Hechinger Report, GothamSchools Explore Challenges to Teachers’ Unions Influence
Teachers unions are facing new challenges to their influence, even as pressures mount on their members to demonstrate their effectiveness on the job. In a joint project, The Hechinger Report and GothamSchools teamed up to explore the shift sphere of teachers unions, with a special focus on New York City, the nation’s fifth-largest school district. Here’s a roundup of the coverage:
March 4, 2013
In recent years, the United Federation of Teachers’ power has been under threat, both locally and nationally. This kickoff to a multi-part series looks at the challenges faced by the union’s leadership
March 5, 2013
Backed by the dominant party, Michael Mulgrew is likely to be elected to a second term.
March 12, 2013
Retirees make up a large portion of the UFT, which allows retirees to vote in leadership elections. How does their support influence the UFT’s platform?
March 13, 2013
In a detailed breakdown, a teacher’s union dues are shown to be allocated to a wide range of expenditures including loan repayments and political contributions. Over 50% of dues go to national unions and general overhead.
March 18, 2013
Teachers’ unions influenced the outcome of elections but weren’t able to sway all of the races in which they became involved. This story examines where the unions were most effective, and where they fell short.
March 19, 2013
Unions often provide a wide range of services to members other than representation.
March 22, 2013
Teachers unions are not only generous to their members and politicians, they also give to outside groups whose political views and activities mesh with their own.
April 2, 2013
There is a small army of “chapter leaders” who represent the union at each school,. Often, they are many teachers’ only contact with their union.
April 5, 2013
Turning points in UFT’s history, including historic strikes, and an “oft-cited moment of cooperation” in 1975 when the union kept the city from declaring bankruptcy.
April 12, 2013
Michael Mulgrew discusses the biggest challenges facing the union, and what the future holds for the UFT.
June 8, 2013
A dramatic showdown is unfolding in Hawaii, one of the most labor-friendly states in the nation, and demonstrates how radically the nation’s education landscape has changed in recent years.
June 11, 2013
New Haven’s teachers union’s collaborative approach to reform gives a glimpse into the possible future for teachers unions, as other unions search for ways to respond to a national push for greater teacher accountability without ceding too much power.
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