My latest open letter to Randi Weingarten

By Larry Sand
This is the fifth in a series of missives to the president of the American Federation of Teachers. (The first four can be accessed here.) Hey Randi! Can you believe it! Next Monday will be our tenth anniversary! Yup, a whole decade has passed since Terry Moe, Rod Paige and I devoured you and two...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Betsy DeVos, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Janus decision, Larry Sand, NRA, Randi Weingarten, Rod Paige, teachers union, Terry Moe

Vermont’s school choice secret

By Larry Sand
As the political exhibition season ends, here’s a brief look at where the candidates stand on school choice, and the Green Mountain State’s 150-year-old parental choice program. In 2015, the American Federation of Teachers anointed Hillary Clinton as its 2016 presidential preference, with no input from its rank-and-file. This did not sit well with the...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Larry Sand, school choice, teachers union

The faux nonprofit prophets

By Larry Sand
The clamor over for-profit charters has no substance whatsoever. Among the many vapid rallying cries in the 2019 presidential follies is the one that stresses the importance of eliminating for-profit charter schools. In October, Elizabeth Warren released her education plan that proposed eliminating them, and using the IRS to investigate existing schools that may “actually...

TAGS: Bernie Sanders, California Teachers Association, Elizabeth Warren, James Tooley, Kids Not Profits, Larry Sand, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, National Assessment of Educational Progress, teachers union, The Beautiful Tree

Is Elitist Elizabeth’s campaign collapsing?

By Larry Sand
The NEA grills POTUS candidates on the issues, and Elizabeth Warren is outed as a world-class hypocrite. In an attempt to be transparent about its endorsing process, the National Education Association is recording interviews with all the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. And Elizabeth Warren’s effort is right in line with her talk in Atlanta, in...

TAGS: Charter schools, Elizabeth Warren, Greg Forster, Larry Sand, National Education Association, school choice, teachers union, vouchers

Democratic POTUS candidates must choose between parents and unions

By Larry Sand
Sanders stands firm on the issues; Warren and Booker are chameleon-like; Biden is meh. As I wrote in May, several of the Democratic presidential hopefuls were tripping over each other in an effort to secure the endorsement of the teachers unions. These candidates were most pointed in criticizing any form of school choice. Bernie Sanders...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Andrew Gillum, Bernie Sanders, Charter schools, Corey DeAngelis, Cory Booker, Democrats for Education Reform, Education Next, Elizabeth Warren, Howard Fuller, Joe Biden, Larry Sand, Randi Weingarten, Ron DeSantis, school choice, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, vouchers

Will UTLA endorse socialist Bernie Sanders?

By Larry Sand
The L.A. teachers union may officially support Bernie Sanders for president next week. Back in September, the United Teachers of Los Angeles board of directors began a process to endorse Bernie Sanders for president, and on November 14th there will be a formal vote by the union’s House of Representatives. UTLA president Alex Caputo-Pearl is...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, American Federation of Teachers, Bernie Sanders, Charter schools, education spending, Elizabeth Warren, James Agresti, Just Facts, Larry Sand, Randi Weingarten, socialism, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Elizabeth Warren’s “No Teachers Union Left behind” Campaign

By Larry Sand
Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren used to be a Republican, a Native American and pro-school choice. Now she is a Democrat, a Caucasian and anti-choice teacher union suck-up. As I wrote back in May, the Democratic presidential contenders were battling each other fiercely to score the endorsement of the nation’s teachers unions. The anointment comes with...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, California Charter Schools Association, Center for Education Reform, Charter schools, Chris Stewart, education spending, Elizabeth Warren, Jeanne Allen, Larry Sand, Myrna Castrejón, Randi Weingarten, school choice, teachers union, Thomas Kane

Elizabeth Warren’s Private Equity Plan May Harm Public Employees

By Marc Joffe
Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), a 2020 presidential candidate, proposed a plan to rein in private equity funds that engage in leveraged buyouts—acquiring companies with large amounts of borrowed money. Although the idea of cracking down on financial engineering is attractive to many, it could have the unintended consequence of lowering asset returns for public...

TAGS: Elizabeth Warren, Marc Joffe, pensions, Unions

POTUS candidates line up to kiss the union ring

By Larry Sand
Democratic contenders attempt to lock in teacher union endorsements to the detriment of taxpayers and the neediest students. A full year before the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the American Federation of Teachers endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. This infuriated many teachers who preferred Bernie Sanders, rightfully feeling they had no role in the decision. So...

TAGS: American Federation for Children, American Federation of Teachers, Bernie Sanders, Betsy DeVos, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Jason Riley, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Larry Sand, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, National Education Association, Randi Weingarten, teachers union

The other (left) shoe has dropped

By Larry Sand
The choice between unions becoming more ecumenical or more radical has been made. In the run-up to the Janus decision, some thought a victory for the plaintiff would lead to the teachers unions becoming more politically balanced by embracing at least some conservative candidates and causes as a way to ensure the uninterrupted flow of...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Bernie Sanders, California Teachers Association, Chicago Teachers Union, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Janus v. AFSCME, Jesse Sharkey, Larry Sand, National Education Association, socialism, teachers union