ERIC Number: ED414259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Alternative Teacher Organizations. Evolution of Professional Associations. Policy Study No. 231.
Kirkpatrick, David W.
This report gives a brief account of the history and policies of teacher organizations in the United States. It provides profiles of several local, state, and national independent education organizations, notes the services they offer for teachers, and discusses their strengths and weaknesses. The first two sections on the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers examine the background and membership of each group and the sources of member dissent. The next section examines national independent education organizations, which exist to provide alternatives to the two major national unions. The independent organizations discussed are: the National Association of Professional Educators, the Association of American Educators, and other national alternative education organizations (the Coalition of Independent Education Associations, the Christian Educators Association International, the National Association of Catholic School Teachers, and the Association of Educators in Private Practice, and Concerned Educators Against Forced Unionism). The fourth section examines state independent education associations in Texas, Georgia, Missouri, and other states. The fifth section examines local independent education associations in Ohio and Indiana. The report concludes with a discussion of prospects and problems for alternative associations, offering legal, organizational, and procedural strategies for change that would increase their ability to better represent their members and provide teachers with a diverse arena of professional organizations from which to choose. An appendix lists national and state teacher organizations. (SM)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational History, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Associations, Teacher Improvement, Unions
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Reason Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.