Teacher Unions and SAT Scores

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Just found a really interesting posting at http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2011/02/22/no-strong-teacher-unio...

There are five states in the US that make it illigal for teachers to form unions, namely South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and Virginia. Their ACT/SAT rankings are, respectively 50th, 49th, 48th, 47th, and 44th. Does anyone else see a correlation?

The data is from a professor from Georgia Southern University named Michael More. No idea if he's related to the famous director of documentaries.

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This just sent to me as a parent/advocate regarding California state teacher wages. It's a link to a new service provided by "Ed-Data" and the site's description follows. These folks are not millionaires by any means:

"In California’s public school system, each district negotiates a contract detailing salaries, benefits, and working conditions for its teachers through a collective bargaining process. This report provides information about teachers’ salaries and benefits and their credentials and experience. See Teachers in California for a more complete background and Negotiating Teachers’ Contracts in California for a description of how teachers’ employment contracts are determined.

Salary and benefit information in the following tables come from a teacher salary report (J-90) that districts are not required to file. About 20% (covering about 1% of the state's ADA) do not file and therefore will have no data in the Teacher Salary, Teacher Benefit, or Supplemental Salary tables."

http://www.ed-data.org/Navigation/fsTwoPanel.asp?bottom=/fiscal/teacherS...

As an added bonus, there's a Facebook page with a funny satire on teacher salaries. Type this title into facebook: "Are you sick of highly paid teachers?" posted by Meredith Menden on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 3:32pm"

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The other way we're subsidizing Walmart...

Most of us know how taxpayers subsidize Walmart's low wages with billions of dollars in Medicaid, food stamps, and other financial assistance for workers. But, did you know that we're also subsidizing the retail giant by paying the cost of their environmental destruction.

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