- Wisconsin Wave Continues: Students’ Interests Overtake Union Demands
While much of the debate around the curbing of union power centers on its role in balancing the budgets of debt-laden states, this “revolution” is also profoundly important to promoting critically needed improvements in the nation’s education system. This is because for years, unions have stood in the way of necessary reforms aimed at helping students and improving schools while at the same time protecting underperforming teachers. All of this has come at the cost of children’s education. Yet, with power to siphon money out of teachers paychecks—in many states teachers have no choice but to join a union and pay union fees—there really is no need for teachers unions to take into account the academic well-being of students.
- Homeschoolers could soon play sports at Knox Co. Schools
Students who are homeschooled could soon be allowed to play sports at public schools in Knox County.
- Collective Bargaining Bill Clears Senate
Sen. Jack Johnson, who has spearheaded a Republican-led push to roll back the 197os-era requirement that local districts obtain approval for their workplace policies and contract offers from teachers’ unions, said he is happy with the latest version of a bill to eliminate collective bargaining. House Republicans have yet to take the new version of the bill out for a spin but expect to put it before the Finance, Ways and Means committee Tuesday, which will likely be packed at the TEA has asked teachers to sit in on the hearing.
- Bill Repealing Teacher Collective Bargaining Passes Senate 18-14
The Senate voted 18-14 Monday to abolish collective bargaining between teacher groups and school boards, sending the bill to the House where Republican leaders say they support it. The bill as amended will end long term union contracts that local governments and taxpayers cannot afford and provides for a policy manual that would outline how every local school board will set policies on salaries, wages, benefits, including insurance and retirement benefits, leaves of absence, student discipline procedures and working conditions for teachers.
- Senate votes to repeal union talks for teachers
The Senate voted to repeal teachers’ power to negotiate contracts with school boards, settling a three-month debate over the future of the teachers union. The move likely spells the end of collective bargaining, the formal union negotiations that teachers engage in every few years with school boards.
- Lawmakers Must Shield School Choice Reforms From Lawsuits
The urgent need for educational reform resisted by those with the power to protect the status quo means that each state will be a constitutional battleground unto itself. But when legislators carefully craft choice legislation mindful of their state supreme court precedent, choice legislation will likely survive any constitutional assault.