‘Diversity’ speaker contracts reveal lifestyles of rich and famous ‘social justice warriors’

By Steve Gunn on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 in Spending 5 Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With racial tensions boiling over in some sectors of society, transgender issues provoking debate, and progressive academics pushing radical concepts like “white privilege,” universities have been investing more money in departments and programs addressing racial and cultural diversity. At some schools, like Ohio State University, it’s a great deal of money. The […]

VIDEO: Anti-Christian group demands end to parent-led ‘Jesus Lunches’

By Media Trackers on Friday, April 22nd, 2016 in Uncategorized 8 Comments

MIDDLETON, Wis. – Annie Laurie Gaylor is on a mission: Stop local moms in Middleton, Wisconsin from organizing a weekly free lunch for students – including their own kids – because Jesus gets a mention. Gaylor is a leader at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Madison based non-profit that agitates around the country to […]

HATE PAYS: Prof calls Republicans ‘dying white people,’ receives raise

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

EAST LANSING, Mich. – In fall 2013, Michigan State University Professor William Penn berated students with an anti-Republican classroom rant captured on video. Penn said Republicans were old people with “dead skin cells washing off them” who raped the U.S. to get “everything out of it they possibly could.” He also told students if they […]

Chicago teachers highest paid among nation’s 50 largest school districts

By Illinois Policy Institute on Friday, April 1st, 2016 in Spending 2 Comments

CHICAGO –The Chicago Teachers Union, or CTU, on Feb. 1 rejected Chicago Public Schools’, or CPS’, contract offer, which would have provided salary increases for teachers but required that they contribute fully to their pensions. Given CTU’s rejection of the contract – and the vitriol that CTU officials directed at CPS after the district’s Feb. […]

Teacher plaintiff worries Scalia death may impact Supreme Court union dues decision

By UnionWatch on Friday, March 25th, 2016 in Unions 5 Comments

Rebecca Friedrichs, a third-grade teacher in the Savanna School District, which serves portions of northwest Orange County, is the lead plaintiff in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a lawsuit brought by several teachers that challenged the hegemonic power of their union to collect fees from non-union members. The challenge, made on First Amendment grounds, could […]

Pittsburgh administrators rake in big pay, despite below-average student performance

By Steve Gunn on Friday, March 18th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

PITTSBURGH – It seems the Pittsburgh school district has a long-term problem with debt. While many districts around the nation have recovered financially since the Great Recession, Pittsburgh seems plagued with constant budget deficits. In January 2014, for example, the district had an “operating deficit” of about $14 million, after raising property taxes by two […]

Prince George, MD schools get more money, spend big on hotels, restaurants

By Steve Gunn on Monday, March 14th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. – In December 2014, the Prince George’s Public School District in Maryland imposed a district-wide “selective” hiring freeze, and announced that all departments would be asked to limit discretionary spending, to deal with anticipated budget problems, according to the Washington Post. This occurred as school district Chief Kevin Mitchell requested an increase […]

Newburgh, NY schools cut teachers while administrators rake in big bucks

By Steve Gunn on Monday, March 14th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – Almost a year ago, teachers in the Newburgh, New York school district were angered over an administrative proposal to eliminate 17 teaching assistant positions. Superintendent Roberto Padilla recommended the cuts so the district would have enough money to hire five new kindergarten teachers and decrease class sizes, according to RecordOnline.com “If we’re […]

Salt Lake City schools hike taxes to pay big salaries, despite lagging academics

By Steve Gunn on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 in Spending No Comments

SALT LAKE CITY – In 2013, critics of the Utah legislature claimed the state was failing to “adequately fund schools.” They were speaking specifically of the Salt Lake City school district, which was apparently in a financial pickle at the time. But the accusation is hard to believe, considering the top end of the school […]

Only 15% of Albany, NY 3rd graders proficient in math — but administrators rake in big bucks anyway

By Steve Gunn on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 in Spending No Comments

ALBANY, NY. – When are people going to get over the notion that more money for public schools equals better instruction for children? And when are school boards going to abandon the idea that the more money they pay administrators, the better the chance for student success? Let’s take a look at the Albany, New […]

Brentwood, NY schools pay big salaries, but only 14% of 3rd graders proficient in English

By Steve Gunn on Monday, February 29th, 2016 in Spending 3 Comments

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. – Here’s an interesting comparison. The Dallas, Texas school district has about 160,000 students and had 211 employees earn at least $100,000 in straight salary in 2014-15. The Seattle, Washington school district has about 50,000 students and had 275 employees reach six figures that year. The San Francisco school district has about 57,000 […]

Montebello, CA administrators rake in big pay while academic performance comes up short

By Steve Gunn on Monday, February 29th, 2016 in Spending No Comments

MONTEBELLO, Calif. – In 2012, California voters approved a massive tax hike to support public schools. Proposition 30, which passed with 55 percent of the vote, increased the state sales tax from 7.25 to 7.5 percent. It also imposed large income tax increases on wealthier Californians. Taxes were increased 10.3 percent on those making between […]

Wasteful spending in high-poverty schools compounds problems

By Steve Gunn on Friday, February 26th, 2016 in Spending, Uncategorized No Comments

WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.C. – It’s difficult enough to provide effective instruction for K-12 students from poor neighborhoods. Too many come from homes where education is not valued or respected, or where substandard living conditions prevent children from focusing the necessary attention on their studies. That situation is only made worse when officials in school districts […]

1,194 San Bernardino school workers made $100,000+, despite poor student achievement

By Steve Gunn on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 in Spending 1 Comment

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Everyone knows that California is a wonderland for Big Labor. Nowhere is that more painfully obvious than in public schools, where labor costs remain very high due to aggressive collective bargaining every few years at contract time. And there doesn’t seem to be much of a connection between increased salaries, more […]