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The Truth about Unions and Underperforming Teachers

stock teacher in front of classIt’s accepted as fact in some quarters that unions keep bad teachers from being fired—however research by Harvard trained economist Eunice Han is turning this axiom on its head.

Her study, “The Myth of Unions’ Overprotection of Bad Teachers,” found that “districts with strong unionism dismiss more underperforming teachers and have lower teacher attrition than districts with weak unionism.”

Why? Han writes, “School districts have a strong motivation to dismiss low-quality teachers if they must pay the higher salaries that unions demand.”

Han’s study also found that districts with strong unions have lower student dropout rates.

Read an interview with Han here and the full study here.

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