Foundation for Education Reform and Accountability

Teachers Unions


Union-Represented Charter Schools Not Making the Grade
December 21, 2010
On the 2010 New York City Progress Reports, non-union charter schools significantly outperformed UFT-represented charter schools in each of the three categories upon which the schools were grades. Based on the latest scores, one has to wonder how long it will be until the list of closed unionized charter schools expands.

New York Teachers Unions: A History of Opposition to Public Charter Schools
May 21, 2010
While union bosses of the statewide and New York City teachers unions claim that they don’t oppose public charter schools, a review the numerous public comments they’ve made shows a different story.  Union bosses have routinely mischaracterized these innovative schools and to turn public opinion against them.

Report Shows Teacher Union’s Extravagant Spending
April 1, 2009
While some may question if spending teachers’ hard-earned union dues on a multimillion dollar convention for union bosses is prudent at a time when thousands of teachers’ jobs are threatened, one only has to look at data available through the U.S. Department of Labor to see that NYSUT’s lavish spending on itself this weekend is nothing new.

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Unionize ‘Em
March 13, 2009
Having failed to stop charter schools outright – the union’s first preference – the teachers unions now are pursuing a new strategy: speak more softly and attempt to coax one charter school after another into its dues-paying fold.  The reason some in the charter-school movement remain unconvinced by this rhetorical shift is that the New York teachers union has tried for the past 10 years to cripple charter schools whenever possible.

New York State United Teachers Rocked by Investment Scandal: A Summary of the Attorney General’s Investigation Findings
June 13, 2006
In April 2006, the Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability called for an investigation of the New York State United Teachers apparent impropriety, potential fraud, and possible conflict of interest for a deal with an investment firm to endorse and promote high-expense, low-performance retirement funds to its member teachers in exchange for an estimated $3 million in annual kick-backs.  In June 2006, the state attorney general announced that his investigation uncovered NYSUT making money on union members’ financial losses, multiple instances of lies and deceit, multi-million dollar kick-backs, cover up, and multiple laws broken.

Press Releases

Statement on United Federation of Teachers’ “Hit Job” on Charter Schools
January 3, 2010
The United Federation of Teachers’ president Michael Mulgrew has proposed a complete gutting of charter schools in New York.  This is not an effort to “reform” charter schools, but an attempt at killing them through a death by a thousand cuts.

NYSUT Promoting Loophole Allowing Teachers to Avoid New Pension Plan
December 11, 2009
Despite Gov. David Paterson signing a new Tier 5 pension plan into law intended to save the state billions of dollars, the New York State United Teachers is promoting a scheme that uses a loophole to allow future teachers to “lock in Tier 4” benefits now, even if they do not become members of the state Teachers Retirement System until 2016.

Teachers Union Plays Santa All Year ‘Round Spending Lavishly On Itself
December 12, 2006
The state’s largest teachers union spent more than $162 million on itself in one year on items ranging from retreats at luxury resorts to a fleet of automobiles valued at more than a million dollars, according to new data available through the U.S. Department of Labor.

State Teachers Union Opposes Charter Schools: Wow, That’s a Surprise
December 6, 2006
The New York State United Teachers unleashed a biased slash-and-burn report attacking public charter schools on the eve of the state legislature authorizing more charter schools.  The Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability highlighted a few of union report’s omissions or inaccuracies.

Opinion Articles & Blog Stories

League of Women Voters Not Independent or Unbiased, NY Ed Reform Blog (January 10, 2011)

Teachers Sacrifice While Union Spends Big on Itself, NY Ed Reform Blog (January 4, 2011)

NYSUT Battles Against Teachers in Court, NY Ed Reform Blog (December 9, 2010)

A Realist’s Response to NYSUT’s $250,000 Ad Campaign, NY Ed Reform Blog (October 27, 2010)

NYSUT’s Flip-Flop on Teacher Evaluations and Charter Schools Pays Off, NY Ed Reform Blog (August 31, 2010)

NYSUT In the Political Arena, NY Ed Reform Blog (August 23, 2010)

“Prevailing Wage”: Profiteering at Schoolchildren’s Expense, NY Ed Reform Blog (June 10, 2010)

The Unions’ Plan to Kill Good Schools, New York Post (April 20, 2010)

Lessons for Charter Schools, Times Union (April 2, 2010)

NYSUT’s Stimulus, NY Ed Reform Blog (March 2, 2010)

Putting Students Before Adults, NY Ed Reform Blog (February 19, 2010)

Teacher “Rubber Rooms” are Here to Stay, NY Ed Reform Blog (February 18, 2010)

Poison School Pills, New York Post (January 13, 2010)

Meet Old-School New Teacher’s Union Boss Michael Mulgrew, New York Daily News (January 10, 2010)

Gutting Charters, New York Post (January 4, 2010)

Passing the Torch from Shrewd Negotiator to Blunt Instrument, NY Ed Reform Blog (January 3, 2010)

The UFT’s Conspiracy Theories, NY Ed Reform Blog (December 23, 2009)

Randi’s Red Herring, New York Post (October 26, 2009)

Teachers Union Frequently Flunk the School Reform Test, New York Daily News (August 6, 2009)

Schools are Accountable for Pupil Performance, Buffalo News (October 28, 2007)