New union study: how strong are they?

This is how Thomas Fordham Institute vice president Mike Petrilli describes Fordham’s new study: “The report uses thirty-seven separate indicators and a massive survey of education “insiders” to determine the relative strength of the teacher unions from coast to coast. Rather than just look at the percentage of teachers who belong to a union-the proxy most analysts have used for union strength for pretty much forever-we also examined measures like the dollars spent on campaign advertising, the degree to which unions have won major policy battles in recent years, and the lock the unions have on a given state capital.”

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