Teachers and Parents: Allies or Opposition in the Movement for Education Reform?

Teachers & Parents: Allies or Opposition in Ed Reform

Posted by Choice Media on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

When it comes to education policy, many are led to believe that teachers agree wholeheartedly with their union’s party line. As a result, teachers sometimes feel misjudged and we often miss the opportunity to engage pro-reform teachers in our efforts. Similarly, parents – who have a valuable perspective to add – can sometimes feel left out of important policy conversations on issues like school choice, merit pay, and school spending that directly impact their families and children. In this session, we’ll look at what Education Next’s national survey says about parent and teacher attitudes on a variety of education issues and hear directly from teachers and parents about how we can better engage them in our work.

Speakers: Tillie Elvrum, PublicSchoolOptions.org; Rebecca Friedrichs, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association; Nithya Joseph, National Council on Teacher Quality; Jackie Kerstetter, Education Next; Terry Stoops, John Locke Foundation

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