Teaching Profession Series

The Union Imprint

In this three-part series, Education Week examines ways teachers’ unions from districts and states around the nation work to shape education policy.

Education Boston Contract: A Policy Blueprint
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.
Bess Keller, November 13, 2002
15 min read
Education Unions' Positions Unheeded On ESEA
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.
Julie Blair, November 6, 2002
16 min read
Teaching Profession Governor's Race Tests Power Of Merged Teachers' Union
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.
Jeff Archer, October 30, 2002
4 min read
Teaching Profession Unions Labor to Shape Education Policy
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.
Karen Diegmueller, October 30, 2002
15 min read
Teaching Profession Teachers Seek School Board Overhaul
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.
Jeff Archer, October 30, 2002
15 min read