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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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Wisconsin is on the front lines in the ongoing national battle over the collective bargaining rights of teachers and other public employees.
August 8, 2011 - Education Week
Irving Hamer, the deputy superintendent of the Memphis, Tenn., school system, responds to Joel Klein’s recent essay in The Atlantic.
July 15, 2011 - Education Week
An education activist's blunt tale of wooing the Illinois House speaker and outfoxing teachers unions created a stir Tuesday by violating a cardinal rule of Statehouse power plays—what happens under the dome stays under the dome.
July 13, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
Union leaders sought an early endorsement and revisions to how teachers are evaluated, but there was disagreement among delegates.
July 12, 2011 - Education Week
A dozen states have passed laws this season that revamp such policies as tenure, evaluations, seniority, and collective bargaining.
July 12, 2011 - Education Week
Illinois' recently signed legislation speaks volumes about the state's ability to enact education reform, write John Luczak, Dan Montgomery, Darren Reisberg, and Ken Swanson.
June 17, 2011 - Education Week
Recent moves by Arlene Ackerman and her staff have led many of her critics to a suspect that the schools superintendent is on a mission to defang the unions.
June 13, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers argues that the district is violating the contract by exempting young teachers working in turnaround schools from layoffs.
June 7, 2011 - Education Week
Pittsburgh Public Schools scrapped plans for two teacher training academies on Wednesday, five weeks before they were scheduled to open.
June 2, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
Gov. Bill Haslam disputes assertions by the Tennessee Education Association's president that teachers feel "totally demoralized and disrespected" because of new legislation.
May 26, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune

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