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October 17, 2018
Illinois charter PAC ready to spend millions in Chicago elections
Well-funded political action committee supporting charter schools poised to campaign for mayor, aldermen candidates — with potentially enough to sway elections.
Who's In Charge
July 5, 2018
New Local School Council members face challenging first task: filling council vacancies
When Englewood community organizer Erica Nanton was out of a job and struggling a few months ago, she didn’t think she would…
classroom to congress
May 24, 2018
Can Ms. Hayes go to Washington? A national teacher of the year explains why she’s running for Congress
Jahana Hayes thinks what Washington, D.C. needs is a schoolteacher — one of the nation’s top teachers, in fact.
rumor has it
March 3, 2017
Is New York City schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña on her way out?
Chatter has mounted recently over whether Fariña, after 50 years in public education, is on her way out. The city Department of Education says: "Not true."
Politics & Policy
November 4, 2014
What education issues drew voters to the polls this week?
In a state that is regularly consumed by debates around public education, the near-total absence of education as an issue in this year’s elections is notable.
December 17, 2013
Winning DPS candidates outraised opponents by four to one
Nearly half of all donations to the winning Denver Public Schools Board of Education slate of candidates backed by the so-called reform movement were raised by just 53 people.
April 29, 2013
In UFT presidential election, retirees cast more than half of votes
More than half of the votes in last week's United Federation of Teachers leadership election came from retired union members, according to a final vote tally that the union released today. The complete count, released three days after the election, showed 19,808 votes for president from people who currently work in schools and 21,813 from retired members. The distribution reflects longstanding trends in union voting that were accelerated by dramatically lower turnout and a policy change that increased the weight of retirees' votes. Retirees make up a potent, and unusual, voting bloc in the UFT, one of the only labor unions in the country that allows retired members to continue to vote in union elections. They turn out in droves and almost always cast their ballots for the union's leadership. This year's election was no outlier, with 38 percent of retirees returning their ballots, compared to just 17 percent of active members.
April 25, 2013
Ballot count, "like watching paint dry," underway in UFT election
P.S. 15 teacher Julie Cavanagh, seen during a campaign stop earlier this year, ran against UFT President Michael Mulgrew in this year's union elections, whose winners will be announced today. The United Federation of Teachers' internal election season comes to a close today when a vote count decides who will be the union's leader for the next three years. Current President Michael Mulgrew is expected to win another term easily, after garnering 91 percent of the vote three years ago. But more than 90 other positions are also being filled, many with significant decision-making power. The vote also offers an opportunity to gauge dissent within the union at a potentially pivotal moment for education in the city. The vote count is taking place at a Holiday Inn on 57th Street in Manhattan, where about 70 employees of the American Arbitration Association are processing ballots that have rolled in by mail from UFT members across the country. The UFT's elections committee decided that only union members can attend the public vote, according to Jeff Zaino, vice president of AAA, which handles elections for unions across the country. Representatives of each of the union's internal parties are on hand to observe the process.
March 5, 2013
As UFT elections get underway, dissenters face an uphill climb
P.S. 15 teacher Julie Cavanagh, speaking to teachers at Murry Bergtraum High School last week, is running against UFT President Michael Mulgrew in this year's union elections. It's been nearly three years since Michael Mulgrew was elected to his first full term at the helm of the United Federation of Teachers, which means election season has arrived for the city's teachers union. As would-be candidates work to meet Wednesday's deadline to collect the signatures they need to get on the ballots in April, we'll be keeping you up to date on Mulgrew's re-election bid and about what to expect from the changing union landscape. What is clear is that there won't be much suspense in the race for UFT president, as Mulgrew will almost certainly coast to a second full term. He's backed by the union's longtime dominant party, Unity, whose presidential candidate typically wins by a landslide. Three years ago, Mulgrew received 91 percent of the vote. The unified support that the union's leadership typically receives is one of many ways that the union has remained powerful in the face of threats. In other ways, too, the elections are about more than Mulgrew. There will be hundreds of positions on the ballot, including 90 executive board positions and delegates to the national and state unions, many with significant ability to impact decision-making. The vote totals also offer an opportunity to gauge dissent within the union — and this year, the dissenters are working hard to harness their power.
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