Education Reform: #1 Issue on the Ballot in California

By Larry Sand
Reformer battles with teachers union darling for top education position in Sacramento. “Teachers Unions Are Putting Themselves On November’s Ballot” was the headline in a recent article by Haley Edwards in Time Magazine. Okay, this is hardly news, but the extent of the largess is eye-opening. Considering that this is not a presidential election year,...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Dean Vogel, EdSource, education reform, Eli Broad, Larry Sand, Marshall Tuck, National Education Association, Steve Greenhut, teachers unions, Tom Torlakson, Vergara

Bad Week for Teachers Unions

By Larry Sand
These days, the teachers unions have landed on the wrong side of judges, teachers, the general public and just about everyone else whose lives they touch. Seems like the teachers unions are getting it from all sides these days. In a Wall Street Journal piece, the writers note that the percentage of elementary and secondary...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Jerry Brown, Larry Sand, Michael Mulgrew, Michigan Education Association, Mike Antonucci, National Education Association, Right to Work, Rolf Treu, teachers unions, United Federation of Teachers, Vergara

Will the Supreme Court Do an “Abood Face?”

By Larry Sand
The decision in Harris v Quinn could be just the first shoe to drop in the fight against forced union dues. Last month was not kind to Big Labor. First, the teachers unions in California had some of their favorite work rules knocked out of the state constitution by Judge Rolf Treu in his Vergara...

TAGS: Abood, agency fee, American Federation of Teachers, big labor, California Teachers Association, Center for Individual Rights, collective bargaining, Dennis Van Roekel, fair share, Harris v. Quinn, Larry Sand, National Education Association, Randi Weingarten, Rebecca Friedrichs, Samuel Alito, Service Employees International Union, Supreme Court, teachers unions, Vergara

Corporate Screed

By Larry Sand
American Federation of Teachers led “National Day of Action” is a clear indicator that teachers unions are losing clout. On December 9th, we will be treated to the “National Day of Action,” a day cooked up by the American Federation of Teachers and supported by the National Education Association and various fellow travelers. After reading...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Anthony Cody, Bill Gates, Eli Broad, Larry Sand, National Education Association, RiShawn Biddle, teachers unions

Let’s Flush the Bathroom Bill

By Larry Sand
A new California law is agenda driven, hurts kids and is totally unnecessary. A look back through recent history reveals that legislators and the educational establishment, taking its marching orders from the teachers unions, have needlessly foisted sexuality into children’s lives. The radical agenda of the activists seeks to divest children of any prudish, old-world...

TAGS: California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, Kevin Jennings, Larry Sand, National Education Association, teachers unions

Dump the Masters Bump

By Larry Sand
Advanced degrees for teachers have no bearing on student learning. Last week, The Wall Street Journal brought to a national audience the news that lawmakers in North Carolina have done away with automatic pay increases for teachers who have master’s degrees. North Carolina is the latest state to get rid of the “masters bump,” following...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Center for American Progress, Larry Sand, LAUSD, Los Angeles Unified School District, National Council on Teacher Quality, Randi Weingarten, teachers unions, TNTP, Tom Kane

Labor Stains

By Larry Sand
A new American Federation of Teachers financial report shows that the union has not modified its anti-child and anti-conservative stance. Courtesy of education writer RiShawn Biddle, we get to peek at the latest edition of the American Federation of Teachers LM-2, a yearly financial report detailing union income and spending. No surprises. Just the same...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Larry Sand, Mike Antonucci, National Education Association, Randi Weingarten, RiShawn Biddle, teachers unions, Tom Corbett

California’s parent-empowerment law gains ground

By Larry Sand
Last week, parents in the Southern California desert city of Adelanto celebrated the opening of the first school transformed under the state’s 2010 parent-empowerment law, also known as the parent trigger. After two San Bernardino County Superior Court judges upheld their petition to take control of foundering Desert Trails Elementary School, parents selected a nonprofit charter...

TAGS: Gloria Romero, Parent trigger laws, teachers unions

The Media and Teachers Unions: Creepy Crass Actors

By Larry Sand
Joining a racially charged situation, largely inflamed by the media, the nation’s teachers unions hypocritically play the civil rights card. To acknowledge the obvious, the February 26, 2012 events in Sanford, FL were tragic. Trayvon Martin is dead and George Zimmerman will be haunted – and very possibly hunted – for the rest of his...

TAGS: ACLU, American Federation of Teachers, California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Dennis Van Roekel, Larry Sand, National Education Association, Randi Weingarten, RiShawn Biddle, Students Matter, teachers unions, United Teachers of Los Angeles, Vergara v California