How much more are you going to take…

Spending cuts, jobs, taxes, health care, education, infrastructure, banking, housing, energy, defense, and climate are all very important right now and all inter-related.  But they are just noise.  They are a giant smokescreen to hide the GRAND THEFT that has been and is going on right now. Illegal foreclosures.  Bank of America got caught in […]

Stop the Bubble Machine

I read in today’s Times that the Afghani want peace and jobs and that the “enemy population” would all but dissolve if they could find gainful employment. “In a recent survey, Kandaharis favored negotiations with the Taliban by a margin of 19 to 1 over continued fighting. Five of six Kandaharis viewed the Taliban as ‘our Afghan brothers,’ […]

Can America Have a Quick Recovery from Economic Contraction? -Three Directions for Job Creation

By Guest Blogger Liping Chen, Job creation has been a major problem since the Bush administration.  2009 was marked as a year of spending with unfulfilled economic recovery. President Obama, in his State of the Union address, pledged ‘jobs must be our number-one focus in 2010′, and proposed ‘a new small business tax credit’ and […]

Remember, You Heard It Here First!

Remember that old song, “Looking for Love in all the wrong places?” That song kind of reminds me of what’s going on in D.C. these days.   No, I am not talking about the latest round of adultery.  I mean the latest “bi-partisan” effort to control the public debt.  Debt is not inherently bad.  It can, […]

Charter Schools, Teachers, and the law

When addressing issues of employment and collective bargaining with classified and certified staff, some states allow their charter schools to bargain independently and directly with staff while others do not. In Arkansas, for example, charter schools are bound by school district collective bargaining agreements and teachers in each of a state’s charter schools have equal access to the public school teachers’ retirement system. In Minnesota, on the other hand, charter schools are not bound by district collective bargaining agreements. Minnesota charter school’s teachers may negotiate as separate unit with the charter school governing body or work independently. A charter school’s bargaining unit may remain part of the school district unit if teachers, the charter school governing board, the local school board and the teachers’ union in the school district agree. In Oregon, a charter school’s teachers may participate in existing