Union fights to save job of Vegas teacher caught viewing porn in class

By Victor Skinner on Friday, August 11th, 2017 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

LAS VEGAS – Nevada’s statewide teachers union and the Clark County Education Association that represents Las Vegas teachers are pointing fingers at each other over a grievance case for a member fired for watching porn in class. Last week an arbitrators upheld the Clark County School District’s decision to fire Northwest Career and Technical Academy […]

Will MA teachers union fight bill to ban sex with students?

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

BOSTON – Massachusetts lawmakers are considering legislation to crack down on educators who sexually abuse students by outlawing all relationships, including those who meet the age of consent. State Sen. Joan Lovely introduced Senate Bill 295 to address student-teacher relationships involving students between the ages of 16 and 19 – students who meet the legal […]

2nd PA district faces lawsuit over ‘ghost teachers’ paid by taxpayers to work for union full time

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

READING, Pa. – A second Pennsylvania school district is facing litigation over the practice of paying the full salary and benefits of educators released from classroom duties to work for their union full time. Americans for Fair Treatment filed a lawsuit against the Reading School District over “ghost teachers” who have received more than $500,000 […]

TX approves new laws aimed at cracking down on educators who sexually abuse students

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, May 11th, 2017 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas House gave final approval Tuesday to legislation that will impose a two-year felony on school administrators who do not report allegations of improper student-teacher relationships, and will task schools with crafting policies for online communications. Senate Bill 7 is aimed at cracking down on an epidemic of educators caught sexually […]

CA unions demand pay raises despite skyrocketing teacher pension costs

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

FOLSOM, Calif. – School districts across California are warning employees of a looming “uncertain economic period” brought on in large part by skyrocketing teacher pension payments in coming years. Legislation enacted in 2014 forces California schools to increase contributions to the California State Teachers Retirement System and the California Public Employment Retirement System on July […]

New York City school continues paying convicted teacher — in jail!

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

NEW YORK – A Harlem elementary school teacher who admitted to shoving a 7-year-old student will continue to draw his salary as he serves 30 days in the city’s main jail complex on Rikers Island. Osman Couey, 55, as sentenced to a month at Rikers after a two-day bench trial in Manhattan Criminal Court over […]

TX investigates 159 educator-student sex cases this school year — over 80 since January!

By Victor Skinner on Monday, April 17th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Texas seems to be on pace to match or exceed last year’s record of 222 investigations into allegations of educators in inappropriate relationships with students. The Texas Education Agency, which investigates educator misconduct, has opened 159 cases so far in the 2016-17 school year, including more than 80 in 2017 alone, […]

Schools expand use of ‘telepresence’ teaching as unions trash online learning

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Milwaukee Public Schools is using “Telepresence” to connect students with advanced placement classes not offered at their schools using instructors working remotely online. “We had some schools that had several AP courses, but you had schools that either didn’t have offerings or had one or two offering,” MPS chief innovation officer Tonya […]

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 […]