ED to unions, districts: Can’t we all just get along?


Conference participants seemed genuinely excited to apply what they’d learned about improving labor-management relations in their own districts. But organizers of the event identified a key challenge: How to take the momentum this conference generated and translate it into a national movement instead of a one-time affair.

Toward that end, several national education groups—including the American Association of School Administrators, National School Boards Association, Council of the Great City Schools, National Education Association, and AFT—pledged to support the idea of better labor-management collaboration in the nation’s schools.

ED officials, meanwhile, said they would create a website that would build online communities of practice around this effort, to give districts that couldn’t participate some models and ideas to follow.

“We’re in this for the long haul,” Duncan said. “This is an extraordinary first step—but it’s only the first step.”

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