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Dues Clues: Covering How Unions Spend Teachers' Money

Teachers unions are still a political powerhouse in many states, and even in right-to-work states where they have less influence unions still collect dues money from teachers and spend it on a variety of activities. As part of the EWA Summer School Webinars, we'll talk with reporters from The Hechinger Report and GothamSchoolsabout their joint project examining where teachers' unions are focusing their substantial resources. 

We're also going to share something new with reporters - the EWA Story Lab, a formula for getting started on digging into the financial activities of teachers' unions in your own community. You'll come away with a solid blueprint for localizing the issue for your own readers, as well additional teachers' union story ideas you are encouraged to take and make your own.

The webinar will be held Thursday, July 11 at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Sign up now to reserve your spot!

Have a question, comment or concern for the Educated Reporter? Email EWA public editor Emily Richmond at erichmond@ewa.org. Follow her on Twitter: @EWAEmily.

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Over 30,000 California prisoners started refusing meals on Monday morning in what might become the biggest hunger strike in California prison history, according to California's corrections department. So far, corrections officials have acknowledged that prisoners in two-thirds of the 33 prisons across the state, along with all of the out-of-state private prisons in the system, have missed at lea

Chinese students look at a newspaper outside an employment fair in Hefei, in east China's Anhui province.; Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images Dozens of  Chinese teenagers aboard the Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco on Saturday were headed to a summer English program in a religious school in the San Fernando Valley. Though it seemed unusual to those outside the education field, experts said a gr
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This is for every teacher who refuses to be blamed for the failure of our society to erase poverty and inequality, and refuses to accept assessments, tests and evaluations imposed by those who have contempt for real teaching and learning.

Chicago School Closings And The Joyce Foundation: The Obama Connection

Chicago School Closings And The Joyce Foundation: The Obama Connection:

Chicago School Closings And The Joyce Foundation: The Obama Connection

“They’re really in bed now with conservative elements nationwide,” said Mike Klonsky, a Chicago public schools activist and professor at DePaul University, in an interview with Mint Press News. “Anything that has to do with corporate-style school reform, you’ll probably see Joyce’s name in it.”

A Mint Press News investigation reveals the veracity of Klonsky’s statement — and then some.

President Barack Obama left, talks with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel right, after arriving at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
President Barack Obama left, talks with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel right, after arriving at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
The Windy City is is undergoing a tumultuous historical moment, with the uprising of the Chicago Teachers Union occurring alongside the ongoing restructuring and privatization of the Chicago Public Schools system.
Most recently, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel oversaw the closing of 50 public schools, many of which will be replaced by charter schools. A bulk of the 550 laid-off teachers will be replaced by Teach for America contractors, many of whom teach in charter schools.
“Statewide enrollment in charter schools has surged from 6,152 students in 2000 to 54,054 this school year — with most of them in Chicago — according to the Illinois State Board of Education,” an April Chicago Tribune editorial explained. “The first charter school in Illinois opened in 1996. Now there are 132 campuses operating under 58 charters.”
A thus-far underreported story of the retooling of CPS concerns a foundation close the epicenter of it all: the Joyce Foundation.
Joyce is a major liberal foundation. President Barack Obama sat on its board of directors from 1994 to 2002, as did Valerie Jarrett, his former senior advisor and assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement .
A look at major organizations dedicated to restructuring U.S. education turns up a slew of current and former upper-level Joyce staff and board members.
Between 1995 and 2012, the Joyce Foundation spent $135.58 million on education reform.
“They’re really in bed now with conservative elements nationwide,” said Mike Klonsky, a Chicago