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February 09, 2011

Teachers Make Their Case with Protests—and a Proposal

Teachers in Indiana and Idaho line up against Republican-backed education proposals, but a Wisconsin union comes forward with its own proposal to overhaul teacher pay and evaluation.

January 21, 2011

Unions Facing Tough Outlook in State Capitals

Teachers' unions are on the defensive in many state legislative sessions this year. A pair of union officials, John Stocks and Mary Bell, gave me their thoughts.

December 22, 2010

Collective Bargaining Battleground: Illinois

An Illinois proposal to limit teachers' rights to strike seems likely to provoke a fight in the state, while the fate of changes to tenure, hiring, and firing is unclear.

December 15, 2010

Alabama Lawmakers, Unions, Spar over Payroll Deductions

Alabama's House of Representatives approves a measure that would end automatic payroll deductions for state employees to unions' political action organizations.

December 13, 2010

Voucher Expansion in the Works in Florida?

Florida Republican Gov.-elect Rick Scott suggests the state needs to create a major expansion of its school-vouchers efforts. The state's GOP lawmakers, meanwhile, want to revive a version of the state's failed, controversial teacher-pay-and-tenure proposal, Senate Bill 6.

December 08, 2010

N.J. Teachers' Union Fights Back—with Policy Proposals

The New Jersey Education Association, which has feuded with Gov. Chris Christie, unveils a series of proposed changes to the teaching profession, including altering the process for removing tenured teachers.

November 24, 2010

States Submit Race to Top Plans, and Work to Keep Districts on Board

Ohio, Florida, and other states met a federal deadline to submit Race to the Top plans, with mixed levels of local participation.

November 22, 2010

Journal Explores Costs of Teacher Pensions, Retiree Health Care

An education finance journal examines an issue of major financial concern to states: teacher pension and retiree health care costs.

November 01, 2010

Teacher Pay, Evaluation In Play in State Elections

In the Florida governor's race, Alex Sink and Rick Scott take very few different positions on Senate Bill 6, a controversial merit-pay measure that was vetoed this year.

October 01, 2010

Election 2010: Teachers' Unions Put Time, Money into Campaigns

The nations' two largest teachers' unions, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, are putting a lot of time and money into state elections this fall.

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