‘Cherry picking’? Union-run schools dump struggling kids on charters

By Steven Greenhut
Sacramento — Teachers’ union leaders hoping to discount the runaway academic success of charter schools have claimed charters lure the best-performing kids, leaving traditional, union-run public schools to handle poor-performing and struggling students. In its statement launching the anti-charter “Kids Not Profits” campaign, for instance, the California Teachers’ Association claimed that charters “cherry-pick the students...

TAGS: Charter schools, teachers unions

Union dues are cutting into teacher’s retirement funds

By Jackie Lavalleye
Union dues take a large bite out of the paychecks of California teachers. We estimate that newly hired, full-time teachers will pay $37,000 in dues over a 30-year career. Further, if new teachers could fully opt out of the union and instead save their dues in an Individual Retirement Account, they would each have $228,000...

TAGS: California Teachers Association, National Education Association, public sector unions, teachers union, teachers unions

Police misconduct undermines justice and costs taxpayers plenty

By Steven Greenhut
Sacramento — News reports last week suggest the city of Oakland may be ready to settle a civil lawsuit filed by the teenage woman at the heart of a sex-abuse scandal that rocked Oakland’s and other nearby police departments since 2015. All things considered, the city is fortunate. The reported settlement is just under $1...

TAGS: police unions, teachers unions

Teachers’ unions losing the long battle over parental choice

By Steven Greenhut
Sacramento — Supporters of charter schools, homeschooling and other forms of school “choice” are so used to fighting in the trenches against the state’s muscular teachers’ unions that they often forget how much progress they’ve made in the last decade or so. Recent events have shown the degree of progress, even if they still face...

TAGS: LAUSD, school board, teachers unions

Unions party like it’s 1886

By Larry Sand
May Day, which may have had some justification 131 years ago, has become an excuse for unions to spread leftwing propaganda. As the Communist Party USA website informs us, May 1st is a day for working people to “demonstrate their unity and celebrate those who labor and produce all wealth. But it’s also a day...

TAGS: Alex Caputo-Pearl, California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Larry Sand, May Day, National Education Association, teachers unions, United Teachers of Los Angeles

The Wrong March

By Larry Sand
Despite America’s veer to the right in the recent election, Gramsci’s “long march through the institutions” goes on unimpeded. Antonio Gramsci, an early 20th Century Marxist, believed that it was most effective to spread revolutionary ideology slowly and incrementally. By doing it gradually, he thought that enough people would eventually be won over to Marxist...

TAGS: Cultural Marxism, global warming, Howard Zinn, Indoctrination, Kyle Olson, Larry Sand, National Education Association, teachers unions, United Teachers of Los Angeles

When Black Kids Don't Matter

By RiShawn Biddle
Can’t understand why the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Movement for Black Lives have issued proclamations opposing the expansion of school choice and Parent Power for the very black families for which they proclaim to care? The answer can be found in the annual financial statements of the National Education...

TAGS: Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, American Federation of Teachers, NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Education Association, teachers unions

Anti-Choice Teachers Unions Want to Take Control of the OC Board of Education

By Craig Alexander
Everyone agrees that education for our children is a critical pathway for those children to grow into adults who are ready to earn a living and become responsible members of our society. Unfortunately labor unions including teachers unions have a different focus – to benefit their union bank accounts with your tax dollars more than...

TAGS: education, Santa Ana Educators Association, teachers unions