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New York Times Op-Ed: What de Blasio Must Demand of the Teachers Union

New York Times // December 1, 2013


New York City’s Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will have to forge new labor agreements with the City’s unions, including the United Federation of Teachers.

The New York Times editorial states that de Blasio will have to address key issues with the teachers union in order to improve the city’s schools, which include flexible school schedules and seniority:

He will need to press the union to loosen work rules that stifle innovation and favor senior teachers over younger ones who may in fact be more talented. The union must also let go of the unspoken presumption that every teacher is entitled to a job for life.

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