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Archive: Oct 2010

  • The hand that feeds you: Public-sector unions dominate campaign finance

    Posted on Oct 22, 2010 by Center for Union Facts

    The next time you see an advertisement for a pro-union Democrat, keep in mind where some of the money is coming from: the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The 1.6 million-member AFSCME is spending a total of $87.5 million on the elections after tapping into a $16 million emergency account to help […]

  • Union Dues Support Candidates You Might Not

    Posted on Oct 21, 2010 by Sonny Bunch

    Here’s an interesting essay from a teacher on the front lines. He’s a Republican teacher in New Jersey who is disgusted by the way union officials demand that teachers vote how they are told by union bosses. Writes the anonymous teacher: I had the displeasure of being a NJEA member. Having been born to a […]

  • Trumka: This Political Atmosphere Reminds Me of the Kennedy Assassination

    Posted on Oct 19, 2010 by J. Justin Wilson

    Talk about inappropriate comparisons! As reported by the National Journal, Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO and one of the heavy-hitters in the labor movement, came out swinging today and racked up yet another uncomfortable gaffe. Trumka, the nation’s top union official, said that the anti-Obama views aired by conservative commentators like Glenn Beck constitutes […]

  • “There is no ‘war on teachers’”

    Posted on by Sonny Bunch

    That is the headline of an excellent new op-ed from Eric Hanushek, one of the leading proponents of school reform. He makes a point that people sometimes miss: School reformers focus on teachers unions because they are an unambiguous impediment to reform. But it’s hard to focus your scorn on teachers unions without coming across […]

  • Rhee Is Out in DC. What’s Next for Reform?

    Posted on Oct 13, 2010 by Sonny Bunch

    Though many had hoped that fiery school reformer Michelle Rhee would remain at the head of Washington, D.C.’s public school system in the wake of her boss’s loss to Vince Gray in the Democratic mayoral primary, it is not to be. Effective the end of this month, Rhee is stepping down. She will be replaced […]

  • Does school choice “work”?

    Posted on Oct 07, 2010 by Sonny Bunch

    It depends on what you mean by “work,” according to the American Enterprise Institute’s Rick Hess in a new, long piece for National Affairs. It’s an interesting, mildly wonky essay that is worth reading in full, but one point stands out: It’s hard to say whether or not school choice is working because we haven’t […]

  • Is this the end of seniority in Los Angeles public schools?

    Posted on Oct 06, 2010 by Sonny Bunch

    Not quite. Rapturous headlines are claiming that the system of seniority is as good as dead in the Los Angeles Unified School District, one of our nation’s most disastrous school systems. Writes the LA Times: The Los Angeles Board of Education approved Tuesday what would be a landmark court settlement that radically limits the traditional […]