November 16, 2011
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.
- School & District Management States Urged to Promote Union-District CooperationMany believe state school chiefs, governors, and lawmakers should play a bigger role in bringing unions and districts together.Professional Development Union-District Collaboration a Never-Ending ProcessNew challenges continue to confront district and union leaders as they push forward with their pact to bolster the teaching corps.