The Supreme Court has a chance to strike down union agency fees.
Judging by a recent survey, a plurality of the American public and an equally large share of teachers oppose forced union payments.
The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a case brought by ten teachers who say that California’s requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues violates their free speech rights.
In Friedrichs, ten California teachers are arguing that agency fees (combined with onerous “opt-out” procedures) violate their rights to freedom of speech and association
By going back to the tried-and-true rhetoric of class size reduction, the teachers union would like to distract attention from any alternative school improvement policies.
Teachers might prefer a different arrangement than current state pension plans, but they don’t really have a voice in those decisions.
Standards inspire collaboration and dissent
Making sense of the conflict
Perhaps the historic coupling of the NEA and the Democratic Party is loosening a bit.
We’re in a period of profound change in teacher-union leadership, with more combative leaders in ascendance, But what the unions really need are leaders able to craft winning platforms with a new orientation.
Why teachers unions and school reformers distrust each other and where they might find common ground.
The Washington Post editorial board notes that teachers unions are beginning to push back against the Common Core standards in several states.
An excerpt from Teachers Versus the Public
As implementation nears, they aren’t liking what they see.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court may quickly block a lower court judge’s ruling against Act 10, which limited collective bargaining for public workers. An article in the Fall 2013 issue of Ed Next looked at the impact of Act 10 on education in the state.
Court upholds Michigan law forbidding public schools from collecting union dues through payroll deductions
The AFT’s poll supposedly shows that American parents don’t support education reform. That’s because some of the AFT’s questions were designed to push respondents into giving the answers the AFT wanted.
The National Education Association has roughly 3 million members, but it is tough to come up with an exact number.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the state”s 2013-2015 budget bill on Sunday after exercising his "partial veto" power to strike 57 words and phrases from the budget.
Wisconsin succeeds in cutting costs
Examining the power—and the impact—of education’s 800-pound gorilla
Want to prevent another Chicago? Let charter schools flourish.
On Top of the News Seeking Allies, Teachers’ Unions Court GOP Too New York Times| 9/25/12 Behind the Headline The Long Reach of Teachers’ Unions Education Next| Fall 2010 In this morning’s New York Times, Motoko Rich writes about the growth in donations made by teachers unions to support Republican candidates. Mike Antonucci had an […]
What this episode demonstrated was that what teacher unions care about has practically nothing to do with what’s good for the kids and everything to do with what teachers want for themselves.