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.

The fall of teachers unions

By Stephanie Simon, Politico Pro

As the two big national teachers unions prepare for their conventions this summer, they are struggling to navigate one of the most tumultuous moments in their history.

How to overthrow the (union) government

By Mike Antonucci, Hot Air

Last week, a group of teacher union members seized control of the Wicomico County Education Association (WCEA) in Maryland without a vote or any authority except the signatures on a petition they created.

The Education of Gina Raimondo

The Wall Street Journal

It isn’t easy being a reform Democrat these days. Witness the decision last week by Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo, heretofore a hero of pension reform, to buckle under pressure from the teachers union and dump a hedge fund run by a supporter of education choice.