While President Obama’s former spokesman, Robert Gibbs, manages a national public relations campaign against teachers unions, the National Education Association (NEA) has finally decided it has had enough of Team Obama’s union busting. The NEA has now called on Education Secretary Arne Duncan to resign.
|By: DSWright Tuesday July 8, 2014 6:45 am|
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday May 5, 2014 4:59 pm|
Legendary performance artist John Fleck is the focus of tonight’s documentary John Fleck Is Who You Want Him To Be, directed by Kevin Duffy. In 1990, Fleck and three other performance artists became known as the NEA Four, who sued the National Endowments for the Arts all the way to the Supreme Court for overtly vetoing their grants. The artists won, but the NEA reacted by no longer funding individual artists. Both Kevin Duffy and John Fleck will be our guests.
|By: DSWright Tuesday August 27, 2013 11:15 am|
A new PDK/Gallup Poll reveals bad news for the corporate education reform movement to privatize public education. According to the poll, vouchers previously considered a useful wedge weapon against public schools are more unpopular than ever.
|By: DSWright Monday March 25, 2013 12:10 pm|
Governor Chris Christie has announced a state takeover of the Camden school system to force privatization programs. The privatization program had been stymied by residents and their local representatives who did not want to lose their public school system. Now privatization advocates have been able to go around local authorities and have the Governor hand them power.
Chris Christie was formerly a registered lobbyist for education privatization firm Edison Schools Inc. His current education commissioner, Chris Cerf, was previously President of Edison Schools Inc. at the time of Christie’s employment.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday November 20, 2012 9:35 am|
A coalition of unions has released the first set of ads pressuring Democrats on the grand bargain, with an explicit message of “Jobs Not Cuts.”
|By: David Dayen Tuesday March 22, 2011 5:28 pm|
The amendment to the Dodd-Frank legislation reducing the cost of interchange fees for debit and credit cards passed with a supermajority in the Senate. It went through the normal process and it won. Now the banks, in a slightly stronger position than during the Dodd-Frank debate, are trying to get the changes delayed, and effectively killed. They’re using a silly argument that this will result in higher costs for consumers. They have the ability to control those costs.
|By: Tula Connell Thursday March 13, 2008 10:30 am|
What is it about teachers that reactionaries don’t like?
Maybe it’s because an educated electorate poses a threat to those who seek to control the public—”Danger: Educated Union Member” is one of our favorite phrases—and so teachers pose an easy target for the antediluvians among us. (Remember John Stossel’s ABC trash piece, “Stupid in America”?).
The success of teachers’ unions also draws particular ire from the anti-education crowd.