Union workers pack Pennsylvania Capitol for protest

By Andrew Staub, PA Independent

All across the state, union workers piled onto buses — some well before the sun rose Tuesday morning — to make the trek to the state Capitol, where they packed the rotunda stairs, filled the balconies and still left busloads of their allies left outside when there was no more space to stand.

$45 million not enough for Philadelphia teachers’ union

By Maura Pennington, Watchdog.org

Not only did 4 out of 5 of its school district’s students fail to achieve proficiency in mathematics, according to the most recent biannual assessment by the U.S. Department of Education, but the president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Jerry Jordan, this week displayed difficulty with simple division.

Education Failure in Philadelphia

The Wall Street Journal

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has extended a lifeline to Philadelphia’s hemorrhaging schools attached to a requirement for modest education and fiscal reforms. No thanks, says the teachers union. Herewith a parable of education decline.

Unions can’t drown out public discontent

By Thomas Fitzgerald, Philadelphia Inquirer

It’s hard to make out the speaker’s words on the video as he argues for the wisdom of privatizing the state liquor stores during a news conference in the rotunda of the Pennsylvania Capitol.