Story Lab

Story Lab: Spending by Teachers’ Unions

Teachers’ unions can be powerful forces – in addition to contract negotiations, the unions can have an impact on school board decisions on everything from zoning changes to classroom technology purchases to budget cuts. But in many cases the greatest influence of unions – specifically, where they choose to spend their money – happens behind the scenes.

The Hechinger Report and GothamSchools teamed up to take a closer look at the changing role of teachers’ unions, and what activities are being funded by their members’ dues. The following suggestions come from the project’s editorial team, and EWA Public Editor Emily Richmond.