Early Christmas Gift to Children and Taxpayers in Philadelphia?

By Larry Sand
School reformers in Philly decide to help taxpayers and kids; teachers unions fume. Philadelphia can be a tough town – so tough, in fact, that in 1968, frustrated and cranky Eagles fans even booed Santa Claus at a late season game. When that didn’t scare off old St. Nick, the hostile fans unleashed a barrage...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Jerry Jordan, Larry Sand, Michael Nutter, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, teachers union, Tom Corbett

The City of Brotherly Love (Cain and Abel Edition)

By Larry Sand
Philadelphia is a city famous for Ben Franklin, the Liberty Bell, cheesesteaks, and now – a miserable and bloated education system. In what has become an American tradition, another big city mayor has gone to war with “Big Education.”  Like Michael Bloomberg (NY), Antonio Villaraigosa (LA) and Rahm Emanuel (Chicago), Philadelphia’s Michael Nutter is dealing...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Larry Sand, Michael Nutter, Mike Antonucci, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, Tom Corbett

The Strange Politics of Education Reform

By Larry Sand
… where conservatives demand change and many alleged progressives, including teacher union elites, are really reactionary. While this may be old news to some, it can’t be said enough: In our polarized times, education reform is the only truly bipartisan issue, whereas with other matters things invariably break down into Republican vs. Democrat, liberal vs....

TAGS: Andrew Cuomo, Democrats for Education Reform, Diane Ravitch, Eric Holder, Heritage Foundation, Jay Greene, Larry Sand, Lindsey Burke, Lisa Snell, Michael Nutter, Rahm Emanuel, Reason Foundation, teachers union