Minnesota’s Toxic Twins

By Larry Sand
Randi Weingarten and Hillary Clinton embrace, as parents sue to modify rigid, anti-child union work rules. The yearly American Federation of Teachers wingding was a doozie this year. The 100th anniversary of the union and the presence of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton made for an especially noxious four days in Minnesota – a forced...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Campbell Brown, Chris Stewart, Hillary Clinton, Larry Sand, Randi Weingarten, seniority, teacher shortage, teachers union, tenure

Vergara Update: Virtues and Villainy

By Larry Sand
The union and media reactions to the appeals court decision in the Vergara case had me going through a whole can of room deodorizer. In 2014, the plaintiffs in the Vergara trial claimed that several California education statutes – all of which are on the books at the behest of the teachers unions – cause...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Campbell Brown, Eric Hanushek, Eric Heins, Larry Sand, National Education Association, Randi Weingarten, Rolf Treu, seniority, Students Matter, Susan Bonilla, teachers union, tenure, Vergara

Teachers Unions Give Middle Finger to the Middle Class

By Larry Sand
New documents show, yet again, teachers unions’ disdain for American workers. If you Google NEA + middle class + Friedrichs, you will be barraged with a load of demagogic union bromides about how the Friedrichs case – which opposes mandatory dues payments to public employee unions (PEUs) as a condition of employment – will, if...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Campbell Brown, Friedrichs, Larry Sand, Michael Mulgrew, National Education Association, public employee unions, teachers union, United Federation of Teachers

Democrats and Teachers Unions: The Chasm Grows

By Larry Sand
As more Dems demand education reform, the teachers unions find themselves increasingly isolated. Going back to 2009, I have written many times about the relationship between the teachers unions and the Democratic Party. It’s no secret that the party and the unions were at one time synonymous, but this is rapidly becoming history. Quite clearly,...

TAGS: Andrew Cuomo, Campbell Brown, Democratic Party, Democrats for Education Reform, Joel Klein, Koch Brothers, Larry Sand, Michael Mulgrew, National Education Association, New York State United Teachers, teachers union, United Federation of Teachers

Being Open About Financial Support is the Smartest Policy

By Private: Gloria Romero
I recently admonished former U.S. Department of Education undersecretary Diane Ravitch for making what I considered sexist remarks seeking to discredit former CNN journalist Campbell Brown’s credibility on education issues. Brown founded New York’s Parent Transparency Project and is championing the newly formed Partnership for Educational Justice, dedicated to supporting the latest challenge to overturn...

TAGS: Campbell Brown, Diane Ravitch, Gloria Romero, Vergara vs. California

Post-Vergara Rumblings

By Larry Sand
The Vergara decision is three weeks old – and due to the teachers unions’ appeal, nothing has changed. Or has it? Because Judge Rolf Treu has placed a stay on his Vergara ruling pending the outcome of the teachers unions’ appeal, the tenure, seniority and dismissal statutes are still alive and well in California. However,...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Campbell Brown, Dennis Van Roekel, Larry Sand, last in first out, Mike Antonucci, National Education Association, New York State United Teachers, Randi Weingarten, Rolf Treu, seniority, teachers union, tenure, Vergara

“While the union’s behavior is disturbing, it certainly isn’t shocking.”

By Larry Sand
American Enterprise Institute research fellow Michael McShane’s comment addresses the bullying effort by the Louisiana teachers union. (h/t Jay Greene.) Recently the Louisiana Association of Educators threatened to sue private schools if they participate in the Pelican State’s new voucher program. As the Wall Street Journal reports, Teachers unions allege that sending public dollars to...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Campbell Brown, Michelle Rhee, Randi Weingarten, RiShawn Biddle, teachers union