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Reaction to piece on teacher union culture and fundamentalism

In 25 years of negotiating contracts with labor unions; the most inflexible, dogmatic, distrustful, least enlightened are the teacher’s unions. The Teamsters, by way of contrast, are tough and professional without the weirdness of the Education Minnesota faithful. I’ve seen teacher union reps rip on members who dared to question the party line in a way that leaders of AFSCME and SEIU would never do. For a union made up of supposedly smart people, it is remarkably devoid of tolerance for differences of opinion. Read More

Why all the conspiracy theories and pearl-clutching in this year’s school board race?

This has been the hottest school board race I’ve seen in 25 years of living in Minneapolis, with lots of conspiracy theories and pearl-clutching. Many of my neighbors and friends see the furious posts on Facebook, with all the hysterical warnings about the imminent destruction of public education as we know it,  and are honestly confused. They ask me what the hell  is going on in this race. So here’s what I tell them. We put the school board race at the bottom of the ballot and often treat it like a homecoming king and queen contest. But Minneapolis Public Schools currently spends $784 million a year and employ 6,991 people….which I believe is more employees than the city of Minneapolis. So we need to remind ourselves that we’re electing people to govern an operation that spends more than three-quarters of a billion dollars a year. That’s a lot of moolah and a lot … Read More

Four reasons why “liberal” conspiracy theories about Don Samuels and ed reform read so much like Fox News

Sarah Lahm’s conspiracy piece about “billionaire and TFA”  money flooding in to support Don Samuels in the Minneapolis School Board race went national yesterday. Lahm’s article has so many factual inaccuracies, I hardly know where to begin. So I will start with three biggies… Read More

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