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Testing Matters

Testing Matters

By Larry Sand  Led by the teachers unions, the push against standardized testing punishes kids. With bipartisan support in Congress and President Obama’s blessing, the son of No Child Left behind, dubbed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), has become the law of the land. While many on the right favor the law because it […]

The Enemies of Choice

The Enemies of Choice

By Larry Sand  . The teachers unions’ fight against parental and teacher choice is not going well for them. Teacher union membership is dwindling. In fact, it has dipped below 50 percent nationwide, down from a high of almost 70 percent in 1993. Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, having  become “right-to-work” (RTW) states over the past […]

Preferring Failing Schools to Successful Ones

Preferring Failing Schools to Successful Ones

By Larry Sand  . Teacher union leaders want to keep poorly performing public schools open, but kill off thriving charters and voucher schools. Just last week it was announced in New York City that three failing public schools would be closing. With a total enrollment of 217 students, there really was no other choice. Indeed, […]

Teachers Unions Give Middle Finger to the Middle Class

Teachers Unions Give Middle Finger to the Middle Class

By Larry Sand . . New documents show, yet again, teachers unions’ disdain for American workers. If you Google NEA + middle class + Friedrichs, you will be barraged with a load of demagogic union bromides about how the Friedrichs case – which opposes mandatory dues payments to public employee unions (PEUs) as a condition […]

The Unions’ Assault on Truth

The Unions’ Assault on Truth

By Larry Sand  . The teachers unions continue to mislead its members and everyone else. In the latest issue of the California Federation of Teachers quarterly newsletter, CFT president Josh Pechthalt writes “The lawsuits that educators and unions must defeat,” which is referred to as a “special report” – special because it is especially filled […]

Teachers Union Won’t Play ‘Broad’ Way

Teachers Union Won’t Play ‘Broad’ Way

By Larry Sand  Los Angeles teachers union and its friends are livid over plan to charterize 260 schools. According to a memo unearthed by Los Angeles Times writer Howard Blume, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and other charter advocates want to create 260 new charter schools in Los Angeles, enrolling at least 130,000 students. […]

Safe at Home?

Safe at Home?

By Larry Sand  . Homeschooling is becoming more popular, but families need to be aware that teachers unions have a penchant for home invasions. According to the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the number of K-12 children educated at home increased from 1.09 million in 2003 to 1.77 million in […]

Social Justice Warriors at Work

Social Justice Warriors at Work

By Larry Sand  . With the election season in full swing, expect a tide of union-led anti-reform, anti-choice and anti-Republican politicking in our kids’ classrooms. “I watched the GOP presidential debate because my students are counting on me” is the title of a piece posted on the National Education Association website by “guest writer” Tom […]

Doctored Education

Doctored Education

By Larry Sand . Using testing as a backdrop, NEA president promotes 1950s industrial-style education. The American Enterprise Institute’s education policy maven Rick Hess has been traveling around the country promoting his new book The Cage-Busting Teacher. So last week he left his Education Week blog in the hands of National Education Association president Lily […]

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