Iowa bill limits collective bargaining privileges for government unions

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 in Uncategorized 3 Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa lawmakers plan to roll back collective bargaining benefits for teachers and other public sector workers by limiting the topics of union negotiations and requiring certification votes, among other changes. Republicans took control of all three branches of Iowa government in 2016, and they’re now advancing legislation to curb collective bargaining […]

Teachers strike in PA district for 16 percent pay increase

By Victor Skinner on Monday, January 9th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

PALMERTON, Pa. – About 132 teachers, nurses and other school employees in a Pennsylvania school district went on strike Monday to push for a 16 percent pay increase over four years. Classes were canceled in the Palmerton Area School District Monday so teachers and other members of the local union can protest for higher pay […]

Government school unionists slam Trump Education Secretary-designate DeVos

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

BELLMORE, N.Y. – Teachers are mobilizing social media and letter writing campaigns against President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. The “Badass Teachers Association” – a group of about 80,000 radically far left educators – are applying a full-court press against DeVos’ Senate confirmation with a Twitter campaign […]

GRINCHES: PA teachers strike expected to spoil students’ Christmas break

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

DALLAS, Pa. – Teachers in Dallas Township, Pennsylvania walked out on their students Monday for the district’s first-ever teachers strike, though the extent of the teachers union’s demands remain unclear. Dallas Education Association officials contend they’ve presented the district’s negotiation team with multiple healthcare and salary proposals, and opted to strike after delaying the action […]

School choice advocates celebrate victories in AR, FL, GA, IN, IA, KY, LA, MO, NV, OK, TN, WI

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Federation for Children, a pro-school choice advocacy group, is touting nationwide momentum for its cause in the wake of the 2016 election. A total of 80 out of 82 candidates endorsed by the AFC won their races across the country on election night, making it clear that many parents are […]

IN voters oust union-backed, anti-school choice state superintendent Glenda Ritz

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s union-backed Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction was swept out of office Tuesday in an election dominated by Republican victories. Glenda Ritz, darling of the Indiana State Teachers Association union, lost her re-election bid to Republican Jennifer McCormick, a reform-minded candidate who cast herself as a teacher-friendly Republican, the Indianapolis Star reports. According […]

NYC teachers avoid the ax despite disturbing behavior with students

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, October 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

NEW YORK – Several tenured New York City teachers accused of disturbing behavior with students are now serving as substitutes after receiving minor reprimands through the teacher termination process. The New York Post is highlighting how the process for terminating tenured teachers laid out in the teachers union contract with the city often results instead […]

Unions account for 99.4% of contributions to block MA charter school expansion

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

BOSTON – The nation’s teachers unions hate charter schools that compete with traditional unionized public schools, so they’re spending millions to fight against a dozen new charter schools in Massachusetts. Massachusetts voters will decide Question 2 on the November ballot, which would authorize 12 new charter schools in the state if approved. A campaign to […]

Cost of CPS-CTU contract: $8.9 billion, cap on charter schools

By Victor Skinner on Monday, October 17th, 2016 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

CHICAGO – Chicago residents are getting the first look at the estimated cost of the city’s new four-year contract with the Chicago Teachers Union: $8.9 billion. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the contract, settled hours before a planned teachers strike for Oct. 11, will cost about $100 million more than a settlement that was rejected […]

School fires teacher for serving as ‘lookout’ during colleague’s classroom sex with student

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – A Pennsylvania school board Monday fired a high school teacher who allegedly helped a co-worker engage in sex with a student at school. The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board terminated Coughlin High School math and industrial arts teacher Brian Hampel, 44, for allegedly serving as a lookout for Stephen Stahl, who was convicted […]

NEA’s $100,000 contribution buys NAACP call for moratorium on charter schools

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

BALTIMORE, Md. – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is throwing millions of black families under the bus by continuing a campaign against charter schools, which have helped to boost academics for minority students. The move aligns with the organization’s political position in a Democratic Party dominated by organized labor leaders who […]

Bourne Hypocrisy: Public school advocate Matt Damon’s kids rejected by posh private school

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

NEW YORK – A-list movie celebrity Matt Damon is known for lecturing the public about the dire need to save public schools, and he’s often among the first to champion education issues promoted by teachers unions. And recent revelations about Damon’s decision to relocate from Los Angeles to New York is once again exposing why […]

Teachers union slams NYC Mayor de Blasio’s plan to eliminate student suspensions

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

NEW YORK – Teachers and parents are sounding off about new student discipline rules imposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio that prevents schools from suspending certain students. “Eliminating the ability of a school to intervene using suspensions, without understanding what drives the suspensions or providing educators with the resources … is unrealistic and shortsighted,” United […]

Charter schools drive academic gains in NYC, closing achievement gap

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

NEW YORK – New York City charter schools are quickly replacing traditional public schools as the highest performing in the city, prompting school choice advocates to call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to expand access. De Blasio, who was elected with the help of the charter school-hating United Federations of Teachers union, has resisted calls […]

Teachers union presidents focus more on Trump than improving schools at DNC

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized 4 Comments

PHILADELPHIA – Leaders of the nation’s teachers unions took to the stage of the Democratic National Convention Monday, but their comments were not focused on education but rather partisan politics, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten wasted no time in attacking Trump on stage Monday, and launched […]

Las Vegas teacher vows revenge after union denies her request to leave

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas middle school teacher is fuming after her teachers union denied her request to leave the union, and now she’s on a mission to ensure union officials regret the decision. Robison Middle School teacher Cindy Robertson doesn’t think the Clark County Education Association’s representation is worth the union’s exorbitant dues, […]