Creative Instruction and Its Enemies

By Larry Sand
Parents battle the education monolith in the COVID-19 shutdown wars.  The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the teachers unions and others in the education establishment as a Hydra that will go to great lengths to insure that in-person learning is denied throughout the country. In Boston, the teachers union is suing the mayor and other city...

TAGS: creative destruction, CREDO, Jason Bedrick, Lamar Alexander, Larry Sand, Matthew Ladner, pandemic pods, teachers union, Tim Scott

The misguided and DeVos-deranged teachers unions

By Larry Sand
Even during a national crisis, the nearsighted (and, very possibly, soon to be blindsided) NEA and AFT are happy to see private schools wither and die.   When government-run schools next open, social distancing, masks, obsessive cleaning, etc. will be mandated throughout much of the country. The education establishment is claiming it will need a...

TAGS: Betsy DeVos, Jason Bedrick, Larry Sand, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, National Education Association, Ron DeSantis, teachers union

Defective collective bargaining

By Larry Sand
Despite what teachers unions tell you, collective bargaining is bad for kids and country.  Ask any teacher unionista – leader or camp follower – and they will tell you with great assuredness that when teachers are organized and collectively bargain, children are better educated. To bolster their argument, they say things like unions enable teachers...

TAGS: Act 10, Alexander Willen, Barbara Biasi, Caroline Hoxby, collective bargaining, Jason Bedrick, Larry Sand, Michael Lovenheim, Rick Hess, Scott Walker, teachers union, Terry Moe

School Choice, Uber and Accountability

By Larry Sand
Betsy DeVos’ ridesharing analogy is spot on, but draws Randi’s wrath.  At the Brookings Institution last week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos gave a talk in which she drew parallels between school choice and the ascendancy of ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. “Just as the traditional taxi systems revolted against ridesharing, so too does the...

TAGS: accountability, American Federation of Teachers, Betsy DeVos, EdChoice, Jason Bedrick, Larry Sand, NAEP, Randi Weingarten, school choice, seniority, teachers union, tenure

Let’s Deep-six Prop. 30

By Larry Sand
The signatures for an initiative that would extend 2012’s “temporary” tax increase in California are due today. Four years ago Californians voted in Prop. 30, a “temporary” tax, to pay back schools “from the years of devastating cuts.” But as I show here, there was hardly any devastation; in fact, our spending had continued to...

TAGS: Andrew Coulson, Ben DeGrow, California Teachers Association, Cato Institute, EdSource, education spending, Eric Heins, Jason Bedrick, John Fensterwald, Larry Sand, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, pension tsunami, Prop. 30, Randi Weingarten, teachers union

The Coulson Effect on Education

By Larry Sand
An education free market stalwart leaves us way too soon. On February 7th, Andrew Coulson tragically passed away at age 48 from brain cancer. As Senior Fellow in Education Policy at the Cato Institute, he led the charge for free market reforms in education. An unapologetic capitalist, he believed that the market would inevitably lead...

TAGS: Abood, American Federation of Teachers, Andrew Coulson, Antonin Scalia, Cato Institute, collective bargaining, Eva Moskowitz, free market, Friedrichs, Jason Bedrick, Larry Sand, Michael Lovenheim, Neal McCluskey, Randi Weingarten, teachers union

Private v. Big Government-Unionized Schools

By Larry Sand
If almost half the unionized workers at an auto plant could get a free Chevy as a company perk, but instead bought one made by non-union workers from a different car-maker, what would you think? A few weeks ago, Richard Stutman, head of the Boston Teachers Union, wrote a piece in which he delivered the...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Cato Institute, Fordham Institute, Greg Forster, James Tooley, Jason Bedrick, Larry Sand, teachers union, The Beautiful Tree

Pseudo Studies and Push Polls

By Larry Sand
Teachers unions turn to “facts” as they desperately cling to their monopolistic, anti-privatization narrative. Last Thursday the “non-partisan” Center for Tax and Budget Accountability rolled out a report that slammed vouchers, claiming that there is “no statistical evidence proving that students who use vouchers perform better than their public school counterparts.” The “study,” as reported...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Bob Peterson, Cato Institute, Center for Popular Democracy, Education Next, Friedman Foundation, Greg Forster, Illinois Federation of Teachers, Jason Bedrick, Larry Sand, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, No Child Left Behind, Randi Weingarten, school choice, teachers union, vouchers

Happy Sue Year!

By Larry Sand
The Chinese zodiac is transitioning from “horse” to “sheep,” but in the U.S., where school choice is involved, the species in 2014-2015 is “lawyer.” School choice comes in many flavors, but the privatization kind is the most threatening to various special interests because government-run schools are money-makers and power bases for them. Teachers unions, entrenched...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Cato Institute, education savings account, Florida Education Association, Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, Jason Bedrick, Larry Sand, National Education Association, school choice, tax-credit scholarships, teachers union, vouchers, Wisconsin