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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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Randi and Lily: This was supposed to be our moment but alas, looks like #ImwithHim (no, not Trump. John King!)

I was excited. This was going to be it.  I was finally going to proudly stand with Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers and Lily Eskelson Garcia of the National Education Association in the fight for equity. We were finally going to find ourselves standing firmly, together, on that ever so elusive surface… Continue reading Randi and Lily: This was supposed to be our moment but alas, looks like #ImwithHim (no, not Trump. John King!)

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Come On Randi

Right winger. One percenter. Anti-democracy. These are the charges that Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, levels at her own members as well as supporters of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the case coming before the Supreme Court this week. Yes, the AFT president actually hurls these insults at veteran teachers who… Continue reading Come On Randi