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The latest news about unions in education, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

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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02/15 05:56 pm | Teacher-Evaluation Efforts Haven't Shown Results, Say Bill and Melinda Gates | The Gates Foundation is redirecting its financial backing away from teacher evaluation overhaul efforts to more "locally-driven solutions."

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02/15 01:23 pm | In Florida School Shooting, at Least 3 Educators Were Killed Protecting Students | Some of the 17 victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., were educators who died protecting their students.

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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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Though testing mandates remain under ESSA, those aiming to rein in assessments say the new law's flexibility for states may work to their advantage.
January 20, 2016 – Education Week
Arguments this month will focus on whether to overturn a key precedent allowing unions to charge nonmembers for collective bargaining costs.
January 6, 2016 – Education Week
Backed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, advocates engage in all-out effort to ease restrictions on opening new charters.
October 21, 2015 – Education Week
John B. King Jr., who has been filling the duties of deputy federal education secretary, shares policy priorities with those of outgoing Secretary Arne Duncan.
October 14, 2015 – Education Week
Cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this term may reach into teachers' paychecks, union treasuries, and college admissions offices.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week
Though the main sticking points, wages and work hours, are familiar, policies on teacher evaluation and discipline also remain contested.
September 16, 2015 – Education Week
The conflict between some teachers and the management of Alliance College-Ready Public Schools highlights tensions as charter schools mature.
September 9, 2015 – Education Week
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging unions' practice of compelling nonmembers to pay service fees.
July 1, 2015 – Education Week
The two national teachers' unions put muscle behind passage of the Affordable Care Act, but now support legislation to repeal a tax that stands to affect their members.
May 13, 2015 – Education Week
The proposal hammered out after weeks of negotiation includes policies meant to charm members of both parties as they rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
April 15, 2015 – Education Week

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