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Anti-Trump Hysteria Plagues Our Schools

Anti-Trump Hysteria Plagues Our Schools

By LARRY SAND   Teachers and their unions are front-and-center in advancing Trumpocalyptic fearmongering. Worse than anything Donald Trump ever said, the backlash to his election has been horrifying. While the hysteria and teddy-bear-clutching over the election of a Republican president is nothing new – remember “Bushitler?” in which some on the left equated W […]

NEA’s and Hillary’s Bully Folly

NEA’s and Hillary’s Bully Folly

  by LARRY SAND For several weeks now, the National Education Association has been running ads in in nine swing states on the so-called “Trump effect.” The six-figure campaign maintains that Donald Trump’s inflammatory campaign rhetoric has caused a substantial uptick in bullying in schools. NEA president Lily Eskelsen García asserts, “There is bullying going on, […]

Teacher Union Political Spending: Liberal as Ever

Teacher Union Political Spending: Liberal as Ever

By LARRY SAND AFT continues to use teachers as ATM machines to fund their pet leftist causes. The latest American Federation of Teachers annual financial disclosure has been released (H/T RiShawn Biddle). This year’s LM-2 is filled with goodies that are sure to warm the cockles of leftist teacher union members, but apolitical educators, centrists […]

Heartless and Mindless

Heartless and Mindless

By LARRY SAND As the National Education Association embarks on a new PR campaign, some of its affiliates engage in lawsuits and strikes. In July, the National Education Association unearthed its “Strategic Plan and Budget” for 2016-2018. The introduction to the 76-page document includes the notion that the union needs to “win the race to […]

Teachers Unions Double Down on Charter Vilification

Teachers Unions Double Down on Charter Vilification

By LARRY SAND UTLA and CTA’s anti-charter school obsession has reached epidemic proportions.  Just weeks after United Teachers of Los Angeles president Alex Caputo-Pearl threw his if-we-don’t get-our-way-we’re-going-to-create-a-state-crisis tantrum, the teachers union has hit the streets with a media campaign. Empowered by a massive dues increase, UTLA is spreading its venom via billboards, bus benches […]

The Myth of the Underpaid Teacher Lives On

The Myth of the Underpaid Teacher Lives On

By LARRY SAND Yet another “study” showing how poorly teachers are paid has surfaced. Well, it’s a new school year and there is much tumult in the world of public education. Common Core battles, testing opt-outs, and litigation about school choice and teacher work rules dot the landscape. But with all the uncertainty, it’s comforting […]

School Choice and Its Foes

School Choice and Its Foes

Teachers Union Kills Another Commonsense Reform Bill

Teachers Union Kills Another Commonsense Reform Bill

By Larry Sand Despite the U.S. declaring its independence from Britain in 1776, Californians are still saddled with teacher union redcoats 240 years later. Teacher tenure is an atrocity. Officially called “permanence,” this union-mandated work rule allows some teachers to stay in the classroom when they should be imprisoned or at least working somewhere else, […]

The Latest Teachers Unions’ Monopoly Moves

The Latest Teachers Unions’ Monopoly Moves

By Larry Sand  . April revealed the teachers unions’ desperation over losing control of top-down, one-size fits all government-run schools. In many ways April was normal for teacher union monopolists. Early in the month, the Washington Teachers Union said it would challenge a new law in the Evergreen State that corrected problems in the way […]

Teacher Union Pension Flim-flam

Teacher Union Pension Flim-flam

By Larry Sand The public employee pension problem isn’t new, but a teacher union leader’s defense of it has sunk to new depths. According to the Federal Reserve, public employee pensions in aggregate nationally are in serious trouble. Currently totaling $5.8 trillion, they are underfunded by $1.7 trillion. While all these pensions are draining public resources, […]

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