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NEA Gives More Than $13 Million to Advocacy Groups and Partisan Politics
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 19, 2011, 12:25 pm   

A recent report by the Education Intelligence Agency sheds light on the financial disclosures of the National Education Association in the 2009-2010 fiscal year. The analysis reveals that the NEA spent $13 million dollars of member dues on a wide array of left-leaning advocacy groups and charities.
Governors’ Tough Talk on Tenure
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 19, 2011, 01:11 am   


Last week in State of the State addresses in New Jersey, Idaho, and Florida, tough talking governors focused on education reform proposals all centered on eliminating tenure for public school teachers. With the issue of tenure making headlines lately, the support for elimination has been gaining steam nationwide.

Stranger than Fiction: School on MLK Day?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 14, 2011, 11:24 am   


We've had a brutal winter on the east coast this year, causing countless snow days especially in the ill-prepared southern part of the country. A few schools that have experienced too many snow days are landing national attention for their proposed way of making up instructional time. Schools near Charlotte, North Carolina, have decided to make up for lost time by teaching on the Martin Luther King holiday, drawing criticism from the NAACP.

Education Week Releases Quality Counts Report
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 14, 2011, 11:13 am   


Education Week released its annual report on the state of education in the United States this week. Entitled "Quality Counts," the report awards grades to individual states for their policy and overall education performance coupled with school budgets and reform efforts. The report comes on the heels of what economists note is the end of the "Great Recession." Schools boards across the country are feeling the heat from slashed budgets and fewer resources making for a challenging year in public education.

Common Sense + Educator Ethics
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 12, 2011, 05:54 pm   

I received an email over the break that started me thinking and also disappointed me. Basically, the email inquired about teacher training dealing with appropriate behavior and relationships between teachers and students. It was not the inquiry which was an issue for me. I want to help people find the professional resources they need. My issue was with the need for this inquiry to be made.
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