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A Better Way

19th Sep 2012 posted in Education

A friend just sent me this Washington Post story by Michael Alison Chandler, which I’d missed earlier. It’s useful to compare the tenor of the relationship between labor and management in Montgomery County, MD, to the vibe in Chicago… It’s like two different countries.

With a direct role in high-stakes personnel decisions, budget setting and teacher training, the Montgomery County Education Association is on the leading edge of a wave of teacher unionism that emphasizes collaboration over conflict and makes school reform a top priority….“As a union, we have to be concerned about protecting our profession, not protecting everything that breathes,” says [union boss] Chris Lloyd.