Engaged Families and Communities

New Report: How Labor-Management Collaboration Is Transforming Public Schools

new report out today highlights how strong labor-management partnerships between teachers’ unions and administrators are transforming schools in communities from coast to coast. The report, from American Rights at Work Education Fund, presents nine case studies demonstrating how “collective bargaining has provided a path for teachers and administrators to work together to find solutions and create opportunities” for their students.

At a time when some governors are trying to strip educators and workers of their collective bargaining rights, unions like the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers have stood strong in their knowledge that collective bargaining can be an asset in helping achieve education reform. “Partnerships between schools, school districts and educators may be surprising to many people exposed to a steady diet of attacks on unions,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “But across the country, in community after community, collective bargaining and other forms of consensus and collaboration are transforming public education.”

NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign has featured several of the success stories included in the “Partnerships in Education: How Labor-Management Collaboration Is Transforming Public Schools” report:

  • In Evansville Indiana, union members and management jointly redeveloped Delaware Elementary School into an equity school, where teachers and the administration maintain consistent communication with parents.
  • At John Muir Elementary in Merced, California, the administration and the union refocused reform efforts based on a strategy of “meeting students where they’re at.” The school has created targeted professional development programs, reduced class sizes, and provided intervention assistance for kids who are struggling.
  • In Columbus, Ohio, the discussion surrounding Linden McKinley STEM Academy’s ability to close the achievement gaps was community-wide, involving more than 300 parents, business leaders, teachers, administrators, and faith and political leaders in community meetings.
  • At Putnam City West High School in Oklahoma, an energetic partnership between educators and community members has helped close achievement gaps.

Learn more about the report and download it at the American Rights at Work website.


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