Education Reform: Chicago Teachers’ Strike Hurts our Kids
Education Reform: By Terry M. Moe, Special to CNN,updated 10:04 AM EDT, Tue September 11, 2012
Education Reform: Thousands of Chicago teachers and their supporters take to the streets on Monday after contract negotiations broke down.
- Chicago teachers are on strike for the first time in 25 years over contract disputes
- Terry Moe: Collective bargaining is about teachers’ jobs, not children’s education
- He says because of union rules, it’s very difficult to get rid of bad teachers
- Moe: Teachers unions have used their political power to weaken education reform
Education Reform: Editor’s note: Terry M. Moe is the William Bennett Munro professor of political science at Stanford University, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a member of the Koret Task Force for K-12 Education. He is the author of “Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools” (Brookings, 2011).
(CNN) — It is easy to see the Chicago teachers strike as an unfortunate incident that will soon pass. This is, after all, their first strike in 25 years. The norm is that the district and the Chicago Teachers Union have regularly negotiated their way to contracts every several years. So it might appear that, almost always, collective bargaining “works.”
But does it? The purpose of the Chicago school system — and of the American school system more generally — is to educate children. The way to assess collective bargaining is not to ask whether it works to bring labor peace. It is to ask whether it promotes the interests of children in a quality education. And the answer to that question is no, it does not. Not even remotely.
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