by Joshua Sharf | 5:18 pm, January 20, 2013
Not all school spending is for the kids. A lot of it is for the teachers, at the expense of the kids. Over the last five years, even as school districts and teachers unions complain that per-student spending has been “slashed,” “cut to the bone,” or “eviscerated,” per-student spending on the PERA School Division has [...]
by Joshua Sharf | 11:53 pm, July 23, 2012
The unions favoring JeffCo’s 3A & 3B are using the usual scare tactics, of course. But this year, thanks to Sheila Atwell at Jeffco Students First (among others), they’re having to play defense on a number of issues, including the district’s PERA contributions.
by Joshua Sharf | 1:35 am, June 24, 2012
This morning, the Douglas County Federation of Teachers responded to the School Board’s thoughts on the state of contract negotiations. The response is notable, because it appears to walk back a number of concessions that the union had made in earlier negotiations. The union’s justification, laid out in a letter to its membership (see below), [...]
by Joshua Sharf | 1:14 pm, June 3, 2012
One of the less-noticed points of contention at Douglas County’s open negotiations the other week was the status of school district employees who are actually on the union payroll. Basically, union heads leave the classroom to spend their time representing teachers and the union, yet remain officially school district employees. The district wants to end [...]
by Joshua Sharf | 12:05 pm, May 25, 2012
Last night I attended the Douglas County teachers union contract negotiations conducted under the county’s new Open Negotiations policy. This was the first meeting which teachers were able to attend, and the Douglas County Federation of Teachers – the local for the American Federation of Teachers – had called for teachers to show up in [...]
by Joshua Sharf | 11:46 pm, May 31, 2011
Back in 2009, the Colorado legislature decided they had had it with citizen oversight. They passed HB09-1326, which, among other things: People who successfully challenge the validity of signatures in court could sue sponsors of the measure to recover attorney’s fee. Circulators who collect more than 100 signatures are required to go through a government-sponsored [...]
by Joshua Sharf | 10:28 pm, May 17, 2011
How many states can be 49th? Let us count the ways. A few years ago, my friend Ben DeGrow noticed that whenever the subject of budget restraint touched on public education, the state teachers union would immediately make one of two claims: either the state was 49th in school spending, or would be after the [...]
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UPDATE: Something apparently got messed up with the PayPal buttons during this past weekend’s database glitch – fixed now. Yes, it’s that time again — PPC will be conducting training classes for center-right activists on Saturday, April 20 and Saturday, April 27, at Independence Institute in Denver. The tentative class schedule is as follows: Saturday, [...]
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