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  • Oprah Show- Waiting For "Superman" (truth about teachers' unions)

    09/21/2010 11:21:00 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 11 replies
    It's the movement that could revolutionize America's schools. •The shocking state of our schools •Meet the children from the film *snip* ~ ~ ~ School Choice: What Are Your Options? ### School choice options available to parents have increased dramatically in recent years. There's a growing national sentiment that promoting competition in public education may spur schools to improve and that parents who invest energy in choosing a school will continue to be involved in their child's education. How much choice do you have? It depends. The amount of choice varies from one school district to another and varies from...
  • Dems' true priority

    08/12/2010 3:20:35 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 12, 2010 | Editorial
    Voters' focus on spending forced Democrats to make a telling choice this week -- between public unions and folks on food stamps. Guess who they picked? Yup: To fund another bailout -- $26 billion to save teaching and other government jobs -- Dems cut money meant to feed the poor. President Obama inked the bill Tuesday -- to great cheers (natch) from teachers. True, food-stamp spending will still go up, but not by as much. Dems also hiked taxes again, by $10 billion. Yet the Congressional Budget Office says even that isn't enough: The measure will bloat the deficit another...
  • Education jobs bill is motivated by politics

    08/10/2010 5:26:44 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 5 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 6, 2010 | Editorial board
    TO GOVERN is to choose, and nothing lays bare a government's true priorities like the choices it makes about spending taxpayers' money. In that regard, the Senate's decision to spend $10 billion on education jobs this week is revealing -- and deeply discouraging. The crusade for an education jobs bill, led by the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress, has always struck us as more of an election-year favor for teachers unions than an optimal use of public resources. Billed as an effort to stimulate the economy, it's not clearly more effective than alternative uses of the cash. Yes,...
  • Teacher unions fighting accountability

    08/03/2010 9:59:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies · 8+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 07.31.10 | Leonard Pitts
    school principals should have the power to fire teachers who do not perform. As numerous educators have told me, union protections being what they are, dumping a teacher -- even a bad one -- is an almost impossible task. Americans seem to be rallying around a demand for education reform. Apparently, we've had enough of students failing schools and schools failing students. We know our kids are capable of better -- and that in a competitive, hyper-connected world where China is rising and India aspiring, not delivering better is no longer an option. Unfortunately, whenever anyone seeks to require better,...
  • Well-Schooled

    07/22/2010 6:37:26 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 22, 2010 | Deborah Lambert
    Well-Schooled , Twenty years ago, when corporate America was knocking on the doors of Ivy League schools, 1989 Princeton graduate Wendy Kopp signed on with Morgan Stanley. But not for long. Teaching was her passion, not finance, but instead of getting the traditional education degree and certification, she decided to start her own organization. Today, Teach for America (TFA), originally the topic of Kopp’s senior thesis, has become a $180 million project that has already made positive strides to improve the quality of public education, according to the Wall Street Journal. Kopp says that TFA’s current 46,000 applicant pool “includes...
  • An Inconvenient Truth for Schools Debuts on Island (New Documentary)

    07/16/2010 8:42:40 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Waiting for Superman is the new documentary by the same people who made An Inconvenient Truth, and this film sets out to do with regard to public education in America what its predecessor did with regard to climate and energy policy. That is, to expose the manifest failings of the system, point to the culprits for those failings and, finally, to suggest remedies. Making the case that the American education system is failing is probably the least contentious part of that process. The statistics on American educational underachievement are far less disputed than those on global warming. And the movie...
  • Massachusetts School Offers to Allow Pledge of Allegiance -- but Not in Class

    06/30/2010 11:12:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    fox ^ | June 29, 2010 | Todd Starnes
    Student Sean Harrington appears to have won his fight to bring the Pledge of Allegiance back into his Massachusetts high school -- except the principal's proposed solution leaves the daily honor to the nation's flag literally hanging in the hall. Charles Skidmore, principal of Arlington High School in Arlington, Mass., has offered to allow students to recite the pledge before school begins -- but in the school's foyer and not in the classrooms, as 17-year-old Harrington had hoped. Kathleen Bodie, Arlington superintendent of schools, told Fox News Radio that “The principal wanted to be very respectful about the pledge and...
  • Democrats add teacher money to war funding bill

    06/29/2010 10:51:46 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 17 replies
    AP via Breitbart ^ | June 30, 2010 | By ANDREW TAYLOR
    House Democrats, who are trying to pass a long-stalled war funding bill this week, have attached $10 billion to help school districts avoid teacher layoffs when schools reopen. The approximately $70 billion measure is anchored by President Barack Obama's $30 billion request for the troop surge in Afghanistan and contains money for disaster aid accounts, foreign aid and disability benefits for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange. The bill's release late Tuesday night was the surest signal yet that House leaders are committed to passing it this week, despite great resistance among many Democratic lawmakers and deepening anxiety over the...
  • What the teachers hate

    06/26/2010 3:01:46 AM PDT · by Scanian · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 26, 2010 | Editorial
    Ever wonder why the teachers unions hate charter schools so much? Here's one reason. State test scores this week showed 100 percent of eighth-graders in the Harlem Village Academies achieved proficiency in science and social studies. By contrast, in Harlem's traditional public schools, only 35 percent of eighth-graders made the grade in science, and 22 percent in social studies. This continues a trend: New York charters -- public schools that operate free of union work rules and bureaucratic mandates -- are wildly outperforming their traditional counterparts in student test scores, graduation rates, college acceptances and other measures.
  • Seniors Across America to Host Local Meetings, Participate in Health Care Tele-Town Hall Meeting...

    06/07/2010 10:38:51 PM PDT · by Cindy · 25 replies · 88+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | June 7, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/seniors-across-america-host-local-meetings-participate-health-care-tele-town-hall-m Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 07, 2010 Seniors Across America to Host Local Meetings, Participate in Health Care Tele-Town Hall Meeting with President Obama Senior Obama Administration Officials to Attend Local Meetings WASHINGTON—On Tuesday morning, senior citizens across the country will gather at a series of local meetings to participate via phone in a national tele-town hall meeting on the Affordable Care Act with President Barack Obama. Additionally, more than a dozen senior Obama Administration officials will...
  • Gov. Christie To Teachers' Unions: "You Punch Them, I Punch You"

    06/04/2010 8:26:40 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 51 replies · 2,081+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 4, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ): "The fight is about who is going to run public education in New Jersey. The parents and the people they elect or the mindless, faceless union leaders who decide that they're going to be the ones who run it because they have the money and the authority to bully around school boards and local councils. So, listen, I know I don't make myself the most popular guy in the world by having this fight, but [if] we don't win this fight, there's no other fights left. This is the fight we have to fight, this is...
  • Governor Chris Christie Rips Into Teachers Unions!

    06/03/2010 6:58:48 AM PDT · by Brittany Pounders · 18 replies · 623+ views
    www.LibertyJuice.com ^ | June 3, 2010 | Brittany Pounders
    Governor Chris Christie makes news again with his courage on taking on one of the most powerful and corrupt unions in America…the Teacher’s Unions! “Parents and children who are being failed by a public school system who’s costs are exorbitant and who’s results are insulting, deserve a choice!… There are over 5 million children trapped in over 10,000 failing public schools around America…I use the word trapped directly. They are trapped by an educational buraecracy, they are trapped by a selfish, self-interested, greedy school union that cares more about putting money in their own pocket and the pocket of their...
  • Public education: Heroic bellyachers

    05/24/2010 3:26:32 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 12 replies · 327+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | May 24, 2010 | Editorial
    If some teachers were heroic, so-called by one "town leader" in Connecticut in a recent published report, because they took a pay freeze this year or next, what term describes all the private-sector people who have taken pay cuts or lost their jobs in the Chris Dodd Bear Market and Recession so public-sector unionists could remain employed? The Connecticut Education Association asserts that of the 69 three-year contracts its affiliates negotiated this year, 44 froze wages for one year. Moreover, the CEA whines, union members are paying more for their health insurance. But how many of those contracts also froze...
  • 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...
  • Obama Administration Makes Emergency Funding Request for Teachers (Hussein's $26B Bailout)

    05/14/2010 2:27:22 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 44 replies · 1,165+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/14/10 | Stephen Clark
    Despite President Obama's pledge for honest budgeting and billions of dollars in stimulus money spent to save teachers' jobs, the Education Department is asking for off-the-books emergency funding to keep local districts from laying off school teachers next school year. Education Secretary Arne Duncan sent Democratic lawmakers a request Thursday to pass a $26 billion emergency supplemental to fund up to 300,000 teachers' jobs that he says will otherwise be lost in the fall.
  • Bouncing rubber rooms

    04/17/2010 3:14:26 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies · 360+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 16, 2010 | Editorial
    Hallelujah! Maybe the most shameful feature of the New York City public school system -- its infamous network of "rubber rooms" -- will soon be history. The Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers yesterday announced that the rooms -- essentially detention centers where teachers accused of misconduct while away months and years at full pay -- will be eliminated entirely come the fall. For more than three years, The Post doggedly campaigned against the rubber rooms -- where hundreds of teachers and administrators got paid for doing absolutely nothing, at a cost of $40 million a year...
  • Union Memo Hints At Gov.'s Death (NJ Teachers Union)

    04/09/2010 7:22:12 AM PDT · by bamahead · 43 replies · 1,661+ views
    WCBSTV New York ^ | April 8, 2010
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn't laughing about a teachers union's memo that hints of his death. The memo is the latest salvo in a war of words between Christie and the union over wage and benefits concessions. The Record of Bergen County obtained the Bergen County Education Association memo that includes a closing prayer: "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." Association president...
  • Escalante Stood and Delivered. It's Our Turn

    04/02/2010 7:05:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies · 900+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 2, 2010 | ANDREW J. COULSON
    Jaime Escalante, the brilliant public school teacher immortalized in the 1988 film, "Stand and Deliver," died this week at the age of 79. With the help of a few dedicated colleagues at Garfield High in East Los Angeles, he shattered the myth that poor inner-city kids couldn't handle advanced math. At the peak of its success, Garfield produced more students who passed Advanced Placement calculus than Beverly Hills High. In any other field, his methods would have been widely copied. Instead, Escalante's success was resented. And while the teachers union contract limited class sizes to 35, Escalante could not bring...
  • Judge Says God Can Stay in American Schools

    03/01/2010 11:24:56 AM PST · by eRtwngr · 30 replies · 559+ views
    Blogspot ^ | 3/1/2010 | eRtwngr
    I don't usually just repeat someone else's website posting but this one from Thomas More is so important I'll copy it verbatim here. This case shows how radically anti-American the union obsessed public school system has become. Without folks like TMLC to stand up to them, who knows where they'll lead our kids. They must be stopped!
  • Teachers Union Launches Effort To Repeal Corporate Tax Breaks

    02/26/2010 7:25:08 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies · 515+ views
    LATimes ^ | February 26, 2010
    Teachers Union Launches Effort To Repeal Corporate Tax Breaks February 26, 2010 The California Teachers Assn. has contributed more than $630,000 over the last two weeks to repeal new tax breaks for corporations, which are scheduled to go into effect this summer. The union has formed a new committee called Taxpayers for Jobs and Against Corporate Handouts, with the aim of qualifying a ballot measure for November that would maintain current law on how corporate taxes are calculated. Under a budget agreement reached in February 2009, new laws for business taxation are to go into effect this summer. The changes...