06/13/2018 10:46:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Yankee Institute ^ | Jun 13, 2018 | Marc E. Fitch
    With a U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Janus v. AFCSME case expected any day, Connecticut’s public sector unions are trying to convince members not to opt-out of membership if the Supreme Court decides in favor of Mark Janus. The Connecticut State Employees Association and the American Federation of Teachers informed their members of a Freedom of Information request for union members’ contact information that originated out of Illinois. Leaders say this information could be used for an opt-out campaign in the wake of a positive Janus decision. ... A decision in favor of Janus would essentially make Connecticut a...
  • Facing declining membership, teachers unions now say anyone can join....

    05/29/2018 12:59:00 PM PDT · by caww · 20 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 5/29/2018 | Kate Hardimen
    Teachers' unions are changing their tactics to maintain 'political clout' and salvage potential losses...Their new message? Anyone can join the union. A new membership category called “Community Allies,” open to “any person who demonstrates support in advancing the cause of public education.” It is of dubious legality, as unions are created to represent employees in a certain field, not to wield political influence. Yet, if this plan succeeds, the National Educators Association will be able to solicit these new “members” for PAC donations, a fact that could extend their political reach even further beyond where it is now. The National...
  • Teacher union president suspended after allegedly saying 'I'm here to defend even the worst people'

    05/03/2018 6:39:53 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    NJMedia nj.com ^ | May 3, 2018
    A Hamilton Township school employee has been suspended after a hidden camera video appeared to depict him saying he would downplay and not report an incident of a teacher beating a student. The video was published Wednesday on YouTube by Project Veritas -- which the New Jersey Education Association said has used "illegal tactics to "fabricate false stories" -- and identifies the employee as Hamilton Township Education Association President David R. Perry.
  • Hamilton teachers union prez resigns over Project Veritas fallout

    05/13/2018 1:36:37 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 15 replies
    The Trentonian ^ | POSTED: 05/11/18, 8:58 PM EDT | UPDATED: 1 DAY AGO | Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, The Trentonian
    Dave Perry in a screenshot from the Project Veritas video. HAMILTON >> The Hamilton teachers union boss who got suspended for making inappropriate comments to an undercover Project Veritas newswoman has stepped aside. “I can confirm that David Perry resigned as HTEA president effective Thursday, May 3,” a spokesman for the New Jersey Education Association said Friday via email. ... snip ... Some of Perry’s eyebrow-raising quotes during the encounter on March 27 were: “I’m not here to hurt anybody. I’m here to defend. No matter, the worst teachers in the world, I have defended.” “I got people who are...
  • The Decline and Fall of the American Teachers Unions

    05/06/2018 8:32:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 6, 2018 | Arthur Schaper
    When I started out in education, the teachers union reps would tell me, “We are here to protect you.” However, what I learned on the job—and after leaving the profession altogether—is that unions protect unions, not the individual workers, and definitely not the kids. In many states, first-year teachers pay the union dues, even if they do not formally join the union, but get no protection. The classic phrase among veteran teachers is “you can be fired for the cut of your hair.” As for the core interests of these public sector legal mobs, teachers’ union strikes have erupted all...
  • 2nd N.J. teachers union prez suspended after undercover video

    05/03/2018 9:47:30 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | May 3, 2018 | Terrence T. McDonald
    The Union City teachers union chief is under fire after the release of an undercover video that shows her denigrating some of the city's public-school students, suggesting a teacher not report that he hurt a student and referring to a Union City teacher who had sex with a child but was not charged criminally. Conservative group Project Veritas, which has been slammed by the statewide teachers union for "using dishonest and illegal tactics to fabricate false stories," released the 15-minute video on Wednesday morning, one day following the release of a similar video that resulted in the suspension of a...
  • The Lie Factory on Education and Teacher Salaries

    05/03/2018 3:25:54 AM PDT · by ImaGraftedBranch · 122 replies
    Market ticker ^ | 5/3/2018 | Karl Deninger
    The latest screamfest from the various teacher's groups is that they're "grossly underpaid." Well, no. First, let's not forget that teachers are paid for 12 months but work 9. Indeed the "standard" school year is 180 days. The standard man-year of work is 2,000 hours -- 40 hours across 50 weeks. But 180 days is 1,440 hours, not 2,000, or 72% of a standard work-year. And before you talk about "overtime" do realize that professionals don't get paid overtime. I never did as a professional writing code or building networks for other people. It's a professional job, and is exempt...
  • GUEST COLUMN: The real story of teachers' walk-ins and outs ( Colorado: NEA unions )

    04/27/2018 5:40:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Gazette ^ | April 26, 2018 | Kim Monson
    What do the three pictured flags have in common? The first is the flag of the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics). Estimates are that 40,000,000 to 60,000,000 people lost their lives under the rule of Stalin's iron fist. The third is the Chinese flag. Everyday hard-working people did not fare well in Mao's China either. Anywhere from 49,000,000 to 78,000,000 died under Mao's communist society. In the middle is the flyer that teachers' unions distributed to Colorado teachers with their Walk-Ins tool-kit encouraging Englewood's teachers to protest and walk out of class recently. Additionally, the teachers' unions are organizing...
  • Idaho Teachers and Students Win Climate Change Debate

    03/09/2018 9:32:19 PM PST · by mdittmar · 48 replies
    National Education Association ^ | March 8, 2018 | Mary Ellen Flannery
    After several years of often rancorous debate—and more back-and-forth action than a beach restoration project Idaho lawmakers finally have decided that climate change will be taught in Idaho schools. “It’s a wonderful thing for for our state and its students!” said Coeur d’Alene environmental science teacher Jamie Esler, who served on a state committee of award-winning educators, parents, and scientists that developed the K12 science standards.The science standards developed by the highly qualified committee, over painstaking months of work, maintain “integrity around the science of climate,” and will enable Idaho science teachers to fully educate their students about human-caused climate...
  • New York City to Begin Putting 'Absent Reserve' Teachers Back in Classrooms. But Who Are They?

    11/19/2017 1:48:45 PM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Education Week ^ | October 27, 2017 | Liana Loewus
    Hundreds of New York City teachers who'd lost their full-time positions but stayed on the payroll will be headed back to classrooms within the next few weeks. About a third of those teachers, it turns out, have faced legal or disciplinary charges. The city's education department announced this summer that schools that hadn't filled all their teaching positions by Oct. 15 would be assigned educators from the "absent teacher reserve" pool. According to a spokesman at the New York City Department of Education, the "matches" between teachers and schools are being made now, and those teachers will go into schools...
  • Denver school board election mailer’s false statement about ‘for-profit charter school’ ...

    10/27/2017 7:43:02 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 4 replies
    Denverite ^ | October 26, 2017 12:43 pm | Eric Gorski
    School board elections, like all elections, brim with harsh accusations, cherry-picked data and political posturing. An election mailer from an independent committee trying to influence the outcome of a hard-fought race in northeast Denver goes a step further, falsely stating that the school district is “ceding space to a for-profit charter school” on one of its campuses.
  • Teachers union granted restraining order against Project Veritas

    09/30/2017 9:24:29 AM PDT · by Kalamata · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 30, 2017 | Melissa Quinn
    "The restraining order, granted Friday by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Brian Sullivan, prevents Project Veritas and Marisa Jorge, who allegedly works for the organization, from releasing video footage and information obtained during an operation at the Michigan chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. AFT alleged Jorge used a fake name, Marissa Perez, to land an internship with AFT Michigan starting in May, "ostensibly to obtain material Project Veritas could use in one of its infamously misleading hit videos," according to a complaint filed in court."
  • Middle school PE teacher arrested for sex with student

    08/16/2017 11:39:13 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 64 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 15, 2017 | Fox News
    A former middle school gym teacher was arrested Monday for a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Monday. Shawnetta D. Reece, 40, of Blairsville, was sexually involved with the student in 2013, the agency said in a news release. Reece was arrested after the Union County Sheriff’s Office received information on the alleged relationship, and asked the GBI to assist with the investigation. “The student was moving from the 8th grade into the 9th grade during this time,” the news release stated. “As a result of the investigation, Reece has been arrested for child...
  • CA Teachers Union Official Admits to Hitting Students, Covering Up For Other Abusive Teachers

    03/21/2017 4:19:17 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/21/17 | Katy Grimes
    News reports of the Project Veritas teachers union investigations appear to be more upset with the undercover investigation than the teachers and union reps covering up child abuse A teachers union video released this week by Project Veritas shows a California teachers union covering up for abusive teachers. In the video, a San Francisco teachers union official admits he has hit students before, but “made it look like an accident.”
  • Project Veritas - James O'Keefe - Teacher's Unions Continued

    03/21/2017 1:51:08 PM PDT · by johnk · 2 replies
    Project Veritas ^ | 3/21/17 | James O'Keefe
    CA Teachers Union Official Admits That He Has Hit Students Before, But “Made It Look Like an Accident” Published on Mar 21, 2017 This video by James O'Keefe exposes a San Francisco teachers union official admitting that he hit a student. Antonio Mankini of San Francisco United Educators was caught on hidden-camera telling a journalist about his experience with hitting students. Two Project Veritas journalists went undercover–one posed as a friend of a teacher who hit a student, and the second posed as the teacher himself. When the teacher expressed guilt, Mankini told him not to worry because there was...
  • The Number of Children in L.A. Is Shrinking — Which Could Be a Disaster

    03/09/2017 4:41:20 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    LA Weekly, ^ | MARCH 2, 2017 | HILLEL ARON
    LAUSD .. schools are under-enrolled. "There are places where we have schools that are basically four blocks away from each other — and at a time, that made sense," Rodriguez says. Now, he says, "Buildings built for 1,000 kids may have something like 400. "It's expensive." ... Today, LAUSD's enrollment is around 514,000, a number that the district estimates will fall below half a million by 2018. But L.A. Unified's costs have not gone down. They've gone up. This year's $7.59 billion budget is half a billion dollars more than last year's. The nation's second largest school district is facing...
  • Teachers union president backs Ellison for DNC chair

    02/17/2017 12:26:10 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    Thje Hill ^ | February 17, 2017 | By Lydia Wheeler
    Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on Friday picked up the backing of the head of the nation’s largest teachers union in his bid to lead the Democratic National Committee. In a statement announcing her personal endorsement, National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen García said she knows Ellison will be a unifying force for Democrats. “Keith’s emphasis and well-documented commitment to party building and grassroots organizing in every community is exactly what we need as the nation finds itself at a crossroad under the divisive Trump administration,” she said. Eskelsen García’s endorsement comes just hours after the Service Employees International Union called...
  • GOP Senators opposing Betsy DeVos are well funded by teachers unions

    02/02/2017 8:13:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/01/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday, Ed Morrissey gave an excellent review of the tenuous position Betsy DeVos is in when we come to a vote on her confirmation as the next head of the Department of Education. What might have been another close, but doable vote in the Senate has been placed in jeopardy by the decision of Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski to vote against DeVos, leaving us with the possibility that Vice President Mike Pence might have to break the tie. (This, I believe, would be a first in American history for cabinet appointments.)So how did these two arrive at...
  • GOP Defectors Have Received Thousands From Teachers Union [Murkowski, Collins]

    02/01/2017 5:24:05 PM PST · by markomalley · 60 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/1/17 | Bill McMorris
    The two Republicans who broke ranks with their party and announced they would vote against education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos have received thousands of dollars from the nation's largest teachers union.Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) and Susan Collins (R., Maine) have each benefited from contributions from the National Education Association. Collins received $2,000 from the union in 2002 and 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Murkowski, meanwhile, has received $23,500.The NEA represents 3 million members, making it the wealthiest and most influential union in the country. The NEA, along with other labor groups like the American Federation of Teachers, has waged a fierce campaign against...
  • Teachers in Philadelphia plan a Black Lives Matter week

    01/13/2017 8:51:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2017 6:19 PM EST | Kristen DeGroot
    A teachers’ organization in Philadelphia is encouraging teachers to wear Black Lives Matter T-shirts and buttons and provide lessons on the movement every day for one week. The Caucus of Working Educators, a faction of the teachers union, is developing lessons plans and curriculum ideas for teachers of grades from kindergarten through high school for the week of Jan. 23. The plans, distilled from the movement’s 13 guiding principles, such as embracing diversity and globalism, will be available online, organizers said Friday. “The vast majority of students that we serve are black, and it’s important to affirm the lives of...