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, […]

Democratic education platform: Government knows best; less choice and more spending

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

PHILADELPHIA – The education policies of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform rely heavily on government intervention to fix the problems that plague public education, virtually the opposite of a Republican platform focused primarily on parental choice. Democrats laid bare their “strong belief that every student should be able to go to college debt-free, and working […]

Dozens of CO teachers set to lose tenure protection under new evaluation system

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

DENVER – Nearly four dozen tenured Denver Public Schools teachers are expected to lose their non-probationary status as a result of education reforms passed in 2010. In Douglas County schools, it’s 24 teachers. The Aurora district expects 12 teachers to lose tenure, Chalkbeat reports. Colorado’s teacher effectiveness law requires all teachers to be evaluated every […]

Hillary tells teachers union: ‘I’m with you’

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 in Uncategorized 5 Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Shortly after Hillary Clinton learned she likely will not face criminal charges as a result of an FBI investigation, the presidential hopeful addressed the National Education Association’s annual convention in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Clinton’s comments, which came complete with her fake southern accent and school choice talking points, prompted mixed reactions […]

Undercover video exposes how unions help misbehaving, abusive teachers

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

YONKERS, N.Y. – A recently published video by undercover journalist James O’Keefe highlights exactly how some teachers who physically abuse students are able to avoid or minimize the consequences for their actions. The video posted to YouTube last week by O’Keefe’s Project Veritas is shot from a hidden camera as an undercover operative posed as […]

Buffalo school board mulls end to free plastic surgeries for teachers

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Buffalo teachers have received free plastic surgery, courtesy of taxpayers, for more than a decade as part of their teachers union contract, and school board members are poised to put an end to the $5 million annual expense. The provision was included in a contract with the Buffalo Teachers Federation that expired […]

Foul-mouthed, sex talking Philly teacher reinstated over termination technicality

By Victor Skinner on Friday, June 3rd, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

PHILADELPHIA – A fired Philadelphia teacher with a penchant for cursing and talking about sex with students was reinstated with back pay after a judge reversed his termination because school officials didn’t follow proper procedures. Commonwealth Court Judge Anne E. Covey wrote in an opinion that the court “does not condone” the conduct of former […]

Schools charge parents for students to eat home-packed lunches in cafeteria

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

YORKSHIRE, England – Parents allege a primary school in Yorkshire, England is charging them about $1.43 a day to eat their home-packed lunch in the cafeteria. And a secondary school in south east England is reportedly charging more than $2.50 to eat their own lunch at school, parents told the country’s teachers union. The union, […]

Boston union accused of using students ‘as propaganda’ during spending kerfuffle

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

BOSTON – Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and others are calling out union-affiliated groups for their involvement in a “student” walkout Monday that drew more than 1,000 to the capitol. “I’d love to see who’s behind the walkout,” Walsh said. “Whoever’s behind it, I hope they start to feed the young students in our city with […]