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Are Teachers’ Unions Anti-teacher? (Larry Sand)

As the yearly convention of the National Education Association (NEA) approaches, it is time to reflect on the relationships that this organization and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have with their members. Much has been written about the nation’s two teachers’ unions, and the case has been frequently (and justly) made that the unions are anti-student because of their adamant positions on school choice, charter schools and teacher tenure. However, I contend that the unions are not only anti-student, they are all too often anti-teacher.

In 28 of our 50 states, a teacher is essentially forced to join a very costly union. A typical teacher in Orange County pays $922 on a yearly basis to his/her local, which then sends $611 of that amount to the state affiliate, the California Teachers Association (CTA), and $140 to the national affiliate (NEA.) One has to wonder – if the unions are so beneficial, why are teachers forced to join and to pay such hefty dues in most states? (more…)


Taking It to the Streets (Ian Randolph)

Earlier this month, thousands of parents took to the streets of Los Angeles to protest the ongoing assault against their children’s charter schools by the powerful Los Angeles Unified School District.

“Families That Can,” the new parent organization and the first-ever statewide advocacy organization for charter school families, objects to the LAUSD’s disparate treatment of their children.

“Charter school students are public school students,” says founding parent Jackie Duvivier Castillo. “Yet they don’t have the same access to resources, funding, and facilities that traditional public schools do.” Ample evidence backs ups that claim. (more…)


Golden State Showing Signs of Life on School Choice (Vicki Murray)

Last week, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law a $50 million corporate and individual tax-credit scholarship program. The new program is part of a growing trend for school choice now showing signs of life in California.

The Georgia scholarship program allows corporations to receive a 100 percent tax credit, up to 75 percent of their total state tax liability, for donations to 501(c)(3), nonprofit charitable Student Scholarship Organizations (SSOs) that award private school scholarships. Individuals can also donate up to $1,000 ($2,500 for married couples) to SSOs and receive a 100 percent credit against their state income taxes. An estimated 10,000 Georgia school children will benefit. (more…)


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