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Welcome to the Profit of Education website. Continuing the conversation begun in the book Profit of Education, we discuss the latest economic evidence on education reform.

Unions and incentive pay

Teacher unions come under a lot of criticism for resisting all reforms. Some of the criticism is warranted, but much isn’t. To say something objective about unions, I’ve taken data from the most recent School and Staffing Survey measuring the … Continue reading

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Strong unions and education

Lots of reformers “know” that teacher unions are the obstacle to fixing our educational woes. Facts please? Here’s a picture of the relation between teacher union strength in a state and educational outcomes as measured by 8th grade math test … Continue reading

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Two unions on reform

The AFT and the NEA have come a long way toward supporting meaningful reform of the teaching profession. But it sure looks to me like the AFT has come a lot further. AFT: Any valid approach to evaluation necessarily will … Continue reading

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  1. Contractor Reviews says:

    I would agree AFT is addressing the issue better than NEA. I find that some of the best teachers that really connect and influence students have less success with peers and administration because their true passion is with the students. Test scores based on improvement as well classroom observations will provide a much more well rounded evaluation.

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IMPACT Design

D.C. has just finished up the second year of IMPACT, the school district’s teacher evaluation system. IMPACT has some very nice design features. One feature deserving emphasis is that the system was jointly agreed to by the district and the … Continue reading

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Unions as occasional political cover

Today’s example of union-as-commitment-device touches on realpolitik and an uncomfortable but familiar situation. I offer an apocryphal story about students, parents, unions, and tenure. Johnnie Flakey, Jr. is a moderately bright tenth grade student with what we might call a … Continue reading

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Unions as valued voice

Today I’ll continue Monday’s discussion with another example of why management might happily cede an element of authority to the union. Union and management mostly have different goals. After all, the biggest single issue is how to divide the economic … Continue reading

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Commitment, unions, and cowpokes

Since union-bashing is “in” these days, it seems time for a few posts on the hidden benefits of unions in a school setting. This week I’ll talk about three economic examples of how smart school districts can take advantage of … Continue reading

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