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    New York City Teachers Cash In on Their Way Out

    Barbara Martinez of The Wall Street Journal reported last week that New York City schools have begun handing out pink slips to teachers: Principals—who are facing an average 4% budget cut at their schools—have started eliminating teaching positions ahead of Friday, when their spending plans are due to the city … More

    Unionizing Government Employees Should Be a Local Choice

    Despite mounting state budget crises and growing public discontent with government unions, the House of Representatives added the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act to the Afghanistan war spending bill. What does this bill have to do with the war or public safety? Nothing. The bill would be more accurately named … More

    Voters Reject Union Favoritism

    Two of the most important results from last Tuesday’s primary have been drowned out by the coverage of other races. Voters in Chula Vista, CA passed measure G by a 56 to 44 percent margin while voters in Oceanside, CA passed measure K by a 54 to 46 percent margin.  … More

    Morning Bell: Unions Just Flushed $5 Million of Your Tax Dollars Down the Toilet

    It is not every day we get to agree with the Obama administration. But after Sen. Blanche Lincoln defeated Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter in the Arkansas Democratic Senate primary runoff election, after the AFL-CIO, SEIU, AFSCME poured millions of dollars into Halter’s campaign, a senior White House official told Politico: … More

    The Lottery: Children’s Futures Left to Luck

    Tomorrow, a new documentary, The Lottery, will premier in Washington, DC. The film is based on the Harlem charter school lottery: a luck-of-the-draw process to determine who of thousands of vying New York City children will be offered 475 charter school slots. Specifically, it tells the stories of four New … More

    Citizens United: Nightmare vs Reality

    When the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not ban books in order to protect incumbents from critical speech, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann compared the decision to Dredd Scott, warning that after Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission: It is almost literally true that any political science fiction nightmare … More

    Morning Bell: Andy Stern’s America

    Last night, Politico reported that Service Employees International Union President Andrew Stern is expected to resign and, according to The New York Times, the resignation is about to happen very soon. If Stern does resign, he will be doing so while at the top of his game. Stern told The … More

    Time to Stand and Deliver Education Reform: A Tribute to Jaime Escalante

    Former East Los Angeles high school teacher, Jaime Escalante, whose exemplary teaching led to the inspiring film Stand and Deliver, passed away last week. As a math teacher at Garfield High School, Escalante was able to motivate inner-city students to achieve top scores on advanced placement calculus. His influence on … More

    SEIU's White House Visits Are Paying Off

    While most Americans were enjoying a weekend away from work, President Obama kept busy Saturday afternoon, appointing one of Big Labor’s lawyers to a post at the National Labor Relations Board. The recess appointment of Craig Becker was expected—despite the Senate’s bipartisan rejection of him in February. The White House … More

    Craig Becker: Big Labor’s Big Ally

    It’s hard not to sympathize with organized labor—at least to some extent. After all, during the 2008 elections, unions donated roughly half a billion dollars to Democrats, and so far have few legislative victories to show for their efforts; the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), the Respect Act, and the … More