Do teachers unions represent the best interests of our students or the teachers? Addressing the issues these unions create is critical in fixing our dysfunctional public education system.
The public education system is broken. Teachers make their voices heard through unions. However, teachers unions have a main purpose. They naturally look out for the job interests of their members, teachers. Those interests are sometimes in conflict with the interests of students, and because of the political clout of the unions, the student often lose out. Unions use collective bargaining to prevent accountability, and use lobbying and campaign contributions to shape policy, sometimes blocking needed reform.