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CER Response to 49th Annual PDK PollAugust 28, 2017

August 28th, 2017 Statement from the Center for Education Reform A Special Report issued today by the Center for Education Reform critiquing the annual PDK poll on the public’s attitudes toward the public schools finds poll questions remain highly misleading, the public’s attitudes highly mixed, and perhaps most important and least prevalent in the PDK […]

New Gallup Poll Reinforces Need for School ChoiceAugust 22, 2017

August 21, 2017 Statement by Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO Gallup International released its education poll on Monday, August 21, which found overwhelming support for private schools over traditional public schools, 71-44 percent respectively. Jeanne Allen, CEO and founder of the Center for Education Reform commented on these results, pointing out that the latest Gallup […]

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How Teachers’ Unions Became the Paper Tigers of Education ReformSeptember 11, 2017

Written by Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform  The Chinese term “paper tiger” (zhilaohu) describes someone who appears to have power but who is actually weak and conquerable. It’s a perfect description of the nation’s largest teachers’ unions, something to bear in mind when National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen […]

Randi Weingarten’s Racial DemagogueryAugust 17, 2017

The op-ed below by Jeanne Allen appeared in the Wall Street Journal print edition on August 17th, 2017. Randi Weingarten, the leader of the American Federation of Teachers, has insulted millions of students and families. In a speech at a union conference last month, Ms. Weingarten claimed that the school-choice movement has its roots in […]

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STATEMENT: Allen Renews Call for Union Leader to Step DownJuly 26, 2017

July 25, 2017 Statement from the Center for Education Reform:  Randi Weingarten’s smug obstinacy in refusing to accept responsibility for her slur against reformers is disturbing. [U.S. News & World Report, July 24, 2017]Clearly, she believes staying on message—no matter how insulting that message is to African-Americans and people of color throughout the nation—is more important […]

Union leader’s attack on parents and others who support school choice is hateful and should not standJuly 20, 2017

July 20, 2017 STATEMENT BY JEANNE ALLEN, FOUNDER AND CEO “AFT president Randi Weingarten’s characterization of education reform parents and advocates as racists akin to the southern segregationists of the past, is not just ill-advised hyperbole, it is a deeply offensive, highly inflammatory insult to all the parents and people – of all races, backgrounds, […]

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