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The Future of Teacher Leadership Is the Union

Teachers may struggle to solve problems when they don’t work together, but unions can give them the power to create positive change, writes educator Kathleen Melville. (October 25, 2017)

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Joining Forces
This special report 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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Teachers nationwide are rallying together to command the attention of lawmakers around their most basic needs, writes Kentucky special educator Jessica Dueñas.
April 18, 2018 – Education Week
Activists hope to ride momentum from labor activism in states like Arizona and Oklahoma to legislative and even gubernatorial victories that will help break GOP dominance in statehouses.
April 11, 2018 – Education Week
The Oklahoma teacher walkout is not just about teacher pay, explains Erin McHenry-Sober of West Virginia University.
April 3, 2018 – Education Week
Teachers have flocked to social media to organize rallies and work refusals around low pay, with the unions, for the most part, playing a supporting role.
March 29, 2018 – Education Week
In states including Arizona, Kentucky, and Oklahoma, teachers turn up the heat in their quest for pay raises, even threatening electoral consequences if lawmakers fail to come through.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week
The West Virginia teachers strike is over, but the fight for teacher pay rages on, write Lawrence Baines and Jim Machell.
March 21, 2018 – Education Week
A deep split apparent at the oral arguments makes it even more likely that Justice Neil M. Gorsuch will end up being the tie-breaker on whether public employee unions can collect fees from nonmembers.
March 7, 2018 – Education Week
Educators were among the hundreds of demonstrators in Washington for court arguments in a dispute over whether public-employee unions can continue to collect fees from nonmembers.
March 7, 2018 – Education Week
With the Janus case looming before the Supreme Court, teachers' unions are knocking on doors to try to boost membership and mitigate financial loss.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week
Teachers and other public-worker unions have long fought "right-to-work" advocates over collecting fees from nonmembers, spawning a string of legal precedents.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week

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