Study Ranks Teachers' Union Strength
Hawaii tops the list, while Arizona's is deemed weakest
Whether it's the right to strike, a flush membership, or an attentive legislature, the factors that build the political strength and reputation of a state's teachers' unions are multiple and interwoven, concludes a long-awaited analysis.
Released last week by the Washington-based Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the New York City-based advocacy group Education Reform Now, the report ranks states' unions into five tiers, from strongest to weakest, based on an analysis of 37 criteria in five areas. Hawaii's statewide union— now teetering on the edge of a strike—was deemed the strongest and Arizona's the weakest.
A few of the report's findings seem obvious: Mandatory bargaining laws and fuller coffers appear to help unions strengthen their hands. But for the most part, the study unearths few cut-and-dried...
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