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Metro teachers are being judged solely by the color of their skin; asked to change curriculum for black students

While we are still thinking about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., I wanted to bring a startling development to your attention: public school teachers are being subjected to on-the-job mental abuse and bullying. Teachers are being told they are white supremacists by people who judge them solely on the basis of their skin color. They are forced to listen to crude language (so they could better understand black culture), and then blamed, as whites, for the achievement gap. The kicker? Teachers are being asked to change the "white curriculum" to accommodate black students. Who does this serve? Certainly not teachers or black students.

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St. Paul teachers support Los Angeles teacher strike. Do you?

A couple dozen St. Paul teachers participated in a “walk-in” before school Tuesday morning to support the Los Angeles teachers’ strike that has made national headlines.

As reported by KARE 11, the group demonstrated outside Highland Park Middle School before class started to let teachers from Los…

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‘What Percent Are You?’: 1/3 of Teachers’ Union Employees are in Top 5% Income Bracket or Higher

Education Minnesota’s most recent federal filings covered the organization’s revenues and expenditures from September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018. While this period does include the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Janus v. AFSCME, it does not extend through the union’s resignation/opt-out window (which is limited to only seven days…

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MN Educators Have Excellent Options for Non-Union Protection

Minnesota educators looking for a non-partisan, non-union option to provide them with liability insurance, job protection coverage, and professional development have excellent options to choose from. The Association of American Educators (AAE)—the largest national, non-union, professional educator organization—has become a premier option for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, education support staff, and college professors interested in belonging to an association that empowers educators to advocate for themselves and their students.

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Jim’s Story

“It’s important for teachers to find the association that best represents them and what they believe education is all about.” Like many teachers, Jim would have considered joining only the local union, but he didn’t want to belong to the state or national union. He was told this wasn’t an option.

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NEA Convention by the Numbers from Mike Antonucci

Forward: Mike Antonucci is an amazing reporter in the teachers’ union space. We do not think anyone spends more time watching the union for teachers, and he always seems to get great “scoops.” If you want to keep an eye on the teachers’ unions here and around the country, he…

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Sharon’s Story

“I was a satisfied, enthusiastic union member for many years. I became involved because I wanted to try to address the pressures on my classroom that were coming from outside of my classroom,” Sharon shares. “I followed the normal route, I got involved in my building as a union rep… and thought I was advocating for my colleagues, for my students, and for my association, for my union.”

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If you want a PAC and Foundation Refund, Postmark Your Letter by Today!

Happy Halloween! Hope you are having fun with your students today. Today is the last day to get your forms in the mail.

The request forms are available only in the October issue of the Minnesota Educator (pages 13 and 8). 

If you are a “continuing member,” you must submit your…

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Teachers Union Details Political Strategy in Star Tribune, Raises Dues and PAC Contribution

Meanwhile, the union was anticipating the Supreme Court’s ruling and subsequently, a possible drop in membership. To maintain its numbers, Education Minnesota would need to fortify its membership and bank accounts. Last year, the union increased the amount deducted from each member’s annual union dues for its political action committee from $15 to $25. (If members want to opt out of that donation, they have to jump through a few hoops: Fill out a form included in an issue of the union’s magazine — and not a photocopied version — and submit it by the end of October, or within 30 days of signing on as a union member.)

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