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  • Firefighters stand as the procession heads to the cemetery outside the funeral for school shooting victim Daniel Gerard Barden at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. According to firefighters, Daniel wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up and they honored him at the service. Barden, 7, was killed when Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Unions lambaste proposal to arm more teachers

    The nation's leading teachers unions Thursday slammed the idea of arming more teachers, a proposal floated in the wake of last week's Sandy Hook school shooting by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and others and already in place in some Texas schools.

  • Dennis Van Roekel is president of the National Education Association. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Unions slam push to arm teachers with guns

    The debate continues over whether teachers and other school personnel should have access to guns in an emergency, but the nation's two biggest teachers unions warned Thursday that would be a disastrous idea that sends the wrong message to children.

  • Illustration by Jennifer Kohnke

    RAHN: Liberal leaders flunk math

    Dennis Van Roekel, president of the largest teachers union, the National Education Association, failed fifth-grade math last week. The question he failed is: If X (government spending) is growing faster than A (government tax revenue) plus B (new revenue from higher tax rates on "the rich"), when will A plus B equal X?

  • The exterior of Hallsville High School in Hallsville, Texas, is pictured in 2010. (AP Photo/Danny Robbins)

    To many teachers, career has failed

    Students aren't the only ones who hate going to school.

  • Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    NEA proposes criteria reform for teacher jobs

    Performance, not seniority, would play the primary role in whether teachers keep their jobs under a broad reform plan released by the National Education Association last week.

  • ** FILE ** Kaya Henderson (Rod Lamkey/The Washington Times File)

    Education group on D.C. plan: Teachers want more than money

    The National Education Association has responded to a D.C. proposal to give city teachers a bonus to transfer to underachieving schools by saying money is not what motivates great educators.

  • READY TO FIGHT: Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, says recent elections sent a message: "You cannot turn your back on the middle class." (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Teachers union leader says battle's just begun

    The head of the nation's largest labor union says Republican efforts to restrain the power of unions has produced a middle-class backlash across the country that could cost Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and other GOP politicians their jobs.

  • Duncan eyes waivers on NCLB rules

    If Arne Duncan wants it done, he may have to do it himself.

  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan has spoken positively of the D.C. schools chancellor's reforms. (Associated Press)

    GUNN: Complete victory over teachers unions

    It was disturbing to watch U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan share a Florida stage recently with National Education Association (NEA) President Dennis Van Roekel and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten.

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