NEW HAVEN, Conn. — In the spring of 2011, David Cicarella, the teachers union president here, sat down with a tenured teacher for a difficult discussion. After a warning from his principal the previous November, as well as months of extra support, the teacher had failed to show improvement. The teacher could try to put […]
State of the Union
For decades, teachers unions have used their political power to exert enormous control over the country’s education system. But now, under attack from the left and the right, the unions face the prospect of weakening strength. The Hechinger Report is investigating where the unions stand now and what their future holds.