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May 07, 2018

Teacher Strikes Morph from Pocketbook Clash to Partisan Street Theater

The more that teacher strikes resemble Occupy Wall Street lite--featuring street theater, expansive demands for new spending, and calls for dramatic tax increases--the more likely they are to spur resistance among taxpayers, families, and Republican officials.

September 26, 2017

Teachers Unions Blow an Easy Chance to Walk the Walk

More than a quarter of teachers miss more than two weeks each year, above and beyond scheduled breaks and holidays. That's a problem. And the fact that union leaders can't say so is perhaps a bigger one.

October 04, 2016

The Costs of Teacher Collective Bargaining

As Chicago's teachers are on the verge of striking for the third time since 2012, it sure seems like the Chicago Teachers Union is bent on demonstrating the costs of collective bargaining.

September 08, 2015

Goodell, Brady, the NFL Smackdown, and the Teachers' Unions

The Deflategate ruling isn't just a win for Patriots fans— it also has some implications for K-12 education.

June 20, 2014

Five Thoughts on Randi Weingarten's AEI Remarks

On Wednesday, AFT president Randi Weingarten joined me over at AEI to share some thoughts about teacher evaluation, tenure, the Common Core, testing, and more. Here, I offer five thoughts sparked by Randi's remarks and our conversation.

December 06, 2013

Randi for Chancellor?

Bill de Blasio, New York's new mayor, is seeking a schools chancellor. Truth is, I'm pretty impressed by some of the names that have been popping up in the search. That said, today, I want to chat briefly about one of the more out-there names that's been surfaced for chancellor. Brewing behind the scenes is a small, quiet campaign to convince de Blasio to appoint Randi Weingarten.I think the Weingarten-for-chancellor idea is an intriguing one.

October 31, 2012

Wisconsin and the Siege of Chicago

Amidst our polarizing political debates, there's a natural desire to regard education as a bipartisan bright spot. While it contains some truth, this happy sentiment also obscures much. Nowhere is that better illustrated than in the ways that Republicans and Democrats approach the questions of colle...

September 19, 2012

Rahm Gets Rolled: Chicago's Winners & Losers

The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reached a tentative agreement yesterday, and it wasn't a good day for Rahmbo or for would-be reformers. Today Democratic ed reformers will be cranking up their spin machines to explain why Rahm didn't really get rolled by the CTU. (And, let'...

September 17, 2012

The Chicago Teachers Strike, Week 2

Up until Sunday, word on the street was that the Chicago strike would definitely end over the weekend. If you'd asked me on Thursday or Friday, I'd have put the likelihood that kids and teachers would be back in school today at better than 95%. (This is why I try to limit my gaming.) But the union d...

September 13, 2012

The Stakes in Chicago's Teachers Strike

Reports this morning suggest that CPS and the CTU may be closing in on a deal in Chicago. MSNBC reported that both sides seemed to suggest that schools may reopen for Friday (see here). If they get this resolved in the next couple of days, the fallout will be muffled by the media storm ignited by t...

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