Posts tagged public education

    American Federation of Teachers gives Charlie Crist a $500K boost

    August 17, 2022 // AFT, which boasts more than 1.7 million members across 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, is donating $500,000 to help him win the upcoming Democratic Primary and then defeat Gov. Ron DeSantis in November. That’s the biggest check Crist’s campaign accepted this election cycle, according to his fundraising filings with the Division of Elections. It follows $50,000 worth of contributions since June from the Florida Education Association, which has endorsed Crist along with United Teachers of Dade, Democratic Public Education Caucus of Florida and other such unions throughout the state. United Teachers of Dade, Democratic Public Education Caucus of Florida

    AFT Convention Seemed More Transparent Than NEA’s. But Looks Can Be Deceiving

    July 22, 2022 // The American Federation of Teachers held its biennial convention in Boston last week. Unlike the NEA Representative Assembly, delegates met entirely in person and the union was more than happy to post its proposed resolutions and other documents online. More transparency doesn’t necessarily mean more honesty, though. A lot of what the AFT Convention produces requires elaboration, footnotes, context and filling in the gaps. battleground state poll AFT commissioned from Hart Research Associates. The main takeaway was that likely voters trusted Republicans slightly more on education issues than they did Democrats. Republicans

    CALIFORNIA; OPINION: WHEN WILL GOVERNMENT UNIONS STAND UP FOR ALL WORKERS?

    July 20, 2022 // Government unions in California have the power to make changes that help everyone, instead of just their members. For starters, they can stop marching in solidarity with the teachers union, which is incorrigible. Then they can find common ground on at least some issues with conservatives, while agreeing to disagree on others. They might take on the environmentalists, by supporting spending on new water supply infrastructure and by helping to restore California’s timber industry.

    Opinion: Biden’s political hacks won’t stop charter schools’ growth

    May 16, 2022 // Much to the delight of teachers’ union bosses, the Biden administration is quickly becoming history’s most anti-(school) choice political pack, demonstrated most recently in its proposals to make charter schools’ access to federal funding more difficult.

    What Kids Have Learned from Teachers Unions

    March 4, 2022 // If teachers unions really championed teachers and students, they would not have diminished the value of teachers by implying virtual school is the equivalent of a teacher in a classroom. So many parents and students have had to live in uncertainty the last two years, wondering if schools would be open or their children would be quarantined over and over again. What does that say about how much we as a society value schools and education? The unions had the opportunity to present teachers as essential workers who knew their job of educating young minds was of the upmost importance. Instead, they devalued public education in a way that will have lasting effects.