Joining Forces

A mantra in recent years has been to blame the teachers’ unions for many of the problems that beset public education. Americans only need look at Wisconsin, where the governor and lawmakers pushed through legislation curtailing the collective bargaining rights of teachers and other public employees. This special report, "Joining Forces," examines the attempts by a small but growing number of districts and unions to work together to enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers and, in turn, improve the achievement of schoolchildren.

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Collective bargaining is being used as a vehicle to drive both teacher and student learning.
November 16, 2011 – Education Week

At the core of the partnership between the district and teachers in New Haven, Conn., are strategies to support teachers and their advancement.
November 16, 2011 – Education Week

The growing practice of incorporating student test scores into teacher evaluations can make or break budding union-district partnerships.
November 16, 2011 – Education Week

New challenges continue to confront district and union leaders as they push forward with their pact to bolster the teaching corps.
November 16, 2011 – Education Week

Many believe state school chiefs, governors, and lawmakers should play a bigger role in bringing unions and districts together.
November 16, 2011 – Education Week

When Tennessee lawmakers set their sights on teachers' unions, Memphis teachers opted to "be at the table" rather than "on the menu."
November 16, 2011 – Education Week

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