Unions

Read more about labor groups that organize teachers and other educators around workplace issues and negotiate contracts with districts
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School Choice & Charters Opinion 'Control Freaks' Are 'Losing Their Grip' on Education
"School choice evangelist" says new laws are a response to unions, bureaucracies, and K-12 ideologues.
Rick Hess, May 16, 2024
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Patrice Madrid, left, leads a Functional Core Program for 3rd through 5th graders as part of a teacher residency program under the guidance of staff teacher Shannon Winthrow, right, at Star Lake Elementary in Kent, Wash., on May 7, 2024.
Patrice Madrid, left, leads a special education classroom for 3rd through 5th graders as part of the Washington Education Association's teacher residency program under the guidance of staff teacher Shannon Withrow, right, at Star Lake Elementary in Kent, Wash., on May 7, 2024.
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Teacher Preparation Teachers' Unions Are Starting Teacher-Prep Programs. Here's What to Know
The Washington Education Association is pioneering a teacher residency for special education. Other unions are noticing.
Madeline Will, May 15, 2024
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Ed-Tech Policy How Teachers' Unions Are Involved in the Fight Against Cellphones in Class
Could cellphone bans be the next big issue at the bargaining table?
Madeline Will, April 24, 2024
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Female teacher reads to multi-cultural elementary school students sitting on floor in class at school
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Reading & Literacy For Now, California Won't Mandate 'Science of Reading.' Here's What Happened
The California Teachers Association was one of the bill's most prominent opponents.
Lauraine Langreo, April 17, 2024
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Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) vice president Betsy Kippers leads a chant during a rally to protest Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill, at the Brown County Courthouse in downtown Green Bay on February 16, 2011.
Betsy Kippers, vice president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, leads a chant during a rally to protest Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, at the Brown County Courthouse in downtown Green Bay on February 16, 2011.
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Law & Courts Wisconsin Teachers Sue to Restore Collective Bargaining Rights
The lawsuit takes fresh aim at a 2011 law that severely restricted bargaining, and has survived several legal challenges since.
Madeline Will, December 1, 2023
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Adult female teacher spends one-on-one time helping a Black female teenage student with her classwork.
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Student Achievement How These Districts Are Using $10,000 to Boost Student Learning
The pilot projects, begun with grants from the National Education Association, aim to curb absenteeism, supply food, and offer tutoring.
Madeline Will, September 25, 2023
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People in privacy booths vote in the midterm election at an early voting polling site at Frank McCourt High School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City on Nov. 1, 2022.
People in privacy booths vote in the midterm election at an early voting polling site at Frank McCourt High School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City on Nov. 1, 2022.
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School & District Management Running for a School Board Seat? This Is the Most Powerful Endorsement You Can Get
New research shows that this endorsement in school board races is more influential than any other, with virtually no downside.
Caitlynn Peetz, September 22, 2023
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Republican presidential candidates, from left, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum stand on stage before a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by FOX News Channel on Aug. 23, 2023, in Milwaukee.
Republican presidential candidates, from left, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum stand on stage before a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by FOX News Channel on Aug. 23, 2023, in Milwaukee.
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Federal WATCH: 5 Key Takeaways on Education From the 1st GOP Presidential Debate
Among the highlights: take on the teachers' unions, scrap the Education Department, and boost reading.
Libby Stanford, August 24, 2023
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Republican presidential candidates, from left, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum stand at their podiums during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by FOX News Channel on Aug. 23, 2023, in Milwaukee.
Republican presidential candidates, from left, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum stand at their podiums during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by FOX News Channel on Aug. 23, 2023, in Milwaukee.
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Federal Broad Calls to Ax Education Department and Take On Teachers' Unions at 1st GOP Debate
Republican presidential candidates also used the first primary election debate to call for expanded school choice.
Libby Stanford, August 24, 2023
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American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten gives an address during the AFT Together Educating America’s Children conference, in Washington, D.C., on Friday, July 21, 2023.
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten speaks during the union's Together Educating America’s Children conference, in Washington on Friday, July 21, 2023. The nation's second largest teachers' union held the conference, attempting to propose solutions in response to criticism the union and its leaders have sustained from conservative politicians and activists.
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Teaching Profession AFT Head Wants to Show She's Focused on Solutions to K-12's Challenges
Randi Weingarten attacked conservatives in a speech while responding to criticism by saying teachers are responsible for finding solutions.
Libby Stanford, July 21, 2023
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Students hang their backpacks before the start of the first day of school at Morris Jeff Community School in New Orleans, La., on Aug. 5, 2019.
Students hang their backpacks before the start of the first day of school at Morris Jeff Community School in New Orleans, La., on Aug. 5, 2019.
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School & District Management Q&A Teachers’ Unions Want Every School to Be a Community School. Here’s Why
The president of the Los Angeles teachers' union on why teachers like community schools—and why some administrators don't.
Madeline Will, July 11, 2023
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National Education Association President Becky Pringle presides over the union’s representative assembly in Orlando, Fla., on July 3, 2023.
National Education Association President Becky Pringle presides over the union’s representative assembly in Orlando, Fla., on July 3, 2023.
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Teaching Profession Here's How the Nation's Largest Teachers' Union Is Spending Its Money
Membership is down but the National Education Association's budget is steady, and the union has outlined spending for the coming year.
Madeline Will, July 10, 2023
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National Education Association President Becky Pringle speaks to the union’s representative assembly on July 4, 2023.
National Education Association President Becky Pringle speaks to the union’s representative assembly on July 4, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.
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Teaching Profession Q&A NEA President Sympathizes With Teachers Who Want to Quit. Here's Her Advice
Becky Pringle talks about the volatile political climate teachers are in.
Madeline Will, July 7, 2023
8 min read
A crowd gathers at the outside of the Indiana House chamber as the House Education Committee discuss House Bill 1608 at the Statehouse, Monday, Feb. 20, 2023, in Indianapolis. Indiana House Republicans advanced a bill Thursday, Feb. 23, that would require public school teachers to tell parents about students' social transitions and pronoun changes — a bill some worry will erode student-teacher trust and force children to come out to their parents before they are ready.
A crowd gathers at the outside of the Indiana House chamber on Feb. 20, 2023, as its education committee took up a bill to require teachers to disclose students' social transitions. The National Education Association recently approved new funding to counter such measures and provide guidance to its affiliates.
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Teaching Profession 'We Say Gay': Largest Teachers' Union Pledges to Fight Anti-LGBTQ+ Policies
The National Education Association will spend more than $500,000 countering new legislation and developing resources for its members.
Madeline Will, July 6, 2023
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