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Negative Consequences of Lockstep Teacher Pay

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Created by DFER's Communications Coordinator and Web Editor, Stephanie Doctrow

From DFER's Blog Series: Infographic Tuesdays

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Former NEA President Bob Chase has some pretty good advice for the new president

By Charlie Barone, Policy Director

It’s sad but in no way surprising that the leaders of both national teachers unions threw fits at their recent conventions over what they claim are efforts to bust unions and privatize public education.

What if - instead of attacking those who want kids to have a way out of chronically failing schools and who seek to ensure every child has an effective teacher - NEA President Lily Eskelsen-García had said:

“[T]he National Education Association has been a traditional, somewhat narrowly focused union.


DFER News Roundup

DFER News Roundup

By Stephanie Doctrow, Communications Coordinator and Web Editor and Bianca Dorsey, Communications Intern

DFER Seen & Heard:

  • Williams told POLITICO’s Caitlin Emma that to win back the public, new NEA President Lily Eskelen Garcia has to make clear not only what the union is against, but what it’s for. 

DFER Blog:

  • “Just like with climate science, the majority of evidence is clear: Boston parents and voters support public charter schools,” wrote DFER-MA’s Liam Kerr.

In Related News:

  • Terrence Stutz discusses the effect of Texas’ 1984 school reform law on students after three decades (Dallas Morning News).
  • The New York Times’ Patrick Blum presents and discusses data that shows teachers feel undervalued.
  • “For Vergara Ruling on Teachers, Big Questions Loom,” writes EdWeek’s Steven Sawchuk.

Fun With Infographics & More:

  • DFER-IL shout-out: Congratulations to Chicago’s KIPP Ascend Middle School boys rugby team for winning the state championship! The KIPP team is the only all African-American boys rugby team in the state of Illinois.
  • Got a minute?


Statement from Joe Williams on announcement of AFT's launch of Democrats for Public Education

Joe Williams on announcement of AFT's launch of Democrats for Public Education:

"Welcome to the Jungle, baby."


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