[caption id="attachment_71146" align="alignleft" width="225"] "We have seen over the past few months a strong backlash against unions and collective bargaining. ... (But) essentially, improved labor-management relations are in the best interest of every district."[/caption]

Learning Leadership column, Sept. 2011 edition of eSchool News—The principal of P.S. 147 in Cambria Heights, N.Y., offered me a sixth-grade teaching position in September 1968. It was to be my first regular teaching assignment. Several weeks into the school year, Al Shanker, then president of the New York City United Federation of Teachers, called for...

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