Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bypassing the Teachers Unions

Here in California one can only dream:
Utah's Ogden School District is a small district just north of Salt Lake City. A charming community with less than 1,000 teachers, Ogden is making news for its school board's decision to bypass local union negotiations in favor of sending individual contracts to teachers for the upcoming school year. While the move has obviously infuriated the local union, the move has been described as not only a trend in teacher negotiations, but the future of how policymakers and school districts will communicate with teachers, especially in areas with hostile and uncompromising unions.
In theory, I support unions--when membership is voluntary. When it's compulsory, or paying money to the union is compulsory, I abhor unions.

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