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The Literacy Crisis

The Literacy Crisis

  . By LARRY SAND  . Our illiteracy rate is alarming, but the ed establishment doesn’t seem to be concerned. The biggest problem in the country today? Some may say that it’s healthcare, while others will insist that it’s the economy. A third group maintains that it’s ISIS. While a good a case can be […]

School Choice, Uber and Accountability

School Choice, Uber and Accountability

  . By LARRY SAND  . Betsy DeVos’ ridesharing analogy is spot on, but draws Randi’s wrath.  At the Brookings Institution last week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos gave a talk in which she drew parallels between school choice and the ascendancy of ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. “Just as the traditional taxi systems revolted […]

Women’s March Madness

Women’s March Madness

By LARRY SAND    International Women’s Day showed us what radical women are really about.  March 8th saw many International Women’s Day (IWD) events that showcased elitist women’s anger and victimology. Typical was American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten who spoke at the “Women Workers Rising” rally outside the Department of Labor headquarters in […]

Right-to-Work on the Move

Right-to-Work on the Move

. By LARRY SAND Since November, Kentucky has joined the right-to-work club and four new employee freedom cases have emerged. On January 7th, Kentucky became the 27th right-to-work state in the nation. The term “right-to-work” (RTW) very simply means that workers don’t have to pay dues to a union as a condition of employment. In a few […]

Government Unions v. Everyone Else

Government Unions v. Everyone Else

. By LARRY SAND   “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management.” The above caveat about government unions – usually known by the kinder and gentler “public employee unions” […]

Public School Teachers’ Private Choices

Public School Teachers’ Private Choices

By LARRY SAND Teacher union leaders lie in order to disparage school privatization, but many of their members ignore them and embrace choice.  Mark Twain is alleged to have said, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.” And the teachers unions seem to have an […]

Anti-Trump Hysteria Plagues Our Schools

Anti-Trump Hysteria Plagues Our Schools

By LARRY SAND   Teachers and their unions are front-and-center in advancing Trumpocalyptic fearmongering. Worse than anything Donald Trump ever said, the backlash to his election has been horrifying. While the hysteria and teddy-bear-clutching over the election of a Republican president is nothing new – remember “Bushitler?” in which some on the left equated W […]

NEA’s and Hillary’s Bully Folly

NEA’s and Hillary’s Bully Folly

by LARRY SAND For several weeks now, the National Education Association has been running ads in in nine swing states on the so-called “Trump effect.” The six-figure campaign maintains that Donald Trump’s inflammatory campaign rhetoric has caused a substantial uptick in bullying in schools. NEA president Lily Eskelsen García asserts, “There is bullying going on, and […]

Teacher Union Political Spending: Liberal as Ever

Teacher Union Political Spending: Liberal as Ever

By LARRY SAND AFT continues to use teachers as ATM machines to fund their pet leftist causes. The latest American Federation of Teachers annual financial disclosure has been released (H/T RiShawn Biddle). This year’s LM-2 is filled with goodies that are sure to warm the cockles of leftist teacher union members, but apolitical educators, centrists […]

Heartless and Mindless

Heartless and Mindless

By LARRY SAND As the National Education Association embarks on a new PR campaign, some of its affiliates engage in lawsuits and strikes. In July, the National Education Association unearthed its “Strategic Plan and Budget” for 2016-2018. The introduction to the 76-page document includes the notion that the union needs to “win the race to […]

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