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Conflicting Missions?: Teachers Unions and Educational Reform Hardcover – April 1, 2000
"For the reader interested in the intersections, possibilities, and future for teachers unions and school reform, 'Conflicting Missions? Teachers Unions and Educational Reform' offers insightful analysis of the conflicts and proposals for unions and educational reform." Harvard Educational Review, 4/1/2001
"The authors provide a balanced view and avoid portraying unions as the answer to or the cause of problems in public education." Princeton University, 1/1/2001
"This book rewarded me with a wealth of knowledge on the current state of collective bargaining in American education.... This book is worth reading for the wealth of detail on the current status of collective bargaining in public education." Donald E. Frey, Wake Forest University, Economics of Education Review 21 (2002)
About the Author
Tom Loveless is director of the Brown Center on Education Policy and senior fellow in the Governance Studies program at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of the annual Brown Center Reports on American Education.
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There are nine chapters, each written by a different author, or set of authors, which explore different issues.
A couple of chapters address how unions bargain and the affect on public schools. The chapter on collective bargaining in the Milwaukee Public Schools had an interesting point about how teachers really have two sets of pay raises. Contractually teachers get automatic pay raises for their years of service and professional degrees. So a teacher with a Masters degree who has worked five years will get a specific automatic pay raise when starting to work the sixth year. And then every so often the teacher unions will threaten a strike and say the teachers need a pay raise, and then a new contract is generated. The public is only aware of this second set of pay raises.
The other chapters look at a variety of issues. One chapter explores what might result from efforts by the teacher unions to gain control of professional licensing at a national level. Currently professional licensing is handled by state government. The conclusion is there would be no improvement in the quality of teaching. There was a chapter on the NEA and school choice, which said that though much of the NEA is against school choice, there are some people within the NEA which tolerate or even support school choice.Read more ›