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What It Takes to Unite Teachers Unions and Communities of Color: Overcoming years of tensions and divisions, parents and teachers are linking arms to save public schools

Michelle Fine and Michael Fabricant, The Nation, October 13, 2014 In the spring of 2013, a number of national organizations with historic commitments to public education turned their attention to coordinating and scaling up these emergent, scattered movements through the national Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools. The unions were there at the table with community […]

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St. Paul’s teacher talks have been a public affair

Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, February 15, 2014 – The St. Paul district and teachers union negotiating teams have huddled behind closed doors in increasingly tense contract talks. But some of the most important conversations may have played out outside the bargaining room, where the two sides have curried public support and enlisted allies. Long before raising […]

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St. Paul teachers not alone; 144 Minnesota schools still negotiating contracts

Christopher Magan, Pioneer Press, February 14, 2014 – St. Paul Public Schools is not the only Minnesota school district struggling to complete a new contract with its teachers union. Eight months after most contracts expired, 144 of districts, or 44 percent, are still negotiating with their unions, according to Education Minnesota and the state school boards […]

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Confessions of a privatizing corporatist union thug

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, Twin Cities Daily Planet Commentary, May 28, 2013 – I got my start in education policy as a student activist. I testified at school board meetings in my hometown of Rochester, met with state legislators about funding equity, that sort of thing. An interest in education policy stayed with me through my […]

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The Plight of Teachers’ Unions

Arthur Levine, Education Week, May 7, 2013 – In late March, Karen Lewis, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, attacked Mayor Rahm Emanuel for undermining the city’s schools with a plan to close more than 50 underutilized schools. Earlier this year, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York blamed the local teachers’ union for the […]

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