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National Education Association President Lily Eskelson Garcìa poses at the teachers' union's Washington headquarters. Her visit to two recently unionized charter schools in California highlighted charter-organizing efforts in that state.
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Calif. Teachers' Union Sets Sights on Charters

Unions haven't made much headway organizing teachers in charter schools, but in California and some other states, they are gaining ground. (September 5, 2014)

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At their recent conventions, the teachers' unions showed remarkable alignment on key issues, from testing and accountability to common-core implementation and forceful rebukes of Secretary Duncan.
July 25, 2014 - Education Week
Despite opposition from a new mayor and the community, the state-appointed schools chief for the New Jersey district has agreed to stick around for three more years.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court stopped short of reversing a key precedent allowing public-worker unions to charge "agency fees" to nonmembers.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
The justices dealt with several cases of interest to educators, including disputes involving race in college admissions, prayers at government meetings, and more.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
The decision by a California judge declaring unconstitutional key aspects of teacher tenure and due-process protections has made waves, but the implications in that state and beyond remain unclear.
July 7, 2014 - Education Week
The ruling, which the state's teachers' unions have vowed to appeal, finds that California laws governing teacher tenure and dismissal violate the constitutional rights of students.
June 11, 2014 - Education Week
The national teachers' union is imploring local affiliates to better engage current and potential members, and has launched a Center for Organizing to provide tools and training.
June 3, 2014 - Education Week
The plan would increase teacher salaries by 18 percent over nine years, slim the district's teacher-evaluation criteria, and pave the way for a teacher career ladder.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
In return for abolishing tenure, lawmakers are making districts offer raises to a quarter of their teachers, a quota administrators' and teachers' associations are protesting.
April 22, 2014 - Education Week
Researchers are examining whether language in teacher contracts could be contributing to the teacher-quality gap between schools with large and small concentrations of minority students.
April 15, 2014 - Education Week

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