Leading the Local: Teachers Union Presidents Speak on Change, Challenges

Leading the Local: Teachers Union Presidents Speak on Change, Challenges

Unlike other countries, the United States does not have a national teachers union. Instead, forty-five states permit or require collective bargaining and local representatives, mostly from the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers, negotiate individual contracts with local school boards. To learn about these educators, their priorities as union leaders, and their views on teaching, teacher unionism, and education reform, the Education Sector has released Leading the Local: Teachers Union Presidents Speak on Change, Challenges (40 pages, PDF). Funded by the Joyce Foundation, the study includes interviews with thirty union presidents in California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Ohio.