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Workplace Democracy?

Teachers in Minnesota’s K-12 schools are exclusively represented by a union and collective bargaining framework that has not been evaluated by teachers or lawmakers since its formal enactment in 1971. Teachers have not had the opportunity to vote for, or against, union representation in…

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Teachers, do you know your rights?

Despite the rights of teachers being restored in the Janus v. AFSCME decision, many are unaware of what these rights are. Teachers are also hearing a lot of misinformation concerning the Janus decision and what it means for them. The Teacher Freedom project has created a Declaration of Educator Association Rights

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Standing Up to Goliath

Read an interview with teacher Rebecca Friedrichs, author of "Standing Up to Goliath" on why she decided to resign from union membership and leadership.

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Proposed teacher licensing changes rebuild roadblocks

After years of effort, Minnesota’s teacher licensing system was overhauled with the adoption of a four-tiered licensure system in 2017. These reforms brought effective improvements to a badly broken and complex licensing system.

But several legislators have proposed changes to the newly adopted licensing rules in the House (HF 1329)…

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Teachers: Your salary and benefits won’t be affected if you aren’t members of the union

Yesterday we shared a video made by teachers for teachers addressing a misconception about union membership and job security.

Another mistaken belief is that an educator’s compensation or health insurance will be in jeopardy if he or she isn’t a union member. Both salary and benefits…

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Teachers: You won’t lose tenure or seniority if you aren’t members of the union

Teachers often worry about job security, but in doing so many believe certain misconceptions about seniority and tenure. One common belief is that tenure and seniority are in jeopardy if teachers aren’t members of the union. This simply is not true.

Thanks to the Teacher Freedom project,…

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The Janus Effect on Teachers’ Union: Too Soon to Know

The impact of Janus v. AFSCME on union membership losses in Minnesota is not fully known yet. While the state’s unionization rate in the public sector did increase 5.4 percentage points between 2017 and 2018, not all union data is reported within a calendar year.

For example, Education Minnesota, the…

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Teachers report increase in student behavioral issues

A survey of nearly 1,900 elementary school teachers, administrators and staff from 41 public school districts across the country reveals the vast majority of educators perceive an alarming increase in behavioral disruptions in elementary school classrooms over the past three years.

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What is the average teacher pension in Minnesota?

For newly retired Minnesota teachers, the “average pension” from the past ten years is $27,593.21, according to TeacherPensions.org, a project of Bellwether Education Partners.

But the estimated percentage of new teachers who will actually receive a pension is 50 percent. Which means 50 percent of new Minnesota…

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