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What We're Reading | December 7, 2012

February 1, 2013 by Jacqueline Lowe

How Strong Are U.S. Teacher Unions? A State-By-State Comparison
A new report by the Fordham Institute describes just how powerful the teachers unions truly are and what their presence means for education reform. “The study analyzed factors ranging from union membership and revenue to state bargaining laws to campaign contributions, and included such measures such as the alignment between specific state policies and traditional union interests and a unique stakeholder survey.”

How to Get a Budget Deal Instead of the Cliff
The 4% Growth Project recommends this opinion piece by Alex Blinder from the Wall Street Journal. Blinder asks Congress in an open letter to avoid the fiscal cliff stating, “If you take between 3% and 4% of total spending out of an economy, a recession is very likely to follow.”

Morsi’s Mistake
The Freedom Collection recommends this article by Steven A. Cook in Foreign Policy about the current unrest in Egypt, making the argument that current political instability in Egypt is not motivated by a uniting cause like democracy, which unseated Hosni Mubarak. According to Cook, the current instability can be traced back to the Arab Spring when the Egyptian military failed to establish a political transition from Mubarak-era autocracy to a democratic system.