DeSantis Battles the Teachers Union

By Larry Sand
Fighting for a sane measure for educators. Years ago, when I was teaching, I asked then United Teachers of Los Angeles president A.J. Duffy at a union meeting why teachers weren’t responsible for paying their own dues. He replied, “They might forget.” I didn’t respond, but knew that some of my colleagues were thinking what...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, California Federation of Teachers, California government unions, California Teachers Association, California teachers unions, Ron DeSantis, United Teachers Los Angeles, UTLA

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

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

Casting Pearls Before Caputo

By Larry Sand
Conflating regulation with accountability, teacher union leaders continue their deceptive talking points. While it’s up for grabs who originated the saying, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it,” Alex Caputo-Pearl is certainly one of its modern-day avatars. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, the...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, American Federation for Children, Andrew Gillum, Corey DeAngelis, EdChoice, Education Savings Accounts, James Shuls, Larry Sand, Pell Grants, Ron DeSantis, school choice, tax credit scholarship, teachers union, United Teachers of Los Angeles, vouchers

School choice’s strange bedfellows

By Larry Sand
The move to educational freedom brings together some unlikely allies. Shortly after the general election, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten was ecstatic. Writing in The New York Times, she insisted that there was a “realignment in the electorate.” She also claimed that “voters responded to a decade of disinvestment in public education and...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Andrew Gillum, Betsy DeVos, Education Next, Larry Sand, Randi Weingarten, Ron DeSantis, school choice, Scott Walker, tax credit scholarship, teachers union, voucher