Teacher bloggers throughout the United States today are writing about “Why Teachers Like Me Support Unions.” You can see links to all their posts at EduSolidarity (click on “posts” at the top of the page).
I’m feeling a little under the weather today, and am not up for writing a lengthy post (and wasn’t organized enough to write this earlier). I’ve previously shared a number of reasons at The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important.
Two specific ways I’d like to highlight about how my union has helped my students and me are through two projects. One is through the Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA), a union-initiated efforts that has resulted in inner-city schools like ours receiving millions of additional dollars each year for reduced class size, technology-enhancement, and more counselors. You can read more about it at “Teachers’ Union Leading School Reform? Impossible!”
The second is through the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project, a joint effort of a community group, our teachers union, and our school district. This project, with strong union leadership, has provided the needed training and financial support for schools throughout the country to make thousands of visits to parents homes to develop relationships and help families and students achieve their goals.
These two reasons are just drops in the bucket. Read what other teachers have to say at EduSolidarity, and read what my Sacramento colleague Alice Mercer writes on her blog today on the same topic.