Unionism

A Labor Day meditation on American education unions

It’s only a matter of time before anyone following the parental empowerment in education choice debate will come across the wild-eyed assertion that choice supporters are engaged in a conspiracy against education unions. That assertion doesn’t hold much water. First off, a great many European countries have both parental choice[Read More…]

Choice smeared: Union bunk versus reality

In 1978, Stephen D. Sugarman and I published our third book on school finance, “Education Choice: the Case for Family Control.” That summer, we designed a constitutional initiative for parental choice to be voted on by California citizens; we announced our hope for support to get it on the 1979[Read More…]

podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews West Virginia Sen. Patricia Rucker

On this episode, Tuthill talks to the chair of the state Senate Education Committee about the Mountain State’s recent landmark session for education reform. West Virginia lawmakers expanded open enrollment for district students, created alternative pathways for teacher certification, strengthened existing charter school laws, and created the Hope Scholarship Program,[Read More…]

Message from a former teachers union employee: Embrace school choice

Editor’s note: This commentary from redefinED guest blogger Valeria Gurr, who serves as director of external relations with the American Federation for Children, appeared Monday on washingtonexaminer.com. Education has always mattered to me. As a first-generation immigrant of a single mother who didn’t graduate from high school, I know firsthand[Read More…]

Just another argument for education choice

The late, great Marilyn mothered our five children. As they accumulated over the span of eight years, she retired from teaching in her public elementary school but never lost her esteem for the profession. Three of our children collectively have invested more than 40 years in the classroom, more than[Read More…]

The unfinished school system

John Darwin’s book The Unfinished Empire describes the British Empire as “unfinished,” in large part because the Britons never agreed on the purpose of empire in the first place. The military, merchants and religious missionaries had wildly different concepts regarding what empire was about. Over centuries, solemn promises not to[Read More…]

Commentary: 2021 is the year of school choice, education freedom

American Federation for Children director of research Corey DeAngelis in a Friday interview with Fox Business extended a “formal thank you” to the American Federation of Teachers for being the driving force in the upswing of parents who are investigating school choice options. Union posturing, DeAngelis hypothesizes, can be credited[Read More…]

Teachers’ union president endorses school choice?

Editor’s note: Nathan Cunneen, author of this commentary, is a communications associate at the American Federation for Children. You can read a redefinED profile of Cunneen here. On Saturday night, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten published a tweet that sounded suspiciously like an endorsement of school choice. While Twitter[Read More…]