Every time you turn around these days it seems that another piece of legislation is introduced by state lawmakers that would seriously affect teachers and their unions.
Colleague Sean Cavanagh has a great round-up item up updating the scene in Wisconsin, Florida, and Indiana, among other places. If you’re really getting into this, read an EdWeek update on collective bargaining, and another story from Sean earlier this year.
Perhaps the most interesting development is happening in Wisconsin, where the state National Education Association affiliate says it’s willing to work with lawmakers to craft new evaluation systems and pay reforms taking teacher effectiveness, and even test scores, into account. (Is this a preemptive strike based on the changing political winds? Is it better to be at the table than on the menu, as the saying goes?)
Most of the union action to change course on things like evaluation has occurred in American Federation of Teachers districts, so clearly, this is an initiative to watch.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.