Tag: AFT

School re-openings: Parents, students don’t need national consensus, they need this strategy

Editor’s note: redefinED guest blogger Jonathan Butcher wrote this commentary for Fox News Network and offered it to redefinED for republication. Parents looking for a national consensus on whether schools should open in the fall won’t find one. But that’s okay. We don’t need one. As soon as President Trump[Read More…]

redefinED roundup: Vouchers in N.C., voucher politics in N.J., charter school grades in Florida & more

Arkansas: The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals dismisses a lawsuit to overturn the state’s public school choice law, which will allow public school students to openly transfer to other public schools outside their district (Arkansas Times, Arkansas Online). Arizona: The state sees an upswing in school districts wanting to convert some of[Read More…]

No question, parents flock to school choice

  The American Federation of Teachers released a new survey this week, “Public School Parents and the Promise of Public Education,” that claims many things. But most important to school choice supporters, it says the vast majority of parents prefer traditional public schools and are opposed to educational options. The[Read More…]

Doug Tuthill: Choice & customization will force teacher unions to adapt, someday

Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final post in a series on the future of teachers unions. Over the last 20 years, the federal government and state governments have used standards, assessments and regulatory accountability to assert more top-down control over classroom teachers. As state-mandated teacher evaluation and merit pay[Read More…]

Gary Beckner: Teachers need a professional association, not a union

Editor’s note: This is the third of four guest posts on the future of teachers unions. by Gary Beckner We are at a critical crossroads on the path to education reform in America. Stakeholders from all walks of life and political stripes are beginning to understand that in order to compete[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Rick Scott’s education agenda, more charter school payout

Rick Scott’s education plans. The Orlando Sentinel leads with Scott’s proposal to issue state-funded debit cards to teachers so they no longer reach into their own pockets to pay for school supplies. More from WINK News, Fort Myers News Press, Palm Beach Post. The Florida Democratic Party had a negative[Read More…]