Why I made the decision to run for a seat in my union. I am not Pollyanna. I don't think that joining my union's 350-member house of representatives will cure the ills of education in this country, let alone in my state. But what's the old saying, "If you're not part of the solution then you're a part of the problem."
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November 23, 2014
November 12, 2014
That's the big union machine at work. Your neighbors. Your kids' teachers. Volunteering. Contacting one voter at a time. Speaking from the heart and from professional experience, out of a sincere desire to see better schools, better teaching, and a better future for our children.
November 10, 2014
As a veteran teacher, I feel it's more important than ever for classroom teachers to speak up about their profession and to drive education policy instead of reacting to what the policymakers do.
November 03, 2014
Some things to keep in mind in the Los Angeles Unified School District in moving forward after the resignation of Dr. John Deasy. Thoughts on what policies to keep, what the interim superintendent can do, what the United Teachers of Los Angeles can do, and what the school board can do.
October 20, 2014
While the union has succeeded in temporarily blocking a requirement that its members contribute to their health benefits, broader questions about the school district's authority to make unilateral changes to employee contracts remain unsettled.
October 06, 2014
The move to make changes to the union's health benefits comes after 21 months of negotiations. Salaries will not be affected by Monday's action.
September 22, 2014
More than 700 educators and support members were prepared to walk out after working without a contract for more than a year.
July 16, 2014
The news comes after a Sunday poll showing Lewis ahead of Emanuel by 9 percentage points in a head-to-head match-up.
July 07, 2014
Members of the teachers' union generally said they like the common standards, but lack resources and are scared about what testing will bring.
July 05, 2014
Members of NEA appear to be concerned about the union's partnerships with corporations.