1:32 PM, Jul 14, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
One of the Democratic party’s most loyal and powerful interest groups is, evidently, falling out of love with the Obama administration. As Peter Sullivan of The Hill reports:
Teachers unions have turned on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Obama administration, creating a major divide in the Democratic Party coalition.
Teacher’s unions are to education in this era what the UAW was in the sunset years of American automobile industry: defenders of their own, and a fatal status quo, right to the last ditch.
The problems in American education are vast. (Read Andrew Ferguson on Common Core to understand just how vast—and for the sheer pleasure of reading Andrew Ferguson.) Any solution begins with the finding a way to strip the teachers’ unions of the power to veto any solution they don’t like. And, it seems the only solution they do like is … more of the same plus more money.
Meanwhile, they are showing their muscle. Even in Chicago where their candidate for mayor is polling ahead of Rahm Emanuel, the incumbent.
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.