AFT GOES ALL IN ON CALIFORNIA

By RiShawn Biddle, dropoutnation.net

This morning’s move by the American Federation of Teachers (with help from the National Education Association’s Golden State affiliate) to launch a digital ad campaign aimed at beating back surging support for Marshall Tuck in his bid to become California Superintendent is another sign of how the nation’s second-largest teachers’ union deploys cash to oppose systemic reform.

TEACHERS’ UNION MONEY TALKS

By Dimitri Mehlhorn, Dropout Nation

One of the most-hotly debated questions is how strong is the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers compared to the school reform movement.

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IRS Plays Favorites

The Daily Caller News Foundation has found an email from Lois Lerner which contrasts her apathy towards misreported political spending by labor unions with her intense scrutiny of conservative groups. The finding not only shows how the bureaucracy plays favorites, but how labor unions get special treatment from the government.

Playing Politics at Teachers’-Union Conventions

By Lauren Camera, Education Week

My colleagues over at Teacher Beat, Stephen Sawchuk and Liana Heitin, crushed coverage of the recent National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers annual conferences. Since we’re heading into the midterm election season, it’s no surprise that both the NEA and the AFT played some political hardball.