Debate is focused on a pay-for-performance program but benefit costs loom in the background.
Every California teacher could see an immediate pay boost of $10,250 per year, if not for the state’s massive pension debt. Yet the Los Angeles teacher strike deal kicks the can on that crucial issue.
As the teachers strike in Los Angeles drags on, there has been no shortage of media coverage. How fair has it been?
As teachers in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) prepare to go out on strike this Thursday, Chad Aldelman calls attention to the district’s big increase in spending on employee benefits. He notes that one reason benefit costs are so high in LAUSD is that the district has offered generous health care benefits to retired teachers.
From 2001 to 2016, the Los Angeles Unified School District increased overall spending by 55.5 percent, but employee benefit costs soared 138 percent.
A veteran teacher reflects on the Oklahoma strike
Will unions shift their focus to the statehouse?
Forum: After the Teacher Walkouts
Forum: After the Teacher Walkouts
There’s a win-win solution to teacher compensation. But it requires a willingness to rethink how teachers are paid and how school dollars are spent.
In Oklahoma, teachers walked out for nine days this April to demand better pay and more spending on schools. Eleanor Goetzinger, a special ed teacher and behavior specialist in the Oklahoma City Public Schools, talks with Marty West about what the strike meant for her, for her students, and for schools in Oklahoma.
Will teachers’ post-retirement benefits break the bank?
Tens of thousands of teachers in six states walked out of their schools, attracting media attention across the country.
Nat Malkus is a resident scholar in education policy at AEI.
On the last day of its 2017-2018 term, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Janus vs. AFSCME that public employee unions can no longer collect agency fees from non-members. Clint Bolick, an associate justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss why the U.S. Supreme Court felt it was necessary to overrule a decision from the 1970s allowing agency fees.
Only 25% of the public favor collecting union dues from non-members.
NPR’s Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner consider what the Janus ruling will mean for teachers uions in an article that draws on research by Bradley D. Marianno and Katharine O. Strunk that was published recently in Education Next.
When it comes to agency fees, the nays have it by a clear majority. No less than 56% of the general public and 54% of public school teachers are opposed.
EdStat: Following the Janus Supreme Court Decision, Unions in 22 States Can No Longer Collect Agency Fees
Six states had already passed right-to-work legislation removing unions’ rights to assess agency fees.
Reflections on the Janus v. AFSCME ruling, from the plaintiff in a similar case
EdStat: In the Five Years After Right-to-Work Reform, Union-Dues Revenue per Teacher Decreased by $316 in Wisconsin
These figures suggest that, in right-to-work states, teachers unions lost power not only in numbers, but also in terms of dollar resources.
EdStat: In the Five Years Following Right-to-Work Reform in Wisconsin, the National Education Association (NEA) Affiliate Lost Approximately 52 Percent of its Members
During the same period of time, trends in agency-shop states remained stable.
EdStat: The National Education Association is Currently Estimating Membership Losses at 300,000 Nationwide
Membership losses will result in a steep decline in revenue.
An upcoming Supreme Court decision might end the controversial practice of allowing public-sector unions to collect agency fees.
A new era of teachers union activism