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Conflicting Missions? : Teachers Unions and Educational Reform - Tom Loveless

Conflicting Missions?

Teachers Unions and Educational Reform

By: Tom Loveless (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st April 2000
ISBN: 9780815753032
Number Of Pages: 328

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Ask people whether teachers unions are good or bad for education and you are likely to receive a wide variety of opinions. A 1998 Gallup Poll asked whether teachers unions helped, hurt, or made no difference in the quality of education in U.S. public schools. Twenty-seven percent responded that unions helped, 26 percent that they hurt, and 37 percent that they made no difference (10 percent of those surveyed said they did not know). Although teachers unions were first organized in the nineteenth century, and collective bargaining has been a fact of life in most communities since the 1960s, the body of literature evaluating the impact of teachers unions on American education is surprisingly small. Conflicting Missions? helps close the knowledge gap by providing a clear, balanced analysis of the role of teachers unions in education reform.The volume emerges from a 1998 conference organized by the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University. The contributors represent a broad array of disciplinary backgrounds and methodological approaches, including some of the unions' harshest critics and most loyal supporters. In examining the relationship of teachers unions and educational reform, the authors approach the subject from several directions. They ask whether unions affect educational productivity, most notably in terms of student achievement. They analyze how teachers unions function as professional organizations concerned with the occupation of teaching, as institutional actors defending interests within a bureaucratic system of education, and as political actors wielding influence on legislation and elections. Reflecting a variety of perspectives and opinions, Conflicting Missions? offers a balanced analysis of a controversial topic. It is a useful starting point for readers who want to discover the complexity of teachers unions and their influenceboth positive and negativeon the national effort to improve America's schools.

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"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)

Introductionp. 1
Reform Bargaining and Its Promise for School Improvementp. 7
Collective Bargaining and Public Schoolsp. 47
Gaining Control of Professional Licensing and Advancementp. 69
Collective Bargaining in Milwaukee Public Schoolsp. 110
The NEA and School Choicep. 150
Teachers Unions in Hard Timesp. 174
Teachers Unions and Educational Research and Developmentp. 211
An International Perspective on Teachers Unionsp. 240
Organizing around Quality: The Frontiers of Teacher Unionismp. 281
Contributorsp. 317
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9780815753032
ISBN-10: 0815753039
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st April 2000
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 31.12 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45

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