The Union Imprint

In this three-part series, Education Week examined ways teachers' unions from districts and states around the nation work to shape education policy. (October-November, 2002)

The story of how the Boston teachers' contract was crafted and debated in 2000 illustrates one set of dynamics involved in modifying a teachers' contract and how the changes are playing out now that the battle is over. Last of three parts.
November 13, 2002 – Education Week

The unions, though an important force when it comes to shaping education policy, can point to only a handful of wins and many more losses on what may be the most significant piece of federal precollegiate legislation to come along in decades. Part two of a three-part series.
November 6, 2002 – Education Week

Many groups leave their mark on education policy, but it's hard to think of any that tries harder to shape education policy than the teachers' unions.
October 30, 2002 – Education Week

The teachers begin arriving at union headquarters around 4:30 p.m. They grab a plate of Mexican food delivered by a local restaurant, pick up a binder of scripts, and settle in at 37 phones spread out on folding tables. Carolyn Vega, the phone-bank "captain" for the evening, offers a few tips on tactfulness before they get started.
October 30, 2002 – Education Week

A new major player is making its presence known in Florida gubernatorial politics: a 122,000-member teachers' union that, by most accounts, has turned a long-shot candidate into a serious contender for the state's top job.
October 30, 2002 – Education Week

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