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Teacher Unions

In Defense of Teachers Unions

Chris Lehmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Chris Lehmann

Unions remind us that those who are recent to the struggle of educating a nation may have some good ideas, but that they must work in concert with the teachers -- not against us.

On Why You Should Support Teachers Unions

Jose Vilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jose Vilson

All teachers are asking for is to sit at a table as part of the diners and not part of the menu.

"Waiting for Superman" Doesn't Have Any Magic Bullets

Franklin Schargel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Franklin Schargel

There isn't any argument that education in America needs to be improved. Politicians on all sides of the spectrum agree. The discussion is not about whether it should happen but how it should happen.

In Education, Basic Demands Are Being Ignored

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

For the last 30 minutes or so, I have been listening to a father talk about his two young children, ages 7 and 10.

Workers' Rights And The Public Good

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Collective bargaining is a vehicle to improve services -- whether in education or other areas -- and it would hurt both workers and those they serve if that important right was lost.

Another Year Without Fred Rogers, When We Need Him the Most

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

2011-02-25-Mr.Rogers.jpgWith some members of Congress intent on eliminating federal funding for public radio and television, a friend sent me this remarkable video.

Are Teachers Unions Really To Blame?

Richard Whitmire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Richard Whitmire

Does achieving aggressive school reform require vilifying the teachers unions? No, answered Education Secretary Arne Duncan earlier this month, urging instead "tough minded collaboration."

In Wisconsin, Scott Walker's Hypocrisy and Michelle Rhee's Lessons

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

Wisconsin's teacher union has gotten a hard slap upside the head, and it has responded. Other teacher groups ought to take notice. The days of trade union dealing are over; teachers have to bargain for more than pay and privileges.

'Just Cause' Gone Wild: A Growing Movement Questioning Tenure and Public Union Representation

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Wendy N. Powell

We see that guarantee of a job forever in education and it begs us to wonder why tenure exists and if it makes sense for the future. Do we understand tenure and is it necessary?

Happy Valentine's Day -- Take This Job and Shove It

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

It's Valentines Day and it appears we need some serious national instruction on wooing.

Teachers As Publicists

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

I'm not asking teachers to change how they practice. I am encouraging them to change how they brag

The State Of The (Teachers) Union

John Merrow | Posted 08.16.2012 | Education
John Merrow

The story is not how much the school has improved; it's how. Union rules were in the way, and so teachers took on their union.

How to Be Taken Seriously as a Reformer (Don't Be an Educator)

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Gregory Michie

If you really want to understand what's going on in them and the direction we need to be headed, don't ask Bill Gates or the Business Roundtable. Ask a teacher.

Rally for Sanity in Education?

Carolyn Foote | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Carolyn Foote

Ultimately when we don't have reasonable dialogue, we do a disservice to our nation's children, because in the end failed understandings lead to failing solutions.

Education Reform and the 2010 Election: Two Lousy Choices

Michael J. O'Neil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michael J. O'Neil

While this is an Arizona election, the candidates are almost caricatures for the two major strains of thinking about what is wrong with American public education.

Marcus Baram

Is Teachers Union Scrubbing Al Shanker's Legacy? | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

This story has been updated The American Federation of Teachers, the second-largest teachers union in the country, claims to respect the legacy of lo...

Waiting for "Waiting for Superman" (VIDEO)

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jack Hidary

A new film -- Waiting for Superman -- will send shockwaves through the political debate on education and will force the issue for the November elections.

Do the Teachers Unions Want to Crush Us or Represent Us? Which Is It?

Mike Piscal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Mike Piscal

A better approach for the L.A. teachers union would be to stop denying teachers their choice and to work collaboratively with those who choose charters.

Who Should Evaluate Teachers? Teachers Should

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

The Los Angeles Unified School District and its unions are considering bringing a robust version of peer review to Los Angeles. They should -- it's a good idea.

Obama Stimulus Money and Teacher Jobs

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

Federal stimulus funds may have saved half a million teacher jobs nationwide and somewhere between 30,000 and 50,000 in California.

Every Day My Heart Gets Broken

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Danziger

What I love about my students' writing is its honesty. What I admire about most of my students is that despite the hurt they've felt, the fear that follows them, they keep showing up.

Jonathan Alter Joins the Teacher-Scapegoating Chorus: I'm Calling BS

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Brown

Obsessive focus on cleaning house and demanding expecting superhuman performance misses a larger point.

Slots for Tots 2009

Tom Cosgrove | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Cosgrove

In America the Internet provides an important platform of dissent for the "little guy."

The Single Best, Most Indispensable Essay on Reforming Education

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Brown

We need to understand what pushes these young people out the door, and we need to provide more substantive intervention to more students sooner.

How A Charter School Turns Union

Alexander Russo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alexander Russo

It seemed at first like the unionization effort at the KIPP school in Brooklyn might happen without too much conflict. By early February, however, reports started coming out about stalled negotiations and alleged intimidation by KIPP administrators.