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  • ** FILE ** U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visits a classroom at Brick Church College Prep in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Duncan also spoke to an association of education writers and to teachers at Vanderbilt University. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

    Under fire from teachers union, Obama, Duncan sit down with educators

    President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan rolled out a new teacher initiative Monday, just days after the country’s largest teachers union voted in favor of a motion calling on Mr. Duncan to resign.

  • Lyle Alderson, left, a former teacher, with his wife Jan Alderson, a high school science teacher, both of Overland Park, Kansas, and Kevin Gilbert, 42, of Ridgeland, Miss., right, a member-at-large on the National Education Association (NEA) executive committee and a former social studies teacher and coach, are interviewed in Washington on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Mrs. Alderson is a National Teacher Hall of Fame inductee. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    US teachers nowhere as diverse as their students

    U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students.

  • North Carolina stays 46th in teacher pay

    An annual study on public schools says North Caroilna still remains near the bottom when it comes to teacher pay.

  • ** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden salutes after arriving to speak before the 2012 National Educational Association's annual meeting on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Washington. (Associated Press)

    Teachers don't want to carry guns in the classroom, poll says

    As Vice President Joseph Biden's gun violence task force readies its recommendations, a new poll Tuesday shows the nation's teachers aren't interested in carrying guns into the classroom to protect themselves and their students.

  • Virginia teachers: Fiscal cliff cuts would hurt poor, disabled

    Virginia teachers are joining a chorus of national educators who are imploring Congress to address the looming "fiscal cliff" and are warning that state school systems stand to lose big if nothing is done.

  • 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?

  • A coal miner cheers as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, speaks during an event at the American Energy Corporation in Beallsville, Ohio, on Tuesday. The United Mine Workers of America has yet to make a decision about endorsing President Obama. (Associated Press)

    Mine workers union holds off giving its endorsement to Obama

    The nation's largest coal miners union has yet to make an endorsement for the upcoming presidential election after giving President Obama its full and early support four years ago -- hinting it may sit out the race.

  • Vice President Joe Biden salutes after arriving to speak before the 2012 National Educational Association annual meeting, Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Biden warns teachers of Romney hit

    In a foretaste of the political battles to come this fall over education, Vice President Joseph R. Biden told the nation's largest teachers union that presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his party do not respect the work they do.

  • 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.

  • Illustration: NEA by John Camejo for The Washington Times

    BECKNER: Big labor is real enemy of the 99 percent

    Since the class-warfare message of the Occupy Wall Street protests started nearly two months ago, the two largest teachers unions, the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), have taken every chance possible to stand in solidarity with the group of mostly underemployed college students and left-leaning activists. With AFT President Randi Weingarten joining in protests and state affiliates taking part and organizing protests of their own, the teachers unions are quick to point out that "public education, teachers and unions have increasingly come under attack from the one percent," as Leo Casey, spokesman for the AFT's New York City local put it.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: As unions harden, members walk

    Historically, unions were formed to protect the interests of workers from the one-sided actions of company management. Coming together gave the workers a strong voice and leverage in their negotiations, and it brought fairness and balance.

  • Illustration: NEA by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    NUGENT: NEA - master of disaster

    If the disturbing documentary "Waiting for Superman" didn't convince you that a massive overhaul of the public education system is necessary, maybe the massive cheating scandal erupting in the Atlanta public school system will.

  • Inside Politics

    The National Education Association — the nation's largest education union — has endorsed President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

  • Illustration: NEA by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    SOIFER: The coming teacher-union offensive

    Already, national political fundraising ma- chines are beginning to hum and s putter toward early targets in their quest to break another election cycle's worth of spending records. The nation's largest teachers union, the National Education Association (NEA), was the heaviest contributor to U.S. political campaigns in 2007-08, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Early indications show it is a front-runner to be so again.

  • Union workers have staged daily rallies this month at the Statehouse in Indianapolis to protest bills they say are unfair to Indiana's union workers. Public employees across the country are feeling the budget squeeze as legislators try to take the knife to their health care and pensions. (Associated Press)

    Unions at crossroads in states' budget wars

    Public employee unions, the last bastion of an American labor movement in decline, are facing the fight of their lives this year as strapped state and local governments seek to permanently downsize their pensions, pay, benefits and bargaining rights.

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