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April 18, 2011

New NYC Schools Leader Promises Civility, Layoffs

The good news for New York City teachers is that Dennis Walcott, the newly named schools chancellor, wants to bring greater civility to school-reform discussions and has pledged that "you will never hear me say a bad thing about [teachers]." The bad news is that he's still planning to lay off thousa...

March 14, 2011

Sunday Papers: 'Evaluate and Differentiate'

Amid the ongoing debates over collective bargaining and the power of unions, teachers were (yet again) a focus of major newspaper op-ed pages yesterday: In the New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof (apparently taking a breather from the revolutions in the Mideast), blasted the "pernicious f...

March 11, 2011

The Wisconsin Effect

Daniela Fairchild, a policy analyst for the Fordham Institute, lauds state legislative efforts to limit teachers' collective bargaining rights, but cautions fellow proponents that the resulting changes to educators' benefit packages could dramatically reduce teachers' overall compensation, thus maki...

February 24, 2011

Debating Wisconsin and Collective Bargaining

Over at Education Week, Diane Ravitch, with an eye on Wisconsin, defends teachers' right to collectively bargain: From the individual teacher's point of view, it is valuable to have an organization to turn to when you feel you have been treated unfairly, one that will supply you with assistance, ...

February 18, 2011

Union Rep Causes Clamor Over Quail

According to the New York Daily News, the Union Federation of Teachers' lobbyist, Paul Egan, was upset by more than just flawed evaluation systems this past week: His dinner bill exceeded what he thought his meal was worth. After racking up a more than $1,800 bill at a swanky bistro in Albany, N.Y....

February 01, 2011

"Waiting for 'Superman'" and DonorsChoose Link Up

The controversial documentary "Waiting for 'Superman'" comes out on DVD Feb. 15—and for every purchase, DonorsChoose.org has agreed to give $25 to a classroom project listed on its website, reports The Washington Examiner. DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that connects teachers in need of ...

November 15, 2010

N.J. Teachers' Union Gets ACORN Treatment

The right-wing activist-slash-videographer who was behind the infamous ACORN sting videos in 2009 has reportedly turned his undercover cameras on teachers' unions.

November 04, 2010

Teachers Strike Tough on Parents

Frustrated about class cancellations that could last up to six more weeks, some parents in Bethel Park, Pa., dressed up like "teachers on strike" for Halloween.

October 19, 2010

Economist: 'War on Teachers' a Fallacy

In an op-ed piece roundly attacking teachers' unions, economist Erik A. Hanushek argues that recent school reform manifestations—e.g., Race to the Top, the L.A. Times teacher-effectiveness rankings, "Waiting for Superman"—constitute not a "war on teachers" but a growing recognition of the ...

October 07, 2010

Do Union Contracts Get in the Way?

Jose Vilson takes serious issue with the notion—expressed indelibly by a young teacher in this video clip from NBC's Education Nation event—that union contracts prevent teachers from doing all that they can to help struggling students: Can we just agree that teachers just do what they go...

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