2:21 PM, Apr 17, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Writing in the Tennessean, a man named George Parker writes:
For many years I opposed school vouchers, also known as opportunity scholarships. Now I strongly support legislative efforts in Tennessee to give parents this powerful tool to improve their child’s education. I can no longer in good conscience stand with those who would rather see poor children remain trapped in inferior schools than support innovative ideas like opportunity scholarships that will offer some a way out.
Mr.Parker is no ordinary citizen or parent. The thumbnail bio at the end of his piece describes him as:
… a 30-year veteran math teacher of the Washington, D.C., public school system; a former president of the Washington Teachers Union
Parker writes that his:
... change of heart boiled down to this: I realized my opposition to opportunity scholarships was based on prioritizing adult interests above those of kids. As a former union leader, I made maintaining union influence and power a greater priority than meeting the educational needs of parents and students.
Pretty clear-cut. The union or the kids. The political class goes with the union since that’s where the money is.
8:01 AM, Mar 26, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Two hundred North Carolina teachers are getting their hours cut due to Obamacare, WITN reports:
"Substitute teachers are trying to find ways to substitute their incomes after recent cuts," says one local anchor.
10:35 AM, Jul 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
WTHI reports that local Indiana schools will be able to keep employees because of the employer mandate delay:
"A lot of politics in today's education, but for a now, at least, a delay in Obamacare will allow teacher's aides more time in Vego county classrooms," the local news outlet reports.
1:04 PM, Jan 29, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A press release from gun-rights group Rocky Mountain Gun Owners announces that last night it gave a firearms class to 300 teachers in Colorado. There was no cost for admission.
The GOP shouldn’t write off educators.Jan 21, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 18 • By COLLEEN HYLAND
As Republicans discuss the future of the party, abandoning conservative values need not be part of the conversation. The party can appeal to larger segments of the electorate without forsaking core principles. One case in point is a group the party has long written off: public school teachers.
9:49 AM, Sep 11, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The strike by Chicago teachers continues. It is a hardship for parents and one more tough break for the students in Chicago's public schools, some 40 percent of whom drop out before graduating high school. Equally unfortunate are the 20 percent who do graduate but are still functionally illiterate. But the strike is also an opportunity for some, including Mayor Rahm Emmanuel who famously said that, in politics, you never want to let a good crisis go to waste.
11:40 AM, Sep 10, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The public school teachers are going on strike in Chicago and the first worry of the people who run the city is for the safety of the children—where violence is already sky-high. The political class in Chicago has already failed in its duty to provide for the public safety. Failing to keep the schools open and the teachers happy, is a lesser offense. The strike will be settled and the teachers' union will get more than it deserves but less than it wants while insisting that this is all about the children.
An education agenda for Mitt Romney.Jun 11, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 37 • By FREDERICK M. HESS AND ANDREW P. KELLY
The Republican presidential candidates have spent the past year saying little about education. When they have addressed the issue, it has often been in terse calls to “turn off the lights” at the U.S. Department of Education.
11:45 AM, Aug 8, 2011 • By JOY PULLMANN
Recently, Education Secretary Arne Duncan no doubt thought it radical to say that teachers should get a $60,000 yearly starting salary and top out around $150,000. He’s hoping this could shift teaching from attracting undergraduates at the middle or low ends of their classes, as it does now, to attracting high-performers who are evaluated, pushed, and paid accordingly.