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  • Union leader derides Obama education chief

    07/11/2014 7:16:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2014 9:21 PM EDT | Michael R. Blood
    The president of the nation’s second-largest teachers union said Friday that President Barack Obama’s education chief has turned his back on the concerns of educators and parents, but she stopped short of calling for his ouster. Teachers unions have been clashing with the Obama administration over its support for charter schools and its push to use student test scores as part of teacher evaluations, a relationship that further frayed after Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke in support of a California judge’s ruling last month that struck down tenure and other job protections for the state’s public school teachers. …
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Learn More. Go Further. [Pro-Common Core Propaganda Web Site. Know Thy Enemy!]

    04/23/2014 1:49:16 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Learnmoregofurther.org ^ | A bunch of central planners
    ...The National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), among other organizations were instrumental in bringing together teachers to provide specific, constructive feedback on the standards.
  • Blast email from our teachers' union

    03/17/2014 8:18:00 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    March 17, 2014
    ... XYZ educators are highly qualified, responsive teachers who work extremely hard to continue to provide exemplary education for your children. Among these highly qualified teachers we have Fulbright scholars, National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipients, and National Board Certified Educators. We regularly work beyond what the contract asks of us so that your children receive outstanding educational opportunities. Teachers often provide extra help to students before and after their contractual time. They attend evening events and accompany students on out of state field trips and competitions. Teachers voluntarily write many letters of recommendations for students. Without a new...
  • Mayor De Blasio vs. Minority Children: Defender of the powerless or of the teachers’ unions?

    03/11/2014 7:38:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/11/2014 | Mona Charen
    Just try to envision the scene: A newly elected Republican mayor of a large American city takes steps to close down some of the best schools serving an almost exclusively minority population. You know how it would go. We’d be hearing that Republicans “hate” the poor. The words “cruel,” “vicious,” and “racist” would circle the new mayor like sharks. News organizations would examine where the mayor sent his own children, and his hypocrisy would be fiercely denounced. It is, of course, the new Democratic mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, who is shutting down a number of highly successful...
  • Teacher union's lesson plan for failure ($40 Million? No Thanks)

    01/22/2014 8:38:05 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    Trib Live ^ | 01/20/2014 | Richard Berman
    When the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offered Pittsburgh Public Schools $40 million, it was a godsend to the cash-strapped school system. But to the American Federation of Teachers, the city's teachers union, and AFT President Randi Weingarten, the idea that school funding might be tied to improving children's education was anathema. The grant had to go. The Gates foundation's criteria were straightforward: The school district and teachers needed to agree on a method to evaluate classroom performance and to hold teachers accountable for their performance. The union and the district agreed on a metric, but now the AFT and...
  • Chicago Teachers Union Demands Schools Close Monday Due To Weather

    01/05/2014 1:54:20 PM PST · by matt04 · 61 replies
    The Chicago Teachers Union is demanding that CPS close all schools due to the extreme cold that is forecast for Monday. “Right now, CPS and the City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management are sending confusing and mixed messages to the public about what to do,” said CTU President Karen GJ Lewis in a press release. “We believe common sense would dictate that CPS should close schools with at least 10 inches of snow already on the ground and a record-breaking low temperature of -10 degrees forecast for Monday.” ... Schools throughout the Chicago area have announced school closings for...
  • Liberals, Unions and Teachers Find New Uses for Dead Children

    12/19/2013 8:53:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2013 | John Ransom
    Note: This article contains explicit language that some readers might find offensive. Liberals in Ohio have used the death of a 14-year-old homeschooler in order to try to pass legislation that would require all homeschooling families to first have a home visit by some bureaucrat or another to see if they’re worthy enough for homeschooling. 14-year old Teddy Foltz was pulled out of school by his mother because teachers suspected child abuse, the story goes. The child was subsequently beaten to death by the mother's boyfriend who is now serving a life sentence for murder and is eligible for parole...
  • Michigan teachers union demands $10K severance pay for child molester teacher

    12/13/2013 9:02:49 AM PST · by grundle · 13 replies
    hotair.com ^ | December 13, 2013
    The Michigan Education Association is going to arbitration to try to force the West Branch-Rose City school district to pay a former teacher who was convicted of molesting a student a $10,000 severance buyout. The father of the victim is outraged, calling the union’s efforts on behalf of the sex criminal “ludicrous” and saying any school money due to the teacher should go to his son, who is “out there trying to make it in this world all messed up.” Neal Erickson, a former math teacher at Rose City Middle School, was convicted this summer of raping a young student...
  • 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...
  • Teacher's Union Investigates Jewish Dad Who Complained about Liberal Bias

    11/08/2013 6:29:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Josh Barry, of Camp Hill, Penn., wants to know why the president of the local teacher’s union thinks he’s a neo-Nazi after he complained about a classroom assignment that he believed to be biased. “I’m Jewish and my wife is half-black, half-white,” Barry told me in a telephone interview. “I am the furthest thing from a neo-Nazi.” Last week, his daughter’s eighth grade American History class at East Pennsboro Middle School was asked to analyze a New York Times story about the recent government shutdown. Barry, who said he is a registered independent, read the story and then read a...
  • We need a war on poverty, not teachers

    11/08/2013 2:36:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | November 7, 2013 | David Sirota
    The right loves to demonize unions, but economic factors are much more important to success in the classroom Google the phrase “education crisis” and you’ll be hit with a glut of articles, blog posts and think tank reports claiming the entire American school system is facing an emergency. Much of this agitprop additionally asserts that teachers unions are the primary cause of the alleged problem. Not surprisingly, the fabulists pushing these narratives are often backed by anti-public school conservatives and anti-union plutocrats. But a little-noticed study released last week provides yet more confirmation that neither the “education crisis” meme nor...
  • "Why Teachers' Unions Want Sex Offenders In Your Child's Classroom"

    10/27/2013 12:38:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2013 | Kevin McCullough
    This past week the most prominent teachers' unions made it painfully obvious, they are on the side of the sex offender, rapist, and murderer who has been convicted. They are not now (and pretty much never have been) on the side of your child. They claim to represent the interests of teachers. Yet I am hard pressed to find an average teacher who feels like the unions have done pretty much anything for them. The average teacher just feels the pinch when the union bosses take the dues from their paychecks and threaten any who dare to "get out of...
  • Teachers union refusing to assist with 400 misconduct cases

    09/28/2013 6:26:48 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 27, 2013 | Yoav Gonen
    The city’s public school system has a backlog of more than 400 teacher disciplinary cases because the teachers union is refusing to help appoint hearing officers as required, a new lawsuit brought by the city charges. The foot-dragging by the United Federation of Teachers has led to the appointment of just 19 arbitrators to oversee teacher misconduct and incompetence cases – well shy of the minimum number of 39 agreed to back in 2010, the Manhattan court papers say. “Year after year they keep delaying and the backlog keeps getting bigger,” Mayor Bloomberg said on his weekly WOR radio appearance...
  • Peńa Wins Big on Education Reform

    09/04/2013 1:52:06 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    The American Interest ^ | September 4, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    Mexican President Peña Nieto’s education reform sailed through the Senate today, finally clearing the biggest hurdle to passage. The vote, a major victory for Peña, comes amid resistance from the country’s powerful teachers unions, who were dead set against the law and vowed to challenge it through a series of protests in the country’s capital. One of the country’s largest unions has vowed to continue the protests despite losing the vote, but it’s now nearly a certainty that the new, sorely needed reforms will go into effect. As ABC News notes, Mexico’s teacher’s unions enjoy near-total control over the country’s education system, including...
  • Why Democrats Love Failing Schools: Because Unions Pay Them To

    08/27/2013 6:58:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    It is now official. For all their talk about education’s failings, and all their feigned interest in bettering the educational system, liberals once again have proven that they hate giving the disadvantaged the same opportunities as the privileged. According to Fox News, the Justice Department is trying to stop a school vouchers program in Louisiana that attempts to place children in independent schools instead of under-performing public schools. So, apparently it’s all about “the kids”. . . Unless Teacher’s Unions are set to lose a dollar. Louisiana is one of a few states that have implemented a very limited voucher...
  • Neal Erickson Supported By The Teachers [teachers defend child molester]

    08/14/2013 12:42:52 PM PDT · by grundle · 17 replies
    Full title: Justice For The Janczewski’s – Their Son Repeatedly Raped For Years By Middle School Teacher, Neal Erickson, Who Was President of The Michigan Teacher’s Union and Even Now Supported By The Teachers…. This is a story that SCREAMS for attention. In Michigan a family has been, and continues to be, brutalized by a systemic rot within the school system. A rot that perpetrates, and unbelievably as it sounds, excuses CHILD RAPE – despite the community outrage. This just came onto our radar screen. However, a cursory review shows this storyline has a similar disposition to the Penn State,...
  • Father of molested student talks about his outrage toward seven teachers who supported the rapist

    08/14/2013 12:36:29 PM PDT · by grundle · 42 replies
    EAG News ^ | August 13, 2013 | Victor Skinner
    ROSE CITY, Mich. – August 19 is the crucial day.At 7 p.m. in the Ogemaw Heights High School auditorium, the Rose City community will learn the fate of seven West Branch-Rose City teachers who recently wrote letters in support of a colleague convicted of molesting a young student.John and Lori Janczewski, the victim’s parents, want the teachers fired. They also want school board member Michael Eagan – who sat with the family of convicted child molester Neal Erickson during his sentencing – recalled from office.“We had been quiet … and sat back and said nothing,” John Janczewski said of the...
  • Leniency Letters from West Branch Rose City Teachers [Teachers defend child molester]

    08/14/2013 11:05:18 AM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    Leniency Letters from West Branch Rose City Teachers Thursday, July 18, 2013 Related Links NEW!  Michigan Department of Corrections Neal Erickson Neal Erickson Facebook Page Parents angry over school staff's support of convicted child molester Tempers flare at school board meeting after teacher convicted of sex crimes Tempers boil over during school board meeting Ogemaw County teacher arrested on criminal sex charges Ogemaw Heights teacher arrested on criminal sex charges Ogemaw Heights teacher arrested on sex charges Neal Erickson Erickson sentenced to 15-30 years in prison Erickson pleads guilty to first-degree CSC Rose City MS teacher charged with first-degree...
  • Sebelius: Kids 'So Far Behind' by 3rd Grade 'May As Well Drop Out'

    06/13/2013 7:51:43 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 130 replies
    CNS News ^ | 06/12/2013 | Penny Starr
    Children who don’t get a pre-kindergarten education, ideally from birth to age 5, might fall behind and “may as well drop out” by third grade, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said on Wednesday at an event to garner support for President Barack Obama's $75-billion proposal to increase pre-school enrollment across the country.
  • Teacher unions undermine classroom achievement

    06/12/2013 5:39:32 PM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Mpls. Star Tribune ^ | 6/11/13 | GARY MARVIN DAVISON
    Unions such as Education Minnesota represent the greatest barrier to improving teacher quality. Teachers unions such as Education Minnesota consistently promote practices that undermine excellence in the classroom. Education Minnesota is the second best funded lobbying force in the state, eclipsed only by the National Rifle Association. Having aided the election of Gov. Mark Dayton and a DFL-controlled Legislature, Education Minnesota is vigorously calling in its chips. With Dayton and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius as its agents, Education Minnesota has been hugely successful in disassembling the previous system of school accountability. Cassellius sought waivers from requirements that were effectively identifying...
  • The Education Blob's Revenge

    04/24/2013 4:34:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2013 | John Stossel
    I wrote recently how teachers unions, parent-teacher associations and school bureaucrats form an education "Blob" that makes it hard to improve schools. They also take revenge on those who work around the Blob. Here's one more sad example: Ben Chavis, founder and principal of the American Indian Public Charter Schools, got permission to compete with the Blob in Oakland, Calif. Chavis vowed, "We'll outperform the other schools in five years." He did. Kids at the three schools he runs now have some of the highest test scores in California. His schools excel even though the government spends less on...
  • Forty percent of Colo. grads need remediation

    04/17/2013 7:51:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Ed News Colorado ^ | Apr 16th, 2013 | Julie Poppen
    Forty percent of Colorado’s class of 2011 enrolled in a Colorado college or university needed remedial education courses in at least one subject in order to catch up to college-level work... in the core subjects of reading, writing or math. the new figures may jolt school board members, school and college leaders, policy wonks and parents. That’s because the state has changed the way it calculates remediation rates with the aim of making them more accurate. But by doing so, remediation rates for students from many districts look much worse. ... Using the old methodology a year ago, only 31...
  • The Blob That Ate Children

    03/20/2013 2:19:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2013 | John Stossel
    Shortly after I did my first TV special on education, "Stupid in America," hundreds of union teachers showed up outside my office to yell at me. They were angry because I said union rules were a big reason American kids don't learn. The union is a big reason kids don't like school and learn less. Union contracts limit flexibility, limit promotion of good teachers, waste money and make it hard for principals to fire even terrible teachers. But I was wrong to imply that the union is the biggest problem. In states with weak unions, K-12 schools stagnate, too. Education...
  • Note to Union Teachers: If You Want to be Treated Like Professionals, Act Like It

    03/14/2013 7:29:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    I was deeply troubled when video surfaced last week of striking Strongsville, Ohio teachers heckling substitute teachers who were applying to be their temporary replacements. Over 300 teachers are on strike because the school board is refusing to give them automatic raises, and the school board undercut their mass temper tantrum by hiring substitutes to keep schools open. The substitutes, complete with police escorts, had to endure heckling and jeering by the strikers. The unionists often followed alongside the substitutes, berating them and yelling in their faces as they headed to the local police department for mandatory background checks. The...
  • Educational Rot

    03/13/2013 5:50:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    American education is in a sorry state of affairs, and there's enough blame for all participants to have their fair share. They include students who are hostile and alien to the education process, uninterested parents, teachers and administrators who either are incompetent or have been beaten down by the system, and politicians who've become handmaidens for teachers unions. There's another education issue that's neither flattering nor comfortable to confront and talk about. That's the low academic preparation of many teachers. That's an issue that must be confronted and dealt with if we're to improve the quality of education. Let's look...
  • Kansas casts eye on teachers unions

    03/07/2013 10:19:49 AM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | Mar. 06, 2013 | BRAD COOPER
    New Jersey’s governor has branded them “political thugs.” A former federal education official has likened them to terrorists. Less vilified in Kansas than some other parts of the country, those teachers unions still find their clout under attack in the Legislature. The battle over teachers unions has marched its way across the country. Ohio. Michigan. Wisconsin. Idaho. And now it’s in Kansas, greeted by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his conservative allies in the Legislature. Lawmakers are moving to undercut the tenuous power of teachers unions by barring them from using voluntary paycheck deductions for politics. And they’re going after...
  • Colorado second-grader suspended for throwing IMAGINARY grenade during recess

    02/05/2013 11:41:42 AM PST · by tom h · 49 replies
    Fox31 Denver ^ | February 4, 2013 | David Mitchell and Julie Hayden
    KDVR NEWS – A 2nd grader has been suspended from school in Loveland for a make believe game he was playing. The 7-year-old says he was trying to save the world. But school administrators say he broke a key rule during his pretend play. “I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got dispended,” says Alex Evans, who doesn’t understand his suspension any better than he can pronounce it. “It’s called ‘rescue the world,’” he says. He was playing a game during recess at Loveland’s Mary Blair Elementary School and threw an imaginary grenade into a...
  • Rotten to the Core: Obama's War on Academic Standards (Part 1)

    01/22/2013 11:21:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2013 | MIchelle Malkin
    America's downfall doesn't begin with the "low-information voter." It starts with the no-knowledge student. For decades, collectivist agitators in our schools have chipped away at academic excellence in the name of fairness, diversity and social justice. "Progressive" reformers denounced Western civilization requirements, the Founding Fathers and the Great Books as racist. They attacked traditional grammar classes as irrelevant in modern life. They deemed ability grouping of students (tracking) bad for self-esteem. They replaced time-tested rote techniques and standard algorithms with fuzzy math, inventive spelling and multicultural claptrap. Under President Obama, these top-down mal-formers -- empowered by Washington education bureaucrats...
  • Gangs are Latest Excuse for Not Closing Failing, Half-Empty Chicago Schools

    01/14/2013 5:15:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    Instead of appropriately dealing with gang-related violence, an independent Chicago school closure commission is recommending no school closures because such a move could force students to cross gang lines. So in Chicago, gang violence is the “new normal” and instead of combating and gaining some control over the problem, city leaders are simply accommodating it. Wow. Gangs of street punks are now influencing public policy and million dollar decisions. It looks like they really have won. Of course the Chicago Teachers Union, which stands to lose money if schools close, agrees with the recommendation. The CTU has been arguing against...
  • Union Boss: What’s the Rush on Increasing Teacher Quality?

    12/29/2012 11:33:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    When American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten proposed a “bar exam” of sorts for teacher prospects, it was hailed as a step forward in improving teacher quality, EAGnews.org reported. But some of Weingarten’s underlings don’t know what all the fuss is about. She either didn’t run the idea past her deputies, or they didn’t approve and she trotted it out anyway. Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Bruce Mellion said if teachers would be subjected to such a test, they better get a pay raise. "What we're doing is testing, testing, testing, testing. At some point we need to...
  • Parent Group Leader to Obama: Response to Sandy Hook Tragedy Should be Less Testing

    12/27/2012 9:46:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    There have been all sorts of responses to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary last Friday. American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten is pushing Big Labor to get behind gun control legislation. Others argue that it might be wise for every school to have several armed staff members. At least those are both logical suggestions to address an obvious problem. Now Parents Across America, a pro-union group, has checked into the discussion, urging President Obama to respond to the events by having less standardized testing. Huh? Are these people suggesting that state standardized tests somehow drive unstable students to...
  • Chicago Reporter Refuses to Report Teachers Union Links to Socialist Groups

    12/20/2012 10:42:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    The Chicago Teachers Union and Action Now (formerly known as ACORN) staged yet another protest Tuesday, this time targeting so-called Chicago “fat cats.” Video from the event reveals that the local Chicago media – particularly Christian Farr of NBC 5 – is disinterested in reporting the radical nature of the union and its allies. Farr said that he’s too “objective” to report such news, even though it occurred right before his eyes. SEE THE VIDEO HERE. Only a single Chicago talk radio program - Wade and Roma on WLS-AM - has demonstrated the nerve to question the CTU leadership about...
  • Wagging the dog in America's schools

    12/17/2012 9:25:08 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/17/12 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Unable to control its bloated spending habits our local Democrat controlled school board is gearing up for a big hike on beleaguered tax payers. After hiring twelve administrators at near six figure incomes to implement the latest pedagogic evaluation fad, this same board is stiffing overworked and under-appreciated teachers whose salaries rank among Florida’s lowest. Hello! Get rid of the administrative beast and you can balance your budgets and pay your teachers what they deserve. Require the pedagogues to teach one or two classes and you may suddenly see increased appreciation for what the drones in the trenches do on...
  • Why Do We Need Unions?

    12/15/2012 6:19:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2012 | John C. Goodman
    Michigan has now become the 24th state to give workers the right to work without having to join a union. The event provoked more than vigorous debate. State police had to be on duty to guarantee the safety and the ability of Michigan legislators to actually go vote on the measure. So what is the controversy all about? I agree with folks on the left about the real issue. It's not about right to work. It's about unions themselves. Why do we have them? Why do we need them? What public purpose do they serve? There's no mystery here. A...
  • Chicago Teachers Union Latest Group to Stoke Class Warfare With ‘Fat Cats’ Video

    12/14/2012 8:45:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    On the heels of the controversial California Federation of Teachers “Tax the Rich” video, the Chicago Teachers Union has produced its own class warfare-stoking cartoon, “Stand Up to the Fat Cats.” The CTU is again attempting to slam Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the advocates of school reform as the “fat cats” who are simply looking to get rich off the government education system. The CTU apparently doesn’t want the billionaires and “profiteers” horning in on their very lucrative territory. Fashioned as a children’s book – likely for an audience of students – the CTU video claims several groups from around...
  • Hey, Fat Cat Unions: Pay Your "Fair Share"

    12/07/2012 4:27:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Message for wealth-bashing millionaire actor Ed Asner: Man up and take responsibility for lying to America's schoolchildren. Confronted by a producer for Fox News Channel's "The Sean Hannity Show" this week, the left-wing celebrity claimed he couldn't remember "a thing (he) said" on a vile propaganda video produced and published by the California Federation of Teachers. Asner narrated the unforgettable eight-minute anti-capitalist screed geared toward children. Think Occupy Wall Street meets Sesame Street. "Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore," Asner warbles in a folksy grandpa voice....
  • New Hampshire Teachers Call Flip-Flop, Tank Top Ban ‘Condescending’

    12/02/2012 7:39:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Just how far has the culture in government schools devolved? School district efforts to professionalize staff is now considered an affront to teachers. At least that’s the attitude emanating from teachers in the Hampton, New Hampshire SAU 90 school district. The school board is considering an update to its dress-code policy for teachers, and, according to Seacoastonline.com, “several teachers are insulted such a policy exists, telling them blue jeans, sneakers, flip-flops and tank tops are off limits.” Superintendent Kathleen Murphy said staff members feel the proposed policy is “derogatory and condescending.” It’s derogatory to ask professionals to dress a little...
  • Indiana Superintendent Race a Test of Education Vision and Power

    11/05/2012 12:31:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    If the Indiana State Teachers Association had its way, 2011 never would have happened. While much of the focus was on the antics of leftists at the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin and their efforts to subvert Gov. Scott Walker’s reforms, Indiana endured its share of union silliness, too. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and State Superintendent Tony Bennett were pursuing a bold plan to remake the government education system and expand educational options for families. Enacting the first statewide school choice program in the country, the duo led the nation with a comprehensive education reform plan. That program was, of course,...
  • Newark Teachers Claim to be ‘Indentured Servants’ Despite $57K Average Salary

    10/31/2012 10:59:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Is it ever enough? That’s what citizens should be asking in Newark, where the teachers are claiming they are subject to “indentured servitude” for being forced to consider an “inhumane” collective bargaining agreement that many consider very union friendly. The average Newark teacher’s pay is $57,926, according to teachersalaryinfo.com. That constitutes “indentured servitude”? In 2011, EAGnews.org found that Newark teachers contributed a big fat zero to their health insurance benefits. Taxpayers, on the other hand, spent a healthy $111,742,197 to pay for teacher benefits. Yes, that’s $111 million to zero. The school district receives a whopping $28,406 per student from...
  • School Staffing Growing Significantly Faster Than Enrollment, Friedman Foundation Finds

    10/29/2012 4:59:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    A new report by the Friedman Foundation shows hiring of administrative and support staff in government schools has grown seven times faster than student enrollment over the last several decades. The group found: “America’s K-12 public education system has experienced tremendous historical growth in employment, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Between fiscal year (FY) 1950 and FY 2009, the number of K-12 public school students in the United States increased by 96 percent while the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) school employees grew 386 percent. Public schools grew staffing at a rate four...
  • Minnesota Schools Close So Teachers Can Play with Dolls, Learn About Teaching Islam

    10/20/2012 8:04:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 20, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Each year, Minnesota government schools close for two days (just before the weekend, of course) so teachers’ union members can gather at a conference organized by their union. It’s meant to “inspire teachers,” EAGnews.org reported, and the conference includes a session titled, “Using Persona Dolls to Promote Social Emotional Intelligence and Acceptance of Diversity.” The union describes it this way: “Used around the world, persona dolls are lifelike dolls with personalities and stories you create. The dolls become members of your classroom community and children learn by empathizing with the dolls and giving them heartfelt advice on the same kinds...
  • School Union Apologists Vow to Stop ‘Privet’ Education

    10/19/2012 7:05:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    As EAGnews continues to gain prominence, our efforts are becoming more noticed by left-wing radicals and other wierdos who despise what we stand for. And those fine folks have not been shy about sharing their views of our organization and work, particularly on our Facebook page. “Yeah UNIONS are armed again and we will fight you greedy pigs till the end. Save Wisconsin teachers stop privet education,” Kirk Nutt wrote, apparently making reference to a union-driven lawsuit that has temporarily sidelined Act 10, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s sweeping education reform package. And he wants to stop “privet” education? Perhaps that...
  • Online Schools Becoming More Popular, Despite Union Resistance

    10/02/2012 6:58:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2012 | Kyle Olsen
    Enrollment in online schools has increased twelvefold in Ohio since the first internet-based school was created in the state in 2000, The Gazette Medina reports.More than 30,000 students are currently enrolled, most of them concentrated in seven statewide cyber schools. Only Arizona had more students in online schools, according to the news report.Online schools, and other forms of digital learning, are an inevitable and promising form of education for the 21st Century, unless special interest forces are able to keep technology from becoming more integrated into everyday education.Professor Gary Miron of the National Education Policy Center is a leading voice...
  • New Contract Earns Chicago Schools 2nd Credit Downgrade – In One Quarter

    09/29/2012 7:29:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    Sound financial management clearly wasn’t a concern to any party involved in the recent contract negotiations in Chicago Public Schools. They were warned that new labor expenses might result in a credit downgrade for the financially-strapped school district, and they chose to ignore it. Now it has comes to pass. The credit rating agency Moody’s has downgraded the school district for the second time in one quarter. Moody’s wrote: “The negative outlook reflects the school district's budgeted depletion of reserves to fund ongoing operations in fiscal 2013; the moderate additional unbudgeted salary costs of labor contract negotiations, which have not...
  • Union Mob Hogs All the Seats in “Public” Negotiation Session

    09/21/2012 6:27:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2012 | Kyle Olsen
    More and more school districts are holding union contract negotiations in full view of the public. That positive development allows taxpayers - those people footing the bill for the giveaways authorized by the board - to learn where their money goes and why. By witnessing the process they can form their own opinions, free of the media filter and union spin. The unions have never liked this idea, and apparently have found a way to get around it: Arrange to have union members and supporters take all the seats reserved for the public. That will leave John and Jane Doe...
  • Government School PR Group Hammers “Won’t Back Down” Movie

    09/20/2012 9:01:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    The educational establishment is ramping up its attack of “Won’t Back Down,” a fictional movie of a parent and teacher teaming up to take over a failing school through a “parent trigger” law. The movie will be released nationally on Sept. 28. The National School Public Relations Association is now working with the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers in issuing talking points to members about how to best dismiss the point of the movie without actually looking like they’re attacking it. “We urge you to consider applauding the passion and activism of parents in the movie. You...
  • Che-cago Teachers Union Uses Idle Students as Props in Strike

    09/12/2012 4:58:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    On the first day of the Chicago Teachers Union strike, the union had the gall to use student protesters as props in its fight for bigger raises and better benefits, but less accountability. See EAGnews.org video here. Not surprisingly, at least some of the student protesters had no idea why they were there or what they were protesting. These kids simply look up to their teachers and assume they are right about everything, and the union is willing to exploit their naiveté for its own purposes. One student, when asked what his sign meant, replied that he didn't know and...
  • Pro-School Choice Film Rattles Dems, DNC

    09/05/2012 10:13:20 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 10 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 09/04/2012 | Christian Toto
    The movie stars Oscar nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as two gritty women who try to take over a failing urban school. Oscar winner Holly Hunter plays a headstrong but compassionate union official fighting the women’s plans. The film played to an appreciative crowd last week at the Republican National Conventional in Tampa, with many movie goers driven to tears before the end credits rolled. Democrats also got a peek at the film yesterday, courtesy of a screening held by Democrats for Education Reform. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, acknowledged the film’s power and “sense...