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George Miller III

Teachers unions: an endangered species [Commentary]

Teachers unions: an endangered species [Commentary]

Since at least the 1970s, there has been little for unions to celebrate on Labor Day. The giant teachers unions — the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) — have been an exception, largely retaining their size and influence. But now even teachers unions are an endangered species.

This June a California judge ruled that the tenure and seniority provisions in teachers collective bargaining agreements were unconstitutional. These contractual benefits for teachers, the judge wrote, impose "a real and appreciable impact on students' fundamental right to equality of education and… a disproportionate burden on poor and minority...