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Chicago Union Objects to Higher Teacher Pay
posted by: Alix | July 17, 2012, 04:15 PM
Chicago has been an education reform hotspot ever since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the reins in January 2011. Everything from length of school day to teacher pay have been hot topics over the last few years; however, this week the issues hit a boiling point as teacher union leaders are expected to reject an arbitrator's recommendation of a 15-20% salary hike in favor of a proposed strike just as the new school year is slated to begin.   Continue Reading...
Chicago Education Reform Taking Center Stage
posted by: Alix | February 27, 2012, 03:01 PM
Chicago has been an education reform epicenter ever since newly elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the reins in January 2011. Everything from length of school day to teacher pay have been hot topics of late; however, last week the issue hit critical mass as teacher union leaders called on educators throughout the city to ditch their classes in favor of blocking Mayer Emanuel's reforms.   Continue Reading...
State Education and Labor Policy Developments
posted by: Alix | April 25, 2011, 02:46 PM
As the 2011 legislative session continues, states across the country are proceeding with legislation that seeks to curb union power and implement sweeping education reform. While the developments in Wisconsin and Ohio have seen the most media attention, there are a total of 729 bills currently pending in 48 states dealing with unions and union power, according to a database compiled by the non-partisan National Conference of State Legislatures. While not every state is making national headlines, the enormous amount of legislation is a sign of what will undoubtedly be the largest shift in union power in generations.   Continue Reading...
AAE Federal Update April 18, 2011
posted by: Alix | April 18, 2011, 07:10 PM
U.S. Supreme Courts Rules in Favor of Tax Credits   Continue Reading...
Education & Labor Reform Legislation Progress
posted by: Alix | April 18, 2011, 12:57 PM
As the legislative session moves full steam ahead, states across the country are proceeding with legislation that seeks to curb union power and implement broad education reform. While the developments in Wisconsin and Ohio have seen the most heated debate, there are a total of 729 bills currently pending in 48 states dealing with unions and collective bargaining, according to a database compiled by the non-partisan National Conference of State Legislatures. While not every state is making national headlines, the sheer volume proves that we are witnessing a monumental shift in union power that we haven't seen in generations.   Continue Reading...
The Latest from Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee, and Indiana
posted by: Alix | March 09, 2011, 12:13 PM
The battle over state budgets and union power rages on as Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee, and Indiana lawmakers are in various stages of passing landmark legislation. Despite lingering protests, weeks of media coverage, attempted filibusters and walk-outs, experts are speculating that we could see concessions from both sides beginning this week.   Continue Reading...
Progress in Labor Battle
posted by: Alix | February 25, 2011, 07:21 PM
The labor battle continues to heat up all over the country as Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio lawmakers are in various stages of passing legislation that would end compulsory unionism and close budget shortfalls. Despite huge protests, media coverage, attempted filibusters and walk-outs, progress has been made in Wisconsin over the last few hours.   Continue Reading...
Labor Saga Continues
posted by: Alix | February 24, 2011, 12:35 PM
The saga continues all over the country as Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio lawmakers are all fighting to end compulsory unionism and close budget shortfalls. Despite protests, national headlines and Democratic lawmakers leaving the states in droves, experts are calling this landmark legislation that will change the face of public sector unions for years to come.   Continue Reading...
Wisconsin May Be Just the Beginning
posted by: Alix | February 21, 2011, 10:24 PM
Governors who swept into power in state houses this year with promises to cut spending and bring business to depressed states are now beginning to usher in a new era of labor relations that could result in the largest reduction of power to public sector unions in generations.   Continue Reading...
Election 2010 Preliminary Reaction
posted by: Alix | November 03, 2010, 11:42 AM
Last night was a historic night for America. Republicans seized control of the U.S. House of Representatives and made significant gains in the Senate, including President Obama's former Illinois Senate seat. These outcomes will certainly have an impact on education policy in the U.S. along with intriguing results in state and local elections.   Continue Reading...
Education Leaders Speak Out
posted by: Alix | October 11, 2010, 09:36 AM
This weekend a poignant manifesto by some reform-minded education leaders surfaced as not only a means of taking responsibility for the problems in education but also a call to action for teachers, parents, students and communities to be part of the solution. The leaders recognize that the recent media attention around education has provided a truly unique opportunity to create a dialogue for reform. The authors of the manifesto as follows:   Continue Reading...
Race to the Top Round 2 Finalists Named
posted by: Colin | July 27, 2010, 03:33 PM

Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced today the eighteen states plus D.C. who have a chance to compete for the final round of the Race to the Top funding program. $3.4 billion is still up for grabs after Delaware and Tennessee received $600 million in round one.  Continue Reading...

Politicians Targeting Teachers Unions in Budget Crunch
posted by: Colin | June 07, 2010, 08:31 AM

Politico reports that Republican and some Democratic politicians have turned on public workers and their labor unions—particularly teachers unions, including the NEA and the AFT. According to Politico, "public employee unions [are] emerging as an intransigent public enemy number one in cities and state capitals across the country."  Continue Reading...

Bad news this morning regarding teacher pensions, so I hope you've had your coffee. A recent study by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research states that teacher pensions nationwide are underfunded by nearly $1 trillion—three times the estimate of government officials. The difference in estimates is because teacher pensions, unlike their private counterparts, assume a much higher—if unrealistic—return on investment and enjoy more freedom than private pension funds.  Continue Reading...

Report Analyzes First Round of Race to the Top
posted by: Colin | April 08, 2010, 10:45 AM

The New Teacher Project (TNTP) has released a thorough, PowerPoint-style analysis of the first round of Race to the Top, complete with recommendations for the Department of Education. The report is detailed and few of our readers will have the time to read it all, but here are some interesting highlights:  Continue Reading...

Race to the Top Phase 1 Winners: Delaware and Tennessee
posted by: Colin | March 29, 2010, 11:07 AM

The Obama administration announced that Delaware and Tennessee scored the highest on their Race to the Top proposals and will be awarded $100 million and $500 million, respectively. Both applications rely heavily on tracking student performance and linking it to teacher evaluation and even bonus pay.  Continue Reading...

Race to the Top Round 1 Finalists Named
posted by: Colin | March 04, 2010, 01:08 PM

Today the Department of Education announced the states that will advance as finalists for phase 1 of the Race to the Top competition. Race to the Top is a $4.35 billion effort to reward reforms, such as   Continue Reading...

December 2009 Education Matters: Declaring Independence
posted by: Colin | January 04, 2010, 09:24 AM

The December 2009 edition of Education Matters (now available for non-members to read and download) includes an article highlighting how a local teachers union in Washington state disaffiliated from the state and national teachers unions. In "Declaring Independence," read about how the local teachers freed themselves from the WEA and the NEA—and saved money.   Continue Reading...