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Spin CycleThe State Senate's lightning-quick election this week of Dean Skelos as majority leader prompted a standard wave of verbal salutes and fond greetings from prominent labor union officials. From the AFL-CIO to the Civil Service Employees Association, top...
The Swampby Mark Silva DENVER - Forgive these Democrats for a certain fervor at the opening just now of the Democratic National Convention. That's Abby Dart, a delegate from Michigan at right (photo by Silva), wearing the Mackinac Bridge on her......
Tags: Michigan, Elections, Florida, White House, Education
Spin CycleLiz Benjamin runs a name up the flagpole for the Clinton Senate seat that seems to have some potentially important support: Randi Weingarten, long-time head of the United Federation of Teachers, the NYC arm of NYSUT, the state's powerful......
Tags: New York, Property Tax, Upper House, Education, Politics
Spin CycleInfluential teachers' union leader Randi Weingarten is due to make it official next Wednesday that she will depart as head of the United Federation of Teachers on Aug. 1 to head only the national affiliate American Federation of Teachers,......
The Swampby Mark Silva In "the race to the top,'' no child will be left behind, we're assured, but a lot of low-performing teachers - as measured by the poor performance of their students - may be The government has set......
The periodic eruption of twinkles from the capacity crowd in the Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central High School auditorium Tuesday night seemed to lend support to the argument of my critics: Allowing the public to sit in on negotiations between a school board...
Gloria Romero is a Democrat. She was elected to the California Assembly as a Democrat and later to the state Senate. She served as Democratic leader of the Senate, the first woman to do so. Ben Austin is a Democrat too. He worked in the White House...
Steve Franklin, a middle school teacher in L.A. Unified, had some issues with The Times series on teacher evaluations, so he fired off a letter to the editor. It read, in part: "When somebody can prove that high test scores produce good citizens,...
Ordinarily, when someone cancels his subscription and organizes a protest outside The Times, I don't go and knock on his door to talk him into subscribing again. But I have a soft spot for A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, and I know...
SACRAMENTO -- Grading teachers based on how much their students learn should be a no-brainer. In fact, state law for more than three decades has required that pupil progress be one of the factors in evaluating teachers. But, as it turns out, when...
Tags: Examinations, Gray Davis, Government, Bill Gates, Joe Nunez
Gov. Rick Scott wants to drug-test state employees. After watching him nudge Education Commissioner Eric Smith out the door, I think we should start with the governor. Yo, Rick, what you been smoking? Smith is on your side. He will make you look...
Mike ThomasGov. Rick Scott, the scary bald man now in charge of our state, is scaring the bejabbers out of the public-school establishment. The vouchers-for-all proposal put out by his transition team has the state teachers unions in a panic. The Florida Education...
Tags: Michelle Rhee, Weather Reports, Government, Arkansas, Florida
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