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Merit Pay for Teachers: A Good Idea in a Flawed Education System
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Merit Pay for Teachers: A Good Idea in a Flawed Education System

Since I began researching politics, I have been a strong supporter of the merit pay system for teachers. Not only have I supported it, but I’ve defended it and fought for it. Unfortunately as school ended last month, I began to see what I believe may be a major flaw in the idea. On the surface it sounds as if it makes sense; pay teachers on a merit system based on their performance. But as is often the case, real life may have uncovered a glitch, and I believe there’s a possibility it may not work in our public schools as they are structured now. Here’s why:

07/16/2013
Teachers Union Tactics: Manipulating Instead of Educating
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Teachers Union Tactics: Manipulating Instead of Educating

As a parent, I look forward to parent-teacher conferences.  Even if the news is bad, and sometimes it is, it’s better than the information I’m getting at home. The daily school conversation with my children usually goes like this - “How was school, what did you do today?” I ask.  “It was fine, I’m hungry,” is usually the response.  My children are typical, from what I understand, in that the only thing they will open up about are social issues; and even telling me about their social lives will sadly, most likely end during middle school.

03/28/2013
Chicago Teachers Want More Than There Is
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Chicago Teachers Want More Than There Is

The Chicago Teachers Union went on strike Sunday night, citing such issues as compensation, health benefits, and job security. Chicago is out of money, the State of Illinois is even more out of money, and in tough economic times, no one has job security.

09/10/2012
Louisiana Teachers Union Cash In A “Professional Development” Day to Perfect Their Protesting Skills
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Louisiana Teachers Union Cash In A “Professional Development” Day to Perfect Their Protesting Skills

03/14/2012
Urgent Action Needed in South Carolina School Choice Fight
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Urgent Action Needed in South Carolina School Choice Fight

Tomorrow, the House Ways and Means Committee will be voting to decide if H.4894 will be brought to the House floor.  The bill gives parents and students greater control over their education by allowing the use of tax credits and deductions to send children to the school that best meets their needs.  

03/05/2012
Supporters of School Choice Can't Take a Holiday
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Supporters of School Choice Can't Take a Holiday

This week, while most Pennsylvanians are looking forward to spending quality time with their families, opponents of school choice will be working overtime to keep students and parents trapped in a failed educational system. But Pennsylvania voters can set them free.

11/22/2011
Vote YES on Issues 2 & 3 in November
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Press Release

Vote YES on Issues 2 & 3 in November

FreedomWorks and our tea party allies in Ohio are teaming up to support Governor Kasich's union reform agenda and stop ObamaCare in its tracks this November by urging our members to vote YES on Ballot Issues 2 & 3.When SB 5 was passed last spring, it helped balance Ohio's budget by giving local governments desperately-needed flexibility to renegotiate certain aspects of public sector union contracts.

09/15/2011
Key Vote YES: Pennsylvania SB1 Opportunity Scholarship and Educational Improvement Tax Credit Act
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Key Vote YES: Pennsylvania SB1 Opportunity Scholarship and Educational Improvement Tax Credit Act

Dear Representative, On behalf of over a million FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to support SB 1, the Opportunity Scholarship and Educational Improvement Tax Credit Act.” Introduced by Sen. Piccola (R-Dauphin) and Sen. Williams (D-Philadelphia), this bill would allow children the opportunity to attend a better school. We must ensure that all Pennsylvania children receive the quality education that they deserve.

02/18/2011
Key Vote "YES" On SB113 to Prohibit Collective Bargaining Between Teacher Unions and Local School Boards in Tennessee
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Key Vote "YES" On SB113 to Prohibit Collective Bargaining Between Teacher Unions and Local School Boards in Tennessee

Dear Representative, FreedomWorks is a leading grassroots organization with over one million members fighting for lower taxes, less government and more freedom. I am writing to urge you to vote YES on SB113 which would prohibit collective bargaining between teacher unions and local school boards also referred to as LEAs in Tennessee. Introduced by Senator Jack Johnson (District 23), this bill would bring cost effectiveness and competiveness back to the local school systems.

02/18/2011