Policy Documents

Union Power and the Education of Children

Terry Moe –
August 1, 2008

In this excerpt from Stanford University Press’s Collective Bargaining in Education, Hoover Institution research fellow Terry Moe explains why the power of teachers unions is, in many ways, bad for public education and ultimately disadvantages children. The problems associated with teachers union power are inherent to the unions as organizations, he writes, and cannot be eliminated by suggested “third ways” like reform unionism. True reforms, then, must weaken union power over schools.