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  • The Truth about Randi Weingarten and the School Closures

    05/21/2023 7:14:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Brownstone Institute ^ | MAY 19, 2023 | Jennifer Sey
    There are many reasons why so many US public schools remained persistently closed for well over a year, but at the top of the list is Randi Weingarten. She is the President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and served as the self-appointed and media-anointed spokesperson for teachers’ unions throughout the pandemic. Weingarten appeared regularly across national media outlets for well over two years, relentlessly touting the dangers of public schools and the risk to teachers from in-person instruction. She also painted anyone who advocated for schools to open as heartless and cruel. Now that it’s become clear what...
  • COLUMN: Teachers unions are about money, power | Jimmy Sengenberger

    05/12/2023 6:55:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Denver Gazette ^ | May 12, 2023 | Jimmy Sengenberger
    As Colorado kids struggle to recoup learning losses post-pandemic, teachers unions keep proving that’s not their priority. Standing at the center is the state’s most prominent teachers union — the Colorado Education Association. At the CEA’s statewide conference on April 22, the organization — which claims to represent teachers — took a brazen, ideological stance when it passed a resolution attacking capitalism for “inherently exploit(ing) children, public schools, land, labor, and resources.” Never mind how America’s free enterprise system enables businesses and homeowners to pour billions of dollars into our state’s education system through taxation, or the philanthropic contributions of...
  • Lessons in Preferred Pronouns Should Start in Pre-K, Largest Teachers Union Says

    02/01/2023 6:22:50 AM PST · by massmike · 35 replies ^ | 02/01/2023 | Elizabeth Troutman
    The nation’s largest teachers union recommends that educators begin teaching the concepts of preferred personal pronouns and gender identity starting in pre-kindergarten. "When you look at elementary school students, many people think they are too young to talk about pronouns,” said panelist Matthew Powell, a member of the National Education Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee, during a webinar last summer. “However, by asking students their [preferred] pronouns at a young age,” Powell added, so-called education support professionals “can make room for students who may be exploring gender identity and show everyone [that] gender identity should not just be...
  • DeSantis Takes Aim at Teacher Union Dues

    12/20/2022 1:30:35 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 19 replies
    Tallahassee Reports ^ | December 20th 2022 | Jim Saunders
    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signaled that he will make a priority of passing a long-debated proposal that would prevent teachers from having union dues deducted from their paychecks. DeSantis supported the proposal Monday during a speech in Orlando, describing it as “paycheck protection legislation.” The Florida Education Association and other teachers unions backed DeSantis’ Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist, in the Nov. 8 election, with Miami-Dade County teachers union leader Karla Hernandez serving as Crist’s running mate. DeSantis also has battled unions in recent years about issues such as reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. During what was described...
  • Teachers Flee Unions As Membership Plummets By Almost 60,000

    12/12/2022 6:46:11 AM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | December 07, 2022 | REAGAN REESE
    The nation’s largest teachers unions, the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), declined by at least 59,000 members during the 2021-2022 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) disclosure reports. The NEA, the nation’s largest teachers union, lost 40,107 members while the AFT, the nation’s second largest teachers union, declined by 19,078, according to the DOL reports. The decline comes as public schools added 95,000 educators from September 2021 to 2022. ... The decline in the NEA’s membership leaves the union with 2,496,627 million educators, the lowest union membership since 2006, 74...
  • Teachers union plays clean up after claiming educators 'know better than anyone' what kids need

    11/14/2022 5:53:46 PM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | Nov 14, 2022 | Kelsey Koberg
    The National Education Association (NEA) appears to be playing clean-up after a tweet Saturday drew harsh criticism for claiming that educators "know better than anyone" what students need. The NEA, one of the largest teachers unions in the United States, later turned off replies to the tweet, but not before 5,000 people responded, including former education secretary Betsy DeVos, who simply stated "You misspelled parents." The National Education Association took issue with DeVos’ tweet, and noted the role of parents in shaping their children’s education. "Together, families and educators are an essential team for advocating for the resources and opportunities...
  • Schweizer: ‘The IRS Ought to Be All Over’ the NEA

    11/02/2022 6:30:09 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/02/2022 | Ian hatchett
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Jesse Watters Primetime,” Breitbart News senior contributor and Government Accountability Institute president Peter Schweizer discussed a report by the Government Accountability Institute on spending by the National Education Association (NEA) and argued that “The IRS ought to be all over” the organization and examining their nonprofit tax-exempt status. Schweizer said, “I mean, look, we’ve known for a long time, for decades, that the teachers’ unions tend to be left of center. But what’s happened is they’ve become more and more political and less interested in actually doing what their stated purpose is,...
  • Data: Teachers’ Unions Funneled $59 Million to Leftist Causes Despite 57% of Teachers Being Republicans, Independents

    10/31/2022 12:18:04 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/31/2022 | BRECCAN F. THIES
    In 2021, the two largest teachers’ unions in the country collected over half a billion dollars from their members, and almost all of their political spending went to leftist causes. While 57 percent of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA) membership is either Republican or independent, nearly 100 percent of political spending of the $575 million in dues was funneled into far-left politics.
  • Major government unions lose over 200,000 members after Supreme Court's workers' rights ruling

    10/01/2022 8:36:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    The Center Square ^ | September 29, 2022 | Casey Harper
    Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that government employees could not be forced to pay a union to keep their job. The top four public labor unions in the U.S. lost more than 200,000 members since the Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that government employees could not be forced to pay a union to keep their job, a new report shows that. The Commonwealth Foundation released the report, which found that the top four public labor unions – AFT, AFSCME, NEA, and SEIU – lost nearly 219,000 members altogether since the Janus v. AFSCME ruling. “The Janus decision to end forced...
  • Biden Repeats False Claim About AR-15 Bullet Velocity In Call For Ban

    09/26/2022 6:02:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 94 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | • Sep 25, 2022 | By Greg Wilson
    President Joe Biden’s claim that AR-15s fire bullets at a velocity that is five times higher than that of other guns is being shot down by people who know guns. Biden repeated the claim Friday in a speech to the National Education Association teachers union, even though it has been repeatedly debunked. Several rifles and even some handguns fire bullets at a higher velocity than the 2,700-3,100 feet per second of AR-15s. “The speed of the bullet is five times that that comes out of the muzzle of most weapons,” Biden said, describing the popular hunting rifle as a “weapon...
  • ‘She was 12, I was 30’: Biden leaves viewers stunned in teachers speech

    09/23/2022 12:29:11 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 106 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 23, 2022 3:16pm | Steven Nelson
    President Biden shocked viewers of his Friday speech to teachers when he recognized an audience member and told the crowd, “She was 12, I was 30.” Biden lit up social media with the confounding and seemingly inappropriate aside. He did not say what he did when he was 30 and the woman was a preteen. “You gotta say hi to me,” Biden said mid-speech at the National Education Association headquarters in DC. “We go back a long way. She was 12, I was 30. But anyway, this woman helped me get an awful lot done.” The audience of teachers and...
  • Largest Teachers Union Reportedly Giving Ohio Educators Resources to Promote Sexually Explicit Material

    09/21/2022 3:12:50 PM PDT · by lightman · 19 replies ^ | 21 September A.D. 2022 | Madeline Leesman
    The National Education Association is reportedly equipping teachers in Ohio with QR-code badges that direct students to how-to guides promoting “non-binary” gender identities, “queer sex,” and the idea that “transgender men” can become pregnant, among other things. Conservative writer Christopher Rufo shared the findings on Wednesday. He noted that local news outlet ABC 6 reported that the National Education Association and the Hilliard Education Association in Ohio have been equipping staff in the school district with QR code badges that direct people to the NEA’s LGBTQ+ Caucus website. They are provided with resources from “gender activist” organizations, including The Trevor...
  • Fetterman told teachers' union they'll be his 'first' call if elected, they can 'tell' him how to do his job

    09/04/2022 3:44:18 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 2, 2022 | Houston Keene
    FIRST ON FOX: Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, a Democrat, told teachers’ unions that they would be his "first" call for education policy should he get elected. While taking questions during a January speaking gig at a Pennsylvania State Education Association Political Institute event, Fetterman said that, if elected, he would be a staunch ally of teachers’ unions. His comments had not been reported previously. "I’m not going to sit up here and pretend that I know exactly what’s needed, I’m going to turn to you," Fetterman said. "If you send me to Washington, D.C., you’ll be the first people...
  • Teachers’ Union Resorts to Smear Tactics in Ad to Demonize Parents Who Object to LGBT Agenda

    08/25/2022 6:53:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/23/22 | Jonathon van Maren
    The New Jersey branch of the National Education Association is running an advertisement condemning concerned mothers and fathers as 'extremists.'(LifeSiteNews) — One of the strange and unintended effects of the Covid lockdowns was that for the first time many parents were exposed to what educators were teaching their kids. Many were shocked, and the resulting backlash torqued an already-growing parental rights movement rooted in opposition to LGBT indoctrination and Critical Race Theory (CRT). At first, progressives insisted that parents, if not lying, were simply following for the fevered conspiracy theories of raving right-wing pundits. Then along came activists like Christopher...
  • In New Jersey, Parents Who Protest Leftist Agenda at School Board Meetings are ‘Extremist'-The authoritarians are just getting started.

    08/22/2022 5:54:38 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | Aug 22, 2022 | Robert Spencer
    Public schools even for the youngest children are becoming playgrounds for the woke, featuring drag queens, transgender closets, Critical Race Theory and more, but if you say a word about it, the National Education Association (NEA) will destroy you. That is the message of a new YouTube ad from the NEA’s New Jersey chapter. According to Fox News Thursday, “the ad flips back and forth between colorful photos of teachers with students and black-and-white photos of parents, arguing that the latter are trying to fuse politics with education.” Which, of course, the hard-Left, thoroughly politicized NEA itself would never ever...
  • A NYC school diploma isn’t worth the paper it’s written on

    08/06/2022 6:27:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 6, 2022 | Wai Wah Chin
    Potemkin villages” refer to the magnificent facades that Crimean governor Grigory Potemkin supposedly built in front of decrepit villages to impress Catherine the Great on her grand tour of the region. Today, there’s no better term than “Potemkin schools” to describe how educrats run public education in New York City. ... teachers at William Cullen Bryant High School in Queens complained that administrators forced them to pass failing students. Last year, a long-stalled investigation revealed that Maspeth High School in Queens repeatedly faked passing grades. In 2020, at Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill High School where more than 70% of the students...
  • Preferred Pronouns and More: What I Saw at Teachers Union Convention

    07/25/2022 7:38:05 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 47 replies
    California Globe ^ | July 25, 2022 | Brenda Lebsack
    As a teacher, I attended the National Education Association convention last week, and my worst fears were confirmed. Public schools are no longer a safe place for families who hold traditional values or for families who believe gender (as in male/female binary) is biologically determined. It was also evident that the teachers union is a lobbying arm of the Democratic Party.
  • National Education Association Seeking to Change the Word 'Mother' to 'Birthing Parent'

    07/08/2022 6:11:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | July 7, 2022 at 3:28pm | By Savannah Rychcik
    The National Education Association is seeking to change the word “mother” to be more inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community. Fox News reported the resolution would change the word to “birthing parent.” The proposed resolution stated, “Using this contract language, members need not worry about how a Board of Education/solicitor defines ‘maternity leave,’ ‘mother,’ and/or ‘father’; the language is an inclusive reflection of how LGBTQIA+ members build families.” The outlet noted the resolution, NBI 63, was not brought to a vote. The news of the resolution sparked criticism on Twitter. Nicole Neily of Parents Defending Education told Fox News that “normal...
  • Vaccine Mandates, Abortion Advocacy, ‘LGBT Inclusive’ Language Debated at Teacher’s Union Convention

    07/07/2022 7:11:31 PM PDT · by lightman · 13 replies
    epoch times ^ | 7 July A.D. 2022 | Bill Pan
    A volley of policy proposals has been put up for debate at the annual conference of the nation’s largest teacher’s union, including one that called for the organization to support making masks and COVID-19 vaccines mandatory in public schools. About 6,000 delegates of the National Education Association (NEA), who collectively represent more than 3 million employees in public education, convened in Chicago from July 3–6. It’s the first time they’ve assembled in person to debate on issues and set policy agenda since the start of the pandemic. Prior to 2022, anyone could use the NEA website to track the status...
  • NEA teachers union spending 140K for 'enemies list' opposition research of groups turning up heat on schools

    07/07/2022 2:23:31 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 7, 2022 | Hannah Grossman
    The National Education Association passed a resolution during their annual Representative Assembly in Chicago that would allocate thousands of dollars to conduct opposition research on 25 organizations that are supposedly attacking gender identity and sexual orientation freedoms in public schools. "NEA shall compile research to create fact sheets about the largest 25 organizations that are actively working to diminish a students' right to honesty in education, freedom of sexual and gender identify, and teacher autonomy," the resolution said. NEA's resolutions are called new business items (NBI) and represent the teachers' union's opinions and beliefs. They also open the door to...