• Education

    Lauren Appell: COVID unmasked the public education cartel and teachers, school boards, unions can’t handle it

    A coordinated effort by the far-left and their media accomplices is in full swing as they scramble to paint the narrative that parent concern about public education is a manufactured fairy tale by right-wing loony-toon activists, conspirators and extremists.  The elephant in the room is that it was COVID that opened the eyes of parents, exposing the corrupt teacher union/educrat monopoly plaguing public education. I call it the “education cartel.” It’s comprised of teachers, union activists, administrators, school boards and their cohorts in the liberal media.  The education cartel flew largely under the radar prior to COVID and it was blindsided. Sunlight really is the best disinfectant and the pandemic exposed these ringleaders operating under the veil of “educating” our kids as nothing more…

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    Biden favors teachers unions over students’ education

    Joe Biden’s inaugural speech on Jan. 20 stressed “unity” or a variant of the term 11 times. This unity evidently doesn’t include the broad swath of Americans, including some traditional Democratic constituencies, who support school choice. The latest poll on the topic, conducted by the Democratic polling firm Beck Research, found that 65 percent of K-12 parents back school choice. Moreover, 74 percent of African Americans and 71 percent of Latinos, groups that stand to gain the most from choice, are staunch supporters as well.  Less than 36 hours after President Biden took the oath of office, however, First Lady Jill Biden feted union leaders at the White House, reminding…

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  • Education

    Opinion | Public education’s two afflictions: Covid-19 and teachers unions

    Teachers unions always justify their aggressions as “for the children,” but always are serving only their members. Abundant data — from public and private U.S. schools, many of which have remained open, and from schools worldwide — refutes the proposition that children, or teachers, are seriously endangered in schools that have taken, as in Chicago, precautions including air purifiers and intensified cleaning. Americans believe K-12 education is so important that laws almost everywhere require children from about age 5 to 17 to attend school five days a week, eight months a year. Public school teachers insist that they are essential workers. Remote learning during the pandemic has proved that in-person…

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  • Science

    Biden admin’s defense of teachers’ unions ‘ignores science’

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster wrote a letter to President Biden about concerns regarding a White House administration member’s defense of teachers’ unions and the topic of reopening schools. He said Biden’s Chief of Staff Ron Klain’s defense of teachers’ unions, “who’s members refuse to return to the classroom,” ignores science on school re-openings. He added that many students around the country have been learning, in-person and safely, for months. “The studies have been completed and the science is in- CDC agrees students should be in the classroom. They recently reported that there is little evidence that schools have contributed meaningfully to increased community transmission,” McMaster…

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    Biden wants to reopen schools, but teachers unions resist

    This was supposed to be the semester when America’s largest school districts reopened. COVID-19 vaccinations are rolling out. Studies have shown in-school transmission of the virus is low. Thousands of schools have successfully brought kids back in person, while kids who stayed home have struggled. Yet many parents are realizing their children may never see their teachers in person this year. A growing number blame their local teachers union, even as President Joe Biden and his administration make in-person instruction a priority.  “It’s so frustrating,” said Adam Grandi, a father of two elementary students in San Francisco, where the district scrapped a Jan. 25 reopening date because the school board couldn’t reach an agreement with the union. “Of course, we all feel for…

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  • Education

    Early Education Department Appointees Have Links to Jill Biden, Teachers’ Unions

    President Joe Biden’s administration announced a slate of new staff at the U.S. Department of Education this week that includes first lady Jill Biden’s former chief of staff and two prominent teachers’ union officials. Sheila Nix—who was Jill Biden’s chief of staff in President Barack Obama’s second term and worked in other positions for both Obama and Biden— will serve as the Education Department’s chief of staff, the administration announced Thursday. Donna Harris-Aikens, who served on the Biden transition team and previously worked on policy issues for the National Education Association, will serve as a senior advisor for policy and planning in the office of the secretary. Emma Leheny, formerly…

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  • Jobs

    AT&T to cut Slovakia workforce, unions expect 300 jobs to go

    FILE PHOTO: The company logo for AT&T is displayed on a screen on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid PRAGUE (Reuters) – AT&T plans to cut its workforce in Slovakia as the COVID-19 pandemic hits customer demand, the company said on Monday, with unions saying that 10{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} of jobs may be affected. AT&T Global Network Services Slovakia has operated in the central European country for more than a decade, providing customer support, network engineering and other services. The U.S. company employs around 2,800 people in the country of 5.5 million, where unemployment has risen to 7.4{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}, from 5.2{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1},…

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