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Some Questions for the Providence Teachers’ Union

It is impossible to even ponder a successful turn-around of the Providence Schools System without major changes to the current teachers’ contract. The now notorious report out of Johns Hopkins was clear in its contention that the collective bargaining agreement plays a central role in the district’s dysfunction. The Providence Teachers’ Union (PTU)— a local… Continue reading Some Questions for the Providence Teachers’ Union

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Kamala Harris Comes Out Swinging on Education and She Picks the Unions Over Students and Parents

Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris must have been one of the people AFT president Randi Weingarten was referring to when she said on C-Span, in the context of the 2020 hopefuls being “eager for the teachers’ backing”, that her “phone had rung a lot” because Harris has quickly morphed into a union mouthpiece. The language is… Continue reading Kamala Harris Comes Out Swinging on Education and She Picks the Unions Over Students and Parents

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As a Former Member of Two Teachers’ Unions, I Celebrate the Janus Decision

While people scream from the rooftops about how wrong and unfair the Janus ruling is, let’s pause for a moment and at least acknowledge that, in the context of the teachers’ unions, almost no one is even talking about what’s best for kids in any of their passion filled proclamations about the destruction of the… Continue reading As a Former Member of Two Teachers’ Unions, I Celebrate the Janus Decision