Teachers Unions Are Promoting School Choice

By Larry Sand
As a result of their insistence on school closings, the unions are inadvertently leading the charge to educational freedom. As I wrote last week, opposition to teacher union-mandated lockdowns is growing. Parent groups are springing up all over the country, demanding that schools reopen. They see the irreparable harm being done to their kids on...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, EdChoice, Eric Hanushek, Larry Sand, Randi Weingarten, school choice, teachers union

School Reopenings Are Being Determined by Politics and Unions

By Larry Sand
School lockdowns have little if anything to do with “science.” A working paper released this month by Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform reveals that local politics – not the severity of COVID-19 – is the most important factor in determining whether k-12 public school districts opened for in-person learning in the fall. Political...

TAGS: Austin Beutner, Christos Makridis, Corey DeAngelis, COVID-19, Eric Hanushek, Larry Sand, reopening, teachers union

If Everyone Is Behind, Then No One Is Behind

By Larry Sand
COVID-19 has further exposed the teachers unions’ disregard for children. In early September, researchers Corey DeAngelis and Christos Makridis released the results of a study they spearheaded, which found that “school districts in places with stronger teachers’ unions are much less likely to offer full-time, in-person instruction this fall.” The authors stress that the results...

TAGS: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Federation for Children, Christos Makridis, Corey DeAngelis, COVID-19, Eric Hanushek, Larry Sand, teachers union, Washington Education Association

Fifty costly years of failure to “fix” education

By Larry Sand
Research shows that technocratic reforms have made no difference in alleviating the achievement gap. A new study by Eric Hanushek et al. for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) shows that all the top-down fixes – No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, etc. – piled on by the education industrial complex have...

TAGS: Eric Hanushek, Greg Forster, Larry Sand, No Child Left Behind, Programme for International Student Assessment, Rick Hess, school choice, teachers union

Race to the Left

By Larry Sand
Kamala Harris has concocted a brazen plan to get the teacher union endorsement in 2020.  In July, 2015, a full year before the last 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. AFT...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Andrew Biggs, Bernie Sanders, Center for American Progress, Eric Hanushek, James Agresti, Jason Richwine, Kamala Harris, Larry Sand, Randi Weingarten, teacher pay, teachers union

Class size matters…not a whit

By Larry Sand
Perhaps the “fake news” story of the year – actually the last 20 years – is that small class size is essential to learning. Under the leadership of its cantankerous president Alex Caputo-Pearl, the United Teachers of Los Angeles is planning to strike – very possibly in January. The union’s demands haven’t budged, even as...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, Andrew Coulson, Austin Beutner, Benjamin Scafidi, Cato Institute, class-size, EdChoice, Eric Hanushek, Larry Sand, Los Angeles Unified School District, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles

Teacher pay fray

By Larry Sand
  In light of strikes past and future, a brief review of teacher compensation is in order. A recent headline in the Austin American-Statesman caught my eye. It read, “Texas education chief suggests paying higher-performing teachers more.” Those of you whose first reaction is “Well, duh,” are hardly outliers. But in the land of...

TAGS: Democrats for Education Reform, Education Next, Educators for Excellence, Eric Hanushek, Janus, Larry Sand, pensions, teacher pay, teachers union

Profits of doom

By Larry Sand
From California to Africa, teachers unions fight the “for-profit” bogeyman. Well, I guess we can all rest just a bit easier now that California is on the verge of banning for-profit charter schools. Sponsored by the California Federation of Teachers, AB 406 is making its way through the California State Senate, having glided through the...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Eric Hanushek, James Tooley, Josh Pechthalt, Kevin McCarty, Larry Sand, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, National Education Association, Neal McCluskey, teachers union, The Beautiful Tree

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