unions (page 6)

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    NCAE a one stop shop for WRAL reporters

    You have to hand it to the folks at WRAL.  They have spunk. After the release of Governor McCrory’s budget proposal, WRAL reporters ran over to the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) office for a response.  It’s not surprising that they interviewed Rodney Ellis, president of the…
    Terry Stoops, March 21, 2013
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    Shameless Diane Ravitch: Newtown teachers belonged to a union, had tenure

    Education pundit Diane Ravitch does her best to exploit the Newtown shootings to advance her own political agenda.  And, no, we are not talking about a gun control agenda.  In a blog post, Ravitch writes, Every one of the [Sandy Hook] teachers was a career educator. Every one was…
    Terry Stoops, December 18, 2012
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    Teachers’ union shrinkage

    The Education Intelligence Agency recently updated their official membership figures for the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and other National Education Association (NEA) state affiliates. During the 2010-2011 school year, the NCAE had 41,544 active members, a 7.6 percent decrease from the year before.  (Note: The membership…
    Terry Stoops, July 19, 2012
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    Teachers’ unions: The slide continues

    Teachers’ unions are bleeding members.  Education Week reports that the National Education Association (NEA) has lost 100,000 members.  Now the union plans to “retool” their mission to recoup some of the lost member$hip. Union officials blame the membership decline on the recession, evil Republicans, evil education reform, and evil…
    Terry Stoops, July 18, 2012
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    N&O: NCAE not a union, even though we call it a union

    Before: “GOP overrides veto of teachers union bill” (News & Observer article*, Thursday, January 5, 2012) “Just after 1 a.m. today, in a secreted session critics called unconstitutional, Republican legislative leaders passed a bill aimed at weakening the state’s largest teachers union.” After: “The NCAE is not, by the way,…
    Terry Stoops, January 6, 2012
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    Free Speech is Super

    The News & Observer, in an editorial entitled “Not so super,” once again criticizes the Citizens United case.  In that U.S. Supreme Court case, the Court held that corporations and unions can use their own treasury funds to support or oppose candidates in federal elections. The hysteria over…
    Daren Bakst, October 14, 2011