The Goal of Chicago Teachers Union Is Better Schools, Not Better Pay

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 2:45 pm

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s op-ed for USA Today makes the overlooked point that Chicago teachers are striking, not necessarily for better pay as it has been claimed in most of the traditional media (complete with haughty stories about those lucky duckie rich teachers), but for better schools.


Corporate-Led Education Reform Movement Ignores Solvable Problems to Carry Out Its Agenda

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 12:00 pm

To the extent that there are problems, it appears clear that they have to do with resources. The schools in the lowest-income areas have no air conditioning. Roofs leak. The cafeteria is full of roaches. Mold sits in the ventilation systems. Kids don’t get textbooks for weeks. Administrators pack classrooms with 40 and 50 students at a time. These are pretty obvious and solvable problems. Worse, there’s apparently money in the system to make these repairs, in the form of TIFs or Tax Increment Financing, that have been re-routed to pet projects, including a Hyatt Hotel and the Chicago Board of Trade.

Chicago Teachers Union Heads Out on Strike

By: Monday September 10, 2012 7:52 am

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) commenced their first education strike in a generation last ight, with 29,000 teachers and school personnel walking out and taking up picket lines.

Teacher’s Unions in Tension With Democrats in Charlotte

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 8:00 am

Two facts help explain the dichotomy on education in the Democratic platform. First, teachers make up a substantial portion of the delegates in Charlotte this week. Second, the Obama Administration is committed to education reforms that really stand in contrast to the goals of most teacher’s unions. They have worked around this tension for four years, but in the platform you see it come to a head.

“Failing Schools” Narrative a Tactic to Privatize Public Education and Destroy Unions

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 10:57 am

The Obama campaign has recently tried to squeeze their opponent on the issue of education, leading to anomalous situations like Obama criticizing Romney for supporting class size increases that his own Education Secretary agrees with. There is probably a debate to be had between the two campaigns over education, one that comes down mostly to resources. But the philosophy underpinning both sides on education comes from a similar place – the idea that America is slipping behind the rest of the world on education, and that drastic measures must be taken to reverse that trend. Usually these drastic measures fall directly on the heads of teachers and more specifically their unions.

There’s one problem with this scenario – the premise is wrong.

Over 100,000 Teacher Jobs Lost in Last 12 Months

By: Friday July 6, 2012 3:00 pm

The most important chart when thinking about the economies under George W. Bush and Barack Obama can be seen above. It compares the first-term job numbers of the two Presidents. Both of them endured recessions at the start of their terms, though Obama’s was bigger. But the biggest difference comes in the public jobs numbers. The parabolic arc on private-sector jobs is broadly similar, although Obama’s are better. But the difference on public-sector jobs is intense.

Obama Campaign Proud of Bashing Teachers’ Unions

By: Friday May 25, 2012 12:29 pm

It looks like we’re going to have six more months of the Obama campaign trying to prove that their candidate has conservative values and believes in conservative ideas. That’s what we can learn from the latest fact check from Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama 2012 Stephanie Cutter.

Why is Nicholas Kristof Bashing Teachers’ Unions?

By: Sunday March 13, 2011 11:59 am

Nicholas Kristof makes an interesting point about teacher pay in today’s New York Times. But then, as is Kristof’s habit, he feels the need to “balance” this plea for higher teacher pay with some rather shallow union bashing.

Jon Stewart Turns Over Show to Oft-Neglected Side of the Education Debate

By: Friday March 4, 2011 8:10 am

The typical Bill Gates/Arne Duncan perspective of privatization and union-busting is so prevalent on American television, critics like Ravitch never get an opportunity. She rightly points out that Finland, held up as a model in movies like Waiting for Superman as having the best schools in the world, have no charter schools, offer no standardized testing, and have 100% teacher’s unions. She points out that it’s poverty more than anything which is the greatest indicator of a successful classroom.

Obama Applauds Mass Firing of Teachers

By: Wednesday March 3, 2010 6:55 am

A wholesale firing of an entire school; the only ones left in the entire high school are the food service workers and the custodians. So why is Obama and his administration going out of its way to praise this mass firing?

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