Behind the Headline: Teachers Unions Threaten Common Core Implementation

The Washington Post editorial board notes that teachers unions are beginning to push back against the Common Core standards in several states.

The Education Iron Triangle

An excerpt from Teachers Versus the Public

Common Core: Teachers’ Unions Think Again

As implementation nears, they aren’t liking what they see.

Behind the Headline: Wisconsin Supreme Court Considers Stay in Act 10 Case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court may quickly block a lower court judge’s ruling against Act 10, which limited collective bargaining for public workers. An article in the Fall 2013 issue of Ed Next looked at the impact of Act 10 on education in the state.

Paycheck Protection

Court upholds Michigan law forbidding public schools from collecting union dues through payroll deductions

Teachers Union Poll Is Not Credible

The AFT’s poll supposedly shows that American parents don’t support education reform. That’s because some of the AFT’s questions were designed to push respondents into giving the answers the AFT wanted.

Behind the Headline: Understanding NEA’s Current Membership Numbers

The National Education Association has roughly 3 million members, but it is tough to come up with an exact number.

Behind the Headline: Scott Walker Makes 57 Vetoes, Signs $68 Billion Wisconsin Budget

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the state”s 2013-2015 budget bill on Sunday after exercising his "partial veto" power to strike 57 words and phrases from the budget.

Limits on Collective Bargaining

Wisconsin succeeds in cutting costs

Let a New Teacher-Union Debate Begin

Examining the power—and the impact—of education’s 800-pound gorilla

How to Stymie the Teachers Unions

Want to prevent another Chicago? Let charter schools flourish.

Behind the Headline: Seeking Allies, Teachers’ Unions Court GOP Too

On Top of the News Seeking Allies, Teachers’ Unions Court GOP Too New York Times| 9/25/12 Behind the Headline The Long Reach of Teachers’ Unions Education Next| Fall 2010 In this morning’s New York Times, Motoko Rich writes about the growth in donations made by teachers unions to support Republican candidates. Mike Antonucci had an […]

The Chicago Strike’s Silver Lining

What this episode demonstrated was that what teacher unions care about has practically nothing to do with what’s good for the kids and everything to do with what teachers want for themselves.

The Fear Factor: Merit Pay with a Punch

The new CTU contract will not have “phony” merit pay (differentiated pay) but will have the “real” thing (school autonomy).

What the Chicago Strike is Really About

The unions are feeling whipsawed by tectonic shifts that have occurred within the Democratic Party in recent years.

Conflict is Unavoidable

There are times when the interests of the teachers and those of the broader public are not the same.

What We’re Watching: The Teacher Unions Image Problem

Paul Peterson talks with the Wall Street Journal about a new survey showing that the public is turning against teachers unions.

Another Real Winner in Wisconsin—Real Clear Politics

My colleagues and I went out on a limb yesterday when we wrote an op-ed piece saying that teacher unions were in trouble. So I watched the news last night with a worried eye after CNN told me that the exit polls in Wisconsin showed a tight race.

Behind the Headline: Teachers Unions Have a Popularity Problem

On Top of the News Peterson, Howell and West: Teachers Unions Have a Popularity Problem Wall Street Journal | 6/4/12 Behind the Headline The Public Weighs in on School Reform Education Next  | Fall 2011 A new public opinion survey finds that the percentage of people taking a negative view of teacher unions is growing, […]

Terry Moe on Teacher Union Power

Terry Moe talks with Eric Hanushek about his recent book, Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools.

By Education Next    Unions and Collective Bargaining, Video  

Unions and the Public Interest

Is collective bargaining for teachers good for students?

Rhode Island’s Landmark Pension Reform

Last night, by overwhelming margins, the Rhode Island legislature passed what may be the nation’s most comprehensive state public employee pension reform ever.

A Different Role for Teachers Unions

Cooperation brings high scores in Canada and Finland

The Army of Angry Teachers — When Success Breeds Failure

The unions succeed by intimidating politicians with their raw power while convincing the public that teacher unions love their children almost as much as the parents do. But when the public face of the teacher unions is the Army of Angry Teachers, they no longer seem like Mary Poppins.

Moe v. Meier on Teacher Unions

Two key fault lines ran through the lively panel discussion of Terry Moe’s new book, Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools. One was the notion of “reform unionism” and professional voice. The second was how to judge whether schools or teachers were doing well.

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