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    Unions Can’t Ignore Support for Choice in Education

    Later today at their annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) will detail the results of a poll it commissioned. According to The Washington Post, the AFT poll found that 56 percent of respondents were opposed to “giving tax dollars to families to pay for private … More

    Can You Opt Out of Your Union Dues?

    I joined the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1245 as a high school student in New Jersey. Having to pay union dues in high school surprised me. But I was working to save money for college and did not investigate further. I did not know that I didn’t … More

    Union Leader: Put Stakes Associated with Common Core Tests on Hold

    The Common Core State Standards are causing major discontent across the ideological spectrum. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has joined groups like the Republican National Committee, the American Association of Christian Schools, the Home School Legal Defense Association, Tea Party groups, public policy organizations, and parents across the country … More

    Responses to Union Suggestion of a Teacher "Bar Exam"

    Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), proposed a “bar exam” for public-school teachers in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week. Modeled after the bar exam for aspiring lawyers, the new test would be intended to produce highly effective teachers. But it would do nothing of … More

    "Won't Back Down" Provides Insight into Current Education Debate

    Last Friday marked the opening of Won’t Back Down, a film that has brought renewed attention to school reform. The film covers a range of education issues, from teacher tenure reform and unions to school choice. In the film, Maggie Gyllenhaal plays the role of Jamie Fitzpatrick, a single mother … More

    VIDEO: Teachers' Unions in Their Own Words

    You may have heard: Chicago teachers are on strike. Some facts you may not have seen (unless, of course, you’ve been reading the Foundry): the average Chicago teacher makes $71,000 a year before benefits. That’s $24,000 more than the average Chicago resident, and second only to New York City in teachers’ … More

    Teachers Union Claims Black School Choice Group Supports KKK

    A major state-level teachers union accused a group promoting school choice for African-American families of supporting the notorious white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan in a series of statements on Thursday. The Louisiana Federation of Teachers accused the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) of advancing a “pro-KKK … More

    The Reforms Rhee Leaves Behind

    Michelle Rhee’s tenure as D.C. Schools Chancellor ends Monday. In Saturday’s Wall Street Journal, she and Mayor Adrian Fenty published an “Education Manifesto” summarizing their reform legacy and the breakthrough they hope it represents for other troubled school systems. Their rallying cry: Education policy should serve the needs of children, … More

    After Waiting for Superman: Be a Part of the Solution

    Waiting for Superman has left moviegoers rightfully outraged at the state of America’s education system. It’s an accurate portrayal. In many of the nation’s largest cities, fewer than half of all children graduate high school. Academic achievement and graduation rates have largely stagnated since the 1970s while countries around the … More

    Will Anyone at NBC Ask About the 216?

    NBC News is on Day Two of its week-long series Education Nation. You cannot turn on any of the NBC family of networks (MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, A&E, Telemundo, etc.) without seeing Education Secretary Arne Duncan, or some Obama administration surrogate, flacking for the President’s education agenda. There are plenty of … More