Entries by Erica Mitchell

Comparing Union Dues to Teacher Salaries: Is It Worth the Cost?

Teachers unions play a role in advocating for educators’ rights, benefits, and working conditions. However, the cost of union membership can be significant, raising questions about its financial impact on teachers’ salaries. This article explores whether these benefits justify their cost and offers potential alternatives if you ultimately decide union membership is not right for […]

The Importance of Teacher Autonomy in the Classroom

In the heart of every educator lies a deep commitment to fostering environments that not only educate but also empower students to become curious, engaged learners. However, navigating the waters of curriculum changes can sometimes feel like sailing against the wind, especially when these shifts impact your autonomy and sense of professionalism in the classroom. […]

Rethinking Standardized Tests: Balancing Academic Standards and Holistic Education

In today’s educational landscape, standardized testing remains a pivotal component, serving as a barometer for student achievement, teacher effectiveness, and school performance. However, the influence of these tests extends far beyond mere metrics, deeply impacting curriculum choices, teaching methodologies, and ultimately, the classroom experience for both you and your students. As these assessments mold the […]

Adapting to Curriculum Changes – One Teacher’s Story

The journey of adapting to curriculum changes is a testament to the resilience, adaptability, and innovation inherent in educators. These shifts go beyond mere content updates; they encapsulate the entire ecosystem of teaching methodologies, technological integration, and the delicate balance of educational objectives. As we delve into this topic, remember: your voice and experience are […]

Janus Decision: Opt Out or Not?

In the landmark 2018 Supreme Court ruling known as the Janus decision, public sector employees across the United States were handed back control over their paychecks and political voice. The ruling fundamentally altered the landscape of public sector unions, establishing that non-union members cannot be compelled to pay union dues or fees as a condition […]

Can You Leave a Union and Come Back?

For many public employees, including public school teachers, being part of a union is a significant aspect of their professional lives. Unions advocate for their members’ rights, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, and work towards improving workplace conditions. However, there might come a time when a member considers leaving the union, possibly due to personal beliefs, […]

Star-Ledger Editorial Board Cites Sunlight Report in Scathing Editorial on Excessive Pay for NJEA Leadership

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on theSunlight Policy Center of New Jersey blog. Kudos to the Star-Ledger Editorial Board for their scathing criticism of the excessive pay for NJEA leadership.  The Star-Ledger continues to publish well researched, courageous and truthful editorials about the facts of the NJEA leadership’s compensation. The Board drew extensively from […]

Why Opt Out? — One Teacher’s Story

Editor’s note: Lauren is a 2nd grade teacher. We asked her why she decided to opt out of her teacher’s union. Here is her story. It’s Monday morning and my alarm goes off at 4:55am to start another week. I’m already exhausted. I quickly get ready, grab my lunch, and throw my bags in the […]

Teachers, why are you still union members when you don’t have to be?

By Vann Prime Editor’s note: This article was originally published in The Baltimore Sun. Freedom of choice, the right to choose — that’s what the United States is about. It’s a central premise of our polity and a major reason why millions of people have streamed to the U.S. for centuries. That is why, as […]

In LA, unions are winning at the expense of kids

By: Larry Sand Editor’s note: This article was originally published on The Spectator World. Service Employees International Union Local 99 staged a three-day walkout in Los Angeles last week after negotiations failed. SEIU, which represents about 30,000 cafeteria workers, bus drivers, special education assistants, etc. called for a strike if their demands were not met […]