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June 04, 2012

Public-Employee Unions in Wisconsin: Less Popular than Obama?

Polling in advance of the June 5 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election reveals that residents tend to view public-employee unions unfavorably, but also believe that new limitations on collective bargaining in the state have "decreased jobs."

June 01, 2012

How Maine's Governor Connected Teacher Bonuses and Gay Marriage

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) vetoed a bill that would have provided a salary increase to teachers with national board certification, and blasted the state teachers' union for endorsing gay marriage instead of spending more time on professional development.

May 24, 2012

Union Vote to Approve New Hawaii Teachers' Contract in Vain?

The Hawaii State Teachers Association voted to approve a new contract it had previously rejected that includes student academic growth as a factor in teacher evaluations. But Gov. Neil Abercrombie's position appears to be that the contract is no longer considered a valid agreement by the state.

May 15, 2012

Proposed Tax Hike No Longer Mollifies California Ed. Groups

In the wake of news that California's budget deficit has grown to $15.7 billion, $6.5 billion more than a January estimate, California education groups are now worried that a proposed take hike in November to fund schools won't be enough to staunch deep cuts.

May 10, 2012

New Mexico Union Votes "No Confidence" in State's Ed. Secretary

The Albuquerque Teachers Federation voted "no confidence" in New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera due to her planned teacher evaluation system and decision to lay off education employees.

May 09, 2012

2010 Again: Barrett Wins Wisconsin Dem. Primary to Face Walker

Tom Barrett, who lost the 2010 gubernatorial race to GOP Gov. Scott Walker, has won the right to a rematch on June 5 by winning the May 8 state Democratic primary poll.

May 03, 2012

Poll: Barrett Up in Wisconsin Dem. Primary; General Election Toss-Up

A new poll for the Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial primary on May 8 appears to give Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett the edge over the preferred candidate of the teachers union, Kathleen Falk. A majority also do not favor a gubernatorial pledge to veto a state budget if it does not restore collective bargaining rights.

April 26, 2012

Conn.'s Malloy Faces Tough Slog to Win Support on Ed. Plans

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) said he would continue to fight for his education proposals, even as poll numbers indicate they don't enjoy strong support, and state lawmakers have moved to water down his new teacher evaluation system.

April 02, 2012

Falk, Not Barrett, Maintains Backing of Wisconsin Teachers

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett created national headlines by jumping into the Wisconsin gubernatorial race on March 30, but the state teachers' union has already agreed to back fellow Democratic candidate Kathleen Falk.

March 28, 2012

Buffalo Schools Illustrate Difficulties of N.Y. Evaluations

Buffalo is embarking on yet another attempt to reach a teacher evaluation deal that New York state approves in a bid to recover School Improvement Grant money.

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