Tag Archives: teacher unions

Texas Teachers’ Unions Latest to Sue to Block New Teacher Evaluation System

Texas Teachers’ Unions Latest to Sue to Block New Teacher Evaluation System

By Dave Reid In late April two Texas teachers’ unions filed a lawsuit, arguing the state’s new proposed teacher evaluation system violates state law. Specifically, the suit cites that the use of a student growth component in a teacher’s evaluation violates the law that says a teacher’s evaluation must be based on “observable, job related… Read More »

Clinton and Sanders on Education: Where Do They Stand?

Clinton and Sanders on Education: Where Do They Stand?

By Amy Auletto The 2016 presidential primary elections are well underway and Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are in a close race. Yesterday was Election Day in Michigan and the state was a big focus for both candidates. Two days prior to Michigan’s primary election day, Clinton and Sanders participated in their seventh… Read More »

Debate: Is There a War on Teachers?

Debate: Is There a War on Teachers?

By Amy Auletto and Kacy Martin This week, the Green & Write Blog is examining the claim that there is a war on teachers. Many have argued that teachers are under attack due to the increasing focus on evaluation based on student test scores, yet others claim that teachers are overcompensated and those who are… Read More »

Should Teacher Union Fees be Mandatory?

Should Teacher Union Fees be Mandatory?

By Dave Reid Last week the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA). The case is examining whether public employee unions are authorized to collect fees from non-members for collective bargaining purposes. The case is contesting a 1977 Supreme Court ruling that legislated public employees can be required… Read More »

Don’t Judge an Article by its Cover

Don’t Judge an Article by its Cover

By Dave Reid Time Magazine’s November 3rd issue cover ignited a firestorm of responses and criticisms. The title is certainly provocative: “Rotten Apples: It’s nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher. Some tech millionaires may have found a way to change that.” While there has been a backlash from the public, especially teachers and teachers… Read More »

Teacher evaluations, Americans skeptical?

One of the more hot button debates in education over the past few years has been the issue of using student test scores to evaluate teachers. Today’s guest post comes from Daniel J. Quinn – a teacher, doctoral student, and executive director of the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice. Using recent public… Read More »

Are Unions Really the Problem?

By Corey Savage MEA in the Courts A recent ruling by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission decided that the Michigan Education Association’s (MEA) August window for opting out of teacher union membership is illegal. The Mackinac Center filed complaints of unfair labor practice on behalf of four teachers in Saginaw who were not allowed to… Read More »