Reform and the Teachers’ Unions

This blog post originally appeared on the Education Innovating blog run by Education Evolving from 2010 to 2011. It has now been merged into our main blog.

This blog post from the New York Times comments on two tasks that are captivating state legislators and education officials: assessing teachers and speeding up disciplinary processes.

Teachers are resisting. “If the unions want to have input, they need to quickly come up with a legitimate proposal of their own.”

Perhaps the root of the resistance of unions is a wariness to be subjected to accountability when they have limited control in classrooms. In this blog post in July, we described a visit two advisors from teacher-run schools had with Secretary Duncan about running schools themselves.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things is that they are willing to accept complete accountability—for complete control.