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Archived Blog Posts

August 23, 2018

This piece of back-to-school paperwork could cost a teacher over $700

If you’re a public school teacher who wants to stop paying for union politics, the Supreme Court says that’...

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March 25, 2016

March Madness Union Dues Scam

To flush their political coffer with cash, the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculty (APSCUF) runs a ...

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January 19, 2016

Voting for Your Union

Imagine if a political party could stay in power for four decades without facing reelection. Thankfully, we have regular elections ...

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June 23, 2015

Teacher Defies Union Control of Charitable Donation

It’s a different day, but it’s the same story about the PSEA’s treatment of educators that religiously ...

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April 28, 2015

Teachers Stand Up and Inspire New Legislation

No one should be forced to fund political activity that they don’t support. Jane Ladley, a teacher in Chester ...

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April 23, 2015

Community Rallies Around Local Teacher

Standing up for your beliefs can be scary—especially when you’re a teacher standing up to the most powerful ...

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February 6, 2015

Why Two Teachers are Suing the PSEA

On Monday, a judge will hear oral arguments in a case challenging the PSEA’s refusal to allow two Pennsylvania ...

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January 27, 2015

A Local-Only Union: A Teacher Tells How to Leave the NEA

Michigan teacher Jim Perialas has an unusual story. In 2012 his school, Roscommon Area School District, became the first in decades ...

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August 20, 2014

Podcast: Teachers Opt Out of Union Membership

This post first appeared on the Commonwealth Foundation’s PolicyBlog. Commonwealth Foundation used to run Free to Teach, which is ...

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June 18, 2014

Teachers Urge Reform of Pension System

With Pennsylvania’s pension system for public school employees some $33 billion in debt, lawmakers are looking for ways to save ...

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June 2, 2014

Union Quietly Admits to Using Teachers’ Dues for Politics

This post first appeared on the Commonwealth Foundation’s PolicyBlog. Commonwealth Foundation used to run Free to Teach, which is ...

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October 31, 2013

NEA Funding of Radical Groups Prompted my Resignation

Update: As of 2018, Free to Teach is no longer run by Commonwealth Foundation, but by the organization Americans For Fair ...

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August 3, 2013

The Union’s Money Trail

Good news! Teachers no longer have to pay forced dues. Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. ...

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May 8, 2013

Did Legislation in 2010 Fix the Pension Crisis?

This post originally ran in Commonwealth Foundation’s PolicyBlog. Commonwealth Foundation used to run Free to Teach. For more on ...

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April 4, 2013

Your Pension Under the Governor’s Proposal

You may have seen PSEA materials showing your pension reduced significantly under Gov. Tom Corbett’s pension reform proposal. So ...

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April 4, 2013

How Can Education Spending Be Going Up?

One educator wrote in response to our information on school spending, asking how we arrived at our figures. According to ...

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January 2, 2013

Filing a Religious Objection to your Fair Share Fee

UPDATE: Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME on June 27, 2018, agency fee payers in government&...

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December 7, 2012

What Does $200 Mean To You?

As educators, we’re all working through end-of-year projects and tests with our students before we break for the winter ...

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