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Unions Forsake Teachers for Raw Political Power
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 22, 2011, 04:13 pm   

During the recent statewide debate on Idaho’s education reform bills, I noted in a letter to the editor that due to a seeming lack of teachers speaking in favor of the bills, one might wrongly think they had no teacher support.  While many members of Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE) strongly oppose elements of Superintendent Luna’s plan, our member survey clearly showed a variety of views, including support for many portions of the plan.  I made the point that teacher support for the bills was never heard, because teachers who do not toe the union line risk harassment at the hands of some union colleagues.  Fear of blackballing and the desire to maintain labor peace in an already stressful job has spawned an unhealthy “group think” that is impairing the free marketplace of ideas critical for innovation and improvement.

Performance Pay Developments
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 22, 2011, 12:15 pm   

Performance pay continues to be one of the most hot-button education reform policies being proposed by reformers and lawmakers across the country. Last week, Senate Bill 736 passed in Florida and it is now awaiting Governor Scott's signature. Among other broad reforms, the Florida bill is one of the most progressive in terms of performance pay, also known as merit pay. It requires 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation to be based on state standardized tests or other national, local, or industry measures for those subjects not gauged at the state level and evaluations are based on four distinct levels of teacher performance.
Union Legislation Spreads across the U.S.
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 21, 2011, 03:30 pm   
The fight in Wisconsin is far from over. Last week, Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order barring the new law until she can rule whether Republicans violated Wisconsin's open meetings law. While this is a setback for the Wisconsin legislation, other states are following Governor Walker's lead and are in various stages of pushing labor reform legislation.
NEA’s General Counsel Reveals True Priorities
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 15, 2011, 01:47 pm   

In July 2009, the National Education Association's General Counsel, Bob Chanin delivered a shocking speech that outlined the true priorities of the NEA: money and power. The claims were met by thunderous applause by the union leadership and members in attendance and these revelations generated significant commentary throughout the blogosphere.

Joel Klein Pens op-ed on School Reform and Teachers
posted by: Cindy Omlin | March 14, 2011, 10:10 am   

Former Chancellor of New York City public schools Joel Klein as featured in the Washington Post this weekend:
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