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MN & WI schools both recognized for academic excellence, but only WI schools recognized for progress on closing achievement gaps

Eight schools in Minnesota and eight schools in Wisconsin were recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for overall academic excellence. Six of the eight schools awarded in Wisconsin were also recognized for "exemplary" progress in closing achievement gaps, compared to none of the eight in Minnesota. ...

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Education Minnesota endorses political candidates & “recommends” them to members

Education Minnesota, the state’s teachers’ union, used two pages of its every-other-month magazine, Minnesota Educator, to list out the political candidates it has endorsed for the upcoming November elections. Ninety-nine percent are DFL candidates. [Photo Source: Education Minnesota]...

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Teachers: You do not have to meet with a union rep before resigning this week.

Minnesota teachers who are choosing to exercise their First Amendment rights and resign from union membership are being told that they need to meet with their local union official before they can opt-out. A meeting is not required under the law, teaching contract, or under the union membership card. Your decision to opt-out is a private decision, and you are under no obligation to meet with anyone to discuss your decision....

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Union Executive and Staff Pay Far Exceeds Teachers; State Union Dues Increase Again

Denise Specht, President of Education Minnesota makes over $206,000 a year. Specht's gross salary increased $5,794 in 2016. Almost 70 executives and other staff at Education Minnesota make over $100,000 in salary. State dues have gone up by $7; dues range from $650 to $1,400. There were 6,534 reported agency fee payers in 2017....

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American Experiment event celebrating free speech protected by police while police union protested outside

The Teamsters are certified under the law to represent police officers all over the state. The Center had to hire police to protect us while the Center and our guests exercised our right to gather and speak. We had to hire police to protect us from possible interruptions, or worse, from the police union and other public-sector unions and protesters. ...

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September 24-30 is decision time for Minnesota Educators: Union Sets Narrow Exit Window Once a Year

EducatedTeachersMn.com is a website the Center created just for teachers and educational support professionals (ESPs) who belong to the teachers’ union, Education Minnesota. The project seeks to inform and empower teachers and ESPS by offering them practical advice and assistance on how to resign from the union. (You can generate a resignation letter starting next week.) It features educational material about the state and national teachers’ unions, how dues are being spent and alternatives to membership in the union. ...

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Education Minnesota president calls Center ‘clueless’ for blackboard billboards, NEA president uses similar blackboard theme

Education Minnesota President Denise Specht used her column in the union’s August 2018 Minnesota Educator edition to criticize electronic billboards the Center put up in celebration of employee freedom and the end of forced union fees. Specht took issue with the sign’s blackboard background because “schools haven’t used blackboards in 20 years." But pop on over to the website of Lily Eskelsen Garcia, the president of the National Education Association that Education Minnesota is affiliated with, and you will find a similar blackboard background....

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Celebrate Labor Day by Telling Your Friends About Employee Freedom Janus-Style. And Join Us on Constitution Day (Sept. 17)

I cannot think of a better way to celebrate Labor Day this year than telling every public employee you know about the Janus case. The second best way to celebrate is to to register for the Center's celebration of the Janus victory with Mark Janus and Rebecca Friedrichs, the brave public employees who demanded that the Supreme Court restore their full First Amendment rights. They will be here in person on Constitution Day (Monday, September 17) to tell us their story. ...

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Big news: New Mexico acts to protect first amendment rights of state employees following Janus

New Mexico has stopped deducting dues from union members in cases where the state is not sure if an employee has agreed to dues deduction. The state required new membership cards to continue the dues deduction. Why aren't Minnesota's public employers doing the same? ...

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Survey Says: Majority of Public Sector Union Members See Janus Ruling as ‘Positive’

It has been nearly two months to the day since the U.S. Supreme Court decided to give all public employees a voice and choice when it comes to union membership. Prior to the ruling, awareness of the Janus v. AFSCME case was quite low. But a new survey of government union members shows post-Janus knowledge of the Supreme Court ruling is high, and many think the ruling is a positive development....

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