The Latest Teachers Unions’ Monopoly Moves

By Larry Sand
April revealed the teachers unions’ desperation over losing control of top-down, one-size fits all government-run schools. In many ways April was normal for teacher union monopolists. Early in the month, the Washington Teachers Union said it would challenge a new law in the Evergreen State that corrected problems in the way that charter schools, which...

TAGS: Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, American Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, CREDO, Gloria Romero, James Tooley, Larry Sand, Randi Weingarten, teachers union, The Beautiful Tree, Washington Teachers Union

Positive Impact

By Larry Sand
Michelle Rhee’s teacher evaluation system has shown itself to be effective in D.C. public schools and has left the teachers unions on the sidelines…for now. Back in 2010, the Washington, D.C. public school system (DCPS) introduced IMPACT, an evaluation system whose goal was not only to identify and retain good teachers, but pay them bonuses....

TAGS: California Teachers Association, Dean Vogel, Larry Sand, Michelle Rhee, National Education Association, teacher quality, teachers union, Washington Teachers Union

Antisocial Injustice

By Larry Sand
A teachers union giving an award for social justice is like Miley Cyrus handing out a medal for modesty. The term “social justice” has gone through many permutations over the centuries, but these days it refers essentially to a progressive vision of the world. Its paramount issues include income inequality, sexual discrimination, the mere existence...

TAGS: American Federation of Teachers, Cato Institute, Dennis Van Roekel, Florida Education Association, Jason Bedrick, Larry Sand, Mike Antonucci, National Education Association, Randi Weingarten, social justice, teachers union, Washington Teachers Union

Forced Unionism Is Rearing Its Ugly Head in D.C.

By Larry Sand
Not content with forcing traditional D.C. public school teachers to join the Washington Teachers Union, the rapacious WTU is now trying to get its hooks into charter schools. Last week, Nathan Saunders, president of the Washington Teachers Union, announced his intention to push for legislation that would force charter school teachers in the nation’s capital...

TAGS: California Charter School Association, Charter schools, Forced Unionism, Mike Antonucci, Washington Teachers Union