The National Education Association has roughly 3 million members, but it is tough to come up with an exact number.
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.
Wisconsin succeeds in cutting costs
Examining the power—and the impact—of education’s 800-pound gorilla
Want to prevent another Chicago? Let charter schools flourish.
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 […]
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 new CTU contract will not have “phony” merit pay (differentiated pay) but will have the “real” thing (school autonomy).
The unions are feeling whipsawed by tectonic shifts that have occurred within the Democratic Party in recent years.
There are times when the interests of the teachers and those of the broader public are not the same.
Paul Peterson talks with the Wall Street Journal about a new survey showing that the public is turning against teachers unions.
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.
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 talks with Eric Hanushek about his recent book, Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools.
Is collective bargaining for teachers good for students?
Last night, by overwhelming margins, the Rhode Island legislature passed what may be the nation’s most comprehensive state public employee pension reform ever.
Cooperation brings high scores in Canada and Finland
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.
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.
The unions can try to rebuild their image (while doing good for America) by actively participating in efforts to figure out how to evaluate teachers and how schools can make personnel decisions based on those evaluations.
One of the reasons Candidate Obama was so appealing was his call for participants in our democracy to “disagree without being disagreeable.”
A brilliant report from Mike Antonucci at the Education Intelligence Agency (EIA) paints a dark picture of what the recent public union defeats in Wisconsin and elsewhere mean to the National Education Association.
I don’t always agree with Marc Tucker but he knows a heckuva lot about how other countries organize their education systems; and it turns out that knowledge extends to how their teacher unions have evolved, what roles the unions play, and how their bargaining processes work. The differences set forth in his exceptionally interesting new […]
State policy trumps collective bargaining
Using money to win friends and influence policy