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Education Reform Legislation Moves a Step Closer in Idaho
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 25, 2011, 01:21 pm   

Yesterday, lawmakers in the Idaho Senate passed landmark legislation that would phase out tenure, restrict union power, and limit contracts to one year among other components. The legislation passed on a 20-15 vote and is among three bills in the legislature that are set to carry out Superintendent Tom Luna's "Students Come First" education plan.
Utah Bill Hammering Unions Advances
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 24, 2011, 05:41 pm   

This week, Utah House Bill 183 cleared several legislative hurdles after years of union push back. The House advanced a bill Wednesday that would prohibit school districts from paying teachers on leave from the classroom for union duties as well as prohibit school district money contributing to union leader salaries.

Labor Saga Continues
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 24, 2011, 01:13 pm   

The saga continues all over the country as Wisconsin, Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio lawmakers are all fighting to end compulsory unionism and close budget shortfalls. Despite protests, national headlines and Democratic lawmakers leaving the states in droves, experts are calling this landmark legislation that will change the face of public sector unions for years to come.
On the Lighter Side over in Hawaii
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 24, 2011, 10:47 am   

I'm not going to ignore the heavy weather that is bearing down in and around the statehouses of the Midwest. There is a lot to watch and a lot to learn. I recognize what is going on, BUT my blogging focuses on what happens in the classroom. And I've decided that I'd like to zero in on some personal touches that two teachers in Hawaii put on their teaching.

Wisconsin May Be Just the Beginning
posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 21, 2011, 10:55 pm   

Governors who swept into power in state houses this year with promises to cut spending and bring business to depressed states are now beginning to usher in a new era of labor relations that could result in the largest reduction of power to public sector unions in generations.

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