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This report examines the role of organized teachers in educational reform efforts, focusing on three primary issues: (1) the extent to which teacher unions have attained more professional teaching conditions for their members through collective bargaining; (2) the political response of teacher organizations to national, state, and local reform initiatives; and (3) the way in which the interests and activities of teacher organizations are likely to shape successive generations of educational reform, particularly efforts to restructure the teaching profession. The research is based on data from a representative sample of 151 collective bargaining contracts coded for four time periods between 1970 and 1985, and on interviews with more than 600 policymakers and educators in 52 schools, 22 local districts, and 6 states.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation joint report education series. The joint report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1988 to 1993 that included documents published jointly with other organizations, which transmitted major research findings and final research.

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