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    SAT Scores at Historical Low; Education Spending at Historical High

    SAT scores among the nation’s test-takers are at a 40-year low. As The Washington Post reports: Reading scores on the SAT for the high school class of 2012 reached a four-decade low, putting a punctuation mark on a gradual decline in the ability of college-bound teens to read passages and … More

    Union Strong-Arming Rewarded in Chicago

    The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has ended its seven-day strike, agreeing to a contract negotiated by the union and the school district. At the expense of 350,000 children and taxpayers throughout the state, the union has won big. The union secured a 3 percent salary increase in the first year, … More

    Chicago Teachers' Strike Contradicts Principle of Public Service

    Students at Chicago schools are spending another day at home today, after a 700-page court filing against the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) was sidelined for later consideration. Teachers walked off the job soon after the school year began, frustrating Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) and thousands of Chicago parents. “This continued … More

    Chicago Teachers' Retirement Benefits Are Extravagant

    When Chicago teachers began their strike on Monday, critics rightly pointed out that the city already pays one of the highest average teacher salaries in the nation. Even more important, however, is the generous retirement package received by Chicago public school teachers. A Chicago teacher who retired in 2011 after … More

    Chicago Teachers Union Strike: A Parent's Perspective

    This week marked the second week of school in Virginia for my two elementary-level children. And as I began to navigate the “get to know you” phase of the new school year, I had a dismaying new perspective on the current teacher union strike in Chicago. There are a lot … More

    Chicago Teachers' Strike: Unthinkable and Intolerable

    “Unthinkable and intolerable.” So President Franklin Delano Roosevelt considered strikes by government employees. Karen Lewis, the president of the Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU), has a different view. She called a strike to block Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s (D) education reforms. Chicago Public Schools have a 40 percent dropout rate. Emanuel considers … More

    Morning Bell: 25,000 Chicago Teachers Walk Off the Job

    This morning, about 350,000 students in Chicago Public Schools will be without teachers. While the 25,000-plus unionized teachers take to the picket lines in a strike over benefits and teacher evaluations, working parents are scrambling to figure out what to do. “We know a strike is really going to be … More

    Back to School: Support for School Choice Reaches All-Time High

    Support for school choice is at an all-time high, according to this year’s PDK/Gallup Poll, released just this morning. Forty-four percent of Americans now favor allowing students to choose a private school to attend at public expense. School choice favorability has jumped 10 percentage points since last year, a sign … More

    NJ’s Christie Signs Teacher Tenure Reform into Law

    Legislators in New Jersey recently dealt a heavy blow to the oldest teacher tenure law in the nation. State Senator Teresa Ruiz (D–Essex) spent two years drafting a bill to reform the 103-year-old teacher tenure law and tie teacher job security to student performance. And now her bill is becoming … More

    Chicago Teachers Union Demands 30 Percent Pay Raise

    It takes a lot of nerve to ask for a 30 percent pay raise. You’d better be sure you had a banner year. Yet in Chicago, where just 15 percent of fourth graders are proficient in reading (and just 56 percent of students graduate), the teachers union is set to … More