Conflicting Missions?
Teachers Unions and Educational Reform


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Conflicting Missions?
Teachers Unions and Educational Reform

Tom Loveless (Editor)



ISBN: 9780815753049


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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.

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 influence --both positive and negative --on the national effort to improve America's schools.


ISBN 815753047
ISBN13 9780815753049
Publisher Brookings Institution
Format Hardback
Publication date 01/04/2000
Pages 328
Weight (grammes) 36
Published in United States
Height (mm) 229
Width (mm) 152