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March 03, 2015

Vergara Part 3: Reimagining Tenure

In my 20-plus years of teaching one thing I have learned is teachers need the protection of tenure to effectively advocate for their students. I joined the most recent Educators 4 Excellence-Los Angeles (E4E-Los Angeles) policy team out of a strong desire to preserve tenure, along with collective bargaining rights and our unions. Here are some of the big takeaways of our recommendations for creating tenure for teachers in California.

February 24, 2015

In Anti-Testing Push, Unions Turn to Polls, Ads

The New Jersey and Connecticut state affiliates of the National Education Association are mounting aggressive campaigns.

February 23, 2015

Vergara Part 2: Tenure Is a Misnomer

Permanent status, that's what I have earned as a second grade teacher in the state of California. I didn't even notice that my pay-stub had changed from the words "Probationary" to "Permanent." I didn't get a letter of congratulations from the superintendent, nor from my principal. It was just another ordinary day. The term tenure in California is used strictly with higher education faculty members.

February 17, 2015

National Teachers' Unions Step Up Lobbying Efforts on NCLB Rewrite

The NEA and AFT have launched separate grass-roots lobbying efforts in hopes of continuing to push their priorities for the federal K-12 overhaul.

February 02, 2015

Where Did Education Groups Rank in Donations to 2014 State Elections?

The two national teachers' unions both made the top 25 givers to state elections in 2014.

January 26, 2015

NEA to Arne Duncan: New NCLB Should Track Student Access to Early Ed., Funding

What's high on National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen Garcia's wish list for renewal of the No Child Left Behind Act?

November 13, 2014

In New NCLB Waiver Guidance, Feds Renege on Student-Achievement Pledge

This set of waiver renewals is likely the Obama administration's last best chance to put its stamp on the NCLB law before leaving office in early 2017

November 10, 2014

Colo. Teachers' Collective Bargaining Opened to Public

But it's not yet clear whether the measure will hurt unions' negotiating power, or help it.

November 10, 2014

'Net Neutrality' Stirs Passions of Some Ed. Groups, Gets Silence From Others

A number of education and technology groups have called for the FCC to protect net neutrality, but the nation's two biggest teachers' unions have been silent on the issue.

November 04, 2014

Did Teachers' Union Political Spending Pay Off? Early Answer: No

Teachers' unions spent big this midterm election cycle, especially on state and local races, without much return on that investment.

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