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Jeff Bernstein

Leonie Haimson: Is the Battle Over School Reform Between Unions and Rich Liberals, or B... - 0 views

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    "Leonie Haimson is fed up with the line that the mainstream media has taken about education controversies. Reporters usually think that every protest is organized by the unions, defending their self-interest, and they are warring with high-minded reformers. She says this is balderdash! (Sorry, Leonie, my word, not yours.)

     

    If parents hold a protest against high-stakes testing and against test-based teacher evaluations (which causes more time to be devoted to testing), most reporters will say the union made them do it, the union doesn't want to be held accountable.

     

    Well, guess what? The unions are not leading the Opt Out movement. Many teachers support it, because they know how pointless the new tests are, but the great majority of people leading the movement are parents. They don't want their children to be pressured by fear of the Big Standardized Test, they don't want them to be ranked and labeled, they don't want them to hate school because of the endless test prep."
Jeff Bernstein

How teachers unions must change - by a union leader - The Washington Post - 0 views

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    "There is nothing new about Republican opposition to teachers unions, but in recent years, it has become increasingly clear that some Democrats have turned against them as well. In the following post we hear from a union leader, Bob Peterson, the president of the  Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association, about how he thinks teachers union must change to keep alive public education. This post first appeared in Rethinking Schools, a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization dedicated to improving public education."
Jeff Bernstein

No More Backroom Deals | Jacobin - 0 views

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    "...on October 20, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) unveiled a draconian proposal that would tie teacher performance, narrowly defined, to teacher licensing. Thousands of educators knew an unmitigated attack when they saw one, and responded accordingly."
Jeff Bernstein

What It Takes to Unite Teachers Unions and Communities of Color | The Nation - 0 views

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    "Overcoming years of tensions and divisions, parents and teachers are linking arms to save public schools."
Jeff Bernstein

The Tough Lessons of the 1968 Teacher Strikes | The Nation - 0 views

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    "To building a lasting peace between teachers unions and communities of color, we can't forget their most painful battle of all."
Jeff Bernstein

5 Books to Build a Movement for Education Justice | The Nation - 0 views

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    "A former public school teacher and union organizer picks his favorites."
Jeff Bernstein

The Original Charter School Vision - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "In a 1988 address, Mr. Shanker outlined an idea for a new kind of public school where teachers could experiment with fresh and innovative ways of reaching students. Mr. Shanker estimated that only one-fifth of American students were well served by traditional classrooms. In charter schools, teachers would be given the opportunity to draw upon their expertise to create high-performing educational laboratories from which the traditional public schools could learn."
Jeff Bernstein

'The Teacher Wars,' Dana Goldstein's History of Education - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "Ms. Goldstein's book is meticulously fair and disarmingly balanced, serving up historical commentary instead of a searing philippic. A hate-read is nigh impossible. (Trust me, I tried.) While Ms. Goldstein is sympathetic to the unionized public-school teacher, she also thinks the profession is hamstrung by a defensive selfishness, harboring too fine a memory for ancient wounds.

    The book skips nimbly from history to on-the-ground reporting to policy prescription, never falling on its face. "
Jeff Bernstein

From the AFT Convention, Looking Forward | Living in Dialogue - 0 views

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    "This is a life-or-death time for the American Federation of Teachers. The July 12-14, 2014, convention reflected both positive movement, and continuing obstacles, for our union. As we take on the challenges we all face with the opening of schools, we AFT members will face both from our union. Much will depend on how successfully we get our union to respond."
Jeff Bernstein

Protecting Classrooms From Corporate Takeover: What Families Can Learn from Teachers' U... - 0 views

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    "Teachers are fighting the privatization wave by connecting with families right where they live."
Jeff Bernstein

Modeling the Education They Want To Be: The Great Chicago Teachers Union Transformation - 0 views

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    "According to labor journalist Micah Uetricht, it's high time for trade unions in the United States to decide whether they want to wither away and follow a "business unionism" model of concessions and shrinkage, or follow "social movement unionism," a bottom-up, democratic organizing strategy that is aligned with social justice movements throughout the country."
Jeff Bernstein

Redefining and Rebuilding the Teachers' Union | Alan Singer - 0 views

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    "In this post on reclaiming the conversation on education I offer strong views on the need to reorganize and redirect the American Federation of Teachers and the National Educational Association if these unions are to survive as a meaningful force for and ally of public education. I believe teachers and their unions have the potential to be agents for progressive educational and social change, but I am not sure that they will. It means taking risks that the organizations so far do not appear willing to make."
Jeff Bernstein

Public School Teachers: New Unions, New Alliances, New Politics - 0 views

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    "The U.S. working class was slow to respond to the hard times it faced during and after the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Finally, however, in February, 2011, workers in Wisconsin began the famous uprising that electrified the country, revolting in large numbers against Governor Scott Walker's efforts to destroy the state's public employee labor unions.  A few months later, the Occupy Wall Street movement, which supported many working class efforts, spread from New York City to the rest of the nation and the world. Then, in September 2012, Chicago's public school teachers struck, in defiance of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel's attempt to destroy the teachers' union and put the city's schools firmly on the path of neoliberal austerity and privatization.

    These three rebellions shared the growing awareness that economic and political power in the United States are firmly in the hands of a tiny minority of fantastically wealthy individuals whose avarice knows no bounds. These titans of finance want to eviscerate working men and women, making them as insecure as possible and wholly dependent on the dog-eat-dog logic of the marketplace, while at the same time converting any and all aspects of life into opportunities for capital accumulation."
Jeff Bernstein

Could New York Be the Next Chicago? - Working In These Times - 0 views

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    "Last September's Chicago teachers strike, organized-and won-by an unapologetically democratic, community-centered union, gave hope to laborites across the country that there could be a functional American labor movement.

    Now, a caucus of unionists seeks to remake New York's United Federation of Teachers, the city's local of the American Federation of Teachers, in the CTU's mold. The Movement of Rank-and-File Educators (MORE) was founded last spring as an alliance of teacher caucuses and activist groups. The caucus stands unconditionally opposed to school closings, retributive punishment of students, and the "junk science" of evaluating teachers based on student tests. "Teachers need to play the role in laying a platform for parents and students," says Marissa Torres, MORE's candidate for assistant treasurer in next month's elections. Torres calls for the UFT, like the Chicago Teachers Union, to foreground explicit anti-racism and collective struggle."
Jeff Bernstein

Marc Epstein: The Education Reformers' End Game - 0 views

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    "Okay, you've won! Tenure has been abolished. There are no limits on charters, and vouchers are available to all takers. Collective bargaining is a thing of the past. The dreaded fire-breathing dragon union now resembles a salamander. Governors, state legislatures, mayors and editorial boards, who've claimed that they can turn around the dismally depressing performance levels in our urban inner cities -- if only these vestiges of the past were abolished -- have had their way.

    But some questions remain, because as Colin Powell once said when referring to post-war Iraq, the "Pottery Barn Rule" now applies. That is, "you break it, you own it." So it might be useful if we ask the victors some questions about the new education landscape now that the "War on Entrenched Teachers & Unions" has been brought to a successful conclusion."
Jeff Bernstein

How Strong Are U.S. Teacher Unions? - A State-By-State Comparison - 0 views

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    "Everyone knows that teacher unions matter in education politics and policies, but it's hard to determine just how much they matter-and whether they wield greater influence in some places than in others.
    There's plenty of conventional wisdom on this topic, mostly along the lines of, "unions are most powerful where they represent most teachers and least consequential where their bargaining rights and revenues are restricted." 
    But is that really true? And even if it is, does it oversimplify a much more complex and nuanced situation?"
Jeff Bernstein

Merit Pay Contract Is Tough Sell for Newark Teachers - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "On Monday, the city's 4,700 union members are scheduled to vote on the contract. Both sides say they cannot predict the outcome, but either way, what happens here will echo among teachers' unions across the country.

    If the contract is approved, it could prompt other districts to push for pay-for-performance, by suggesting that merit pay is no longer so symbolic a fight among the rank and file. Newark's deal itself was prompted by recent changes to the state's tenure laws that were once considered unthinkable. And both sides insist that this deal could be a model for union-management collaboration, giving teachers a voice they have often felt was denied in reform.

    If it fails, beleaguered union leaders could take it as a new sign of strength in contract negotiations - similar, some teachers said, to the example of the Chicago teachers' strike last month."
Jeff Bernstein

Randi Weingarten - A Binder Full of Bad Ideas - 0 views

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    "Earlier this year at a roundtable discussion in Colorado, Mitt Romney was talking about education-extolling the virtues of private schools and vouchers, and criticizing public schools and teachers unions. When a teacher participating in the discussion tried to offer her perspective, Romney shot back: "I didn't ask you a question."

    But teachers, like many other Americans, have questions about Romney's policies and proposals. They worry about their impact on the education that kids receive, because he advocates slashing education funding and privatizing public education. They question his taking credit for educational success in Massachusetts that was spurred by reforms instituted a decade before he became governor, and wonder why as a presidential candidate he is proposing entirely different, discredited education policies. They are incredulous that he says he would preserve the U.S. Department of Education only so he'd have a club to go after teachers unions, when most teachers in Massachusetts and other high-performing states are unionized. They doubt his pledges to middle-income voters because, according to numerous independent analyses, the math doesn't add up for his tax and job creation proposals.

    This presidential election presents a choice between starkly different visions for the future of our country."
Jeff Bernstein

Jersey Jazzman: Whitty Nails "Won't Back Down" - 0 views

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    "Stephen Whitty of the Star-Ledger has Won't Back Down all figured out"
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