Archive for July, 2012

Report: Union rules forcing great teachers to flee

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By Ben Velderman
EAGnews.org

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – During his address at the American Federation of Teachers’ recent convention, Vice President Joe Biden warned union members that they “are under full blown assault” by their critics and political opponents.
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Why have “Meatless Mondays” in schools? To reduce the threat of dreaded cow farts

By Kyle Olson
EAGnews.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Beef producers recently cried foul when the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced to its employees that it would be imposing a “Meatless Mondays” program in the department’s cafeterias.  In an employee newsletter, the department ironically criticized beef and dairy production, two industries it’s supposed to be promoting.
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Merit pay concept making a comeback in Mississippi

Ashleigh Costello
EAGnews.org

Jackson, Miss.– If Gov. Phil Bryant has his way, Mississippi’s statewide system of seniority-based teacher raises will be kicked to the curb.  Last week, the Republican governor announced plans to implement a new system to pay teachers according to student performance.
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Governor of Maine says K-12 schools should pay for college remedial classes

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By Ben Velderman
EAGnews.org

AUGUSTA, Maine – Every year, 54 out of 100 Maine college freshmen discover they don’t have the basic reading, writing or math skills necessary to complete university-level work. These students wind up in remedial classes where they learn how to write a coherent essay and understand fundamental math principles.
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Problem with teachers unions is they make themselves, members the top priority

By Hang La
Indiana Policy Review Foundation

FORT WAYNE, Indiana – Despite a stated interest in professionalism and student achievement, American teacher unions have been unable or unwilling to wean themselves from dependence on government privilege, much of it exclusive. And as a result, their existence and welfare as an organization take precedence over serving their clients, i.e., educating students.
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