Foundation for Education Reform and Accountability

Teachers Unions

Publications

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.