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“Why Teachers Like Me Support Unions”

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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.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

5 Comments

  1. You wrote about two areas the union was Involved in, but not necessarily Needed. What I mean by that is that you are implying that those initiatives would have never happened without the union. I have to ask the question, why do you think that? Initiatives get approved everyday without the Need of the union..

    I’m a member of CSEA, so I’m not saying that unions don’t benefit their members, I’m just suggesting that you shouldn’t equally exchange ‘we Needed our union to make this happen’ with ‘our union was Involved and it happened’. It could have happened the same way without the union.

    • I can say with absolute certainty, and I’m sure all parties involved with both of the projects I mentioned would agree, that neither would have happened without union leadership.

      Larry

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  4. Thanks for sharing this, Larry. It’s nice to have some really concrete examples here.

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