Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America's Public Schools
Hot off the Brookings Institution press is Terry Moe's magnum opus on teacher unions. Magnum, indeed (at 500-plus pages), it's deeply informative, profoundly insightful, fundamentally depressing, and yet ultimately somewhat hopeful about an educational future that unions won't be able to block—though they'll try hard—due to the combined forces of technology and changing politics. Insights along the way—and there are many—include the gaps between teachers and their union leaders, the false promise of “reform unionism,” the strength of union influence even where there's no collective bargaining, the many faces of Randi Weingarten, and the mixed bag that is Race to the Top. This is a book you'll want for your shelf and, one hopes, a book you’ll actually read and savor and learn from.
Terry M. Moe, “Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools,” (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institute Press, March 2011).
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