Union contract in Connecticut may serve as example in school reform

10/18/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

The teachers union in New Haven, Conn., has agreed to a contract that includes stricter measures for evaluating teachers and fewer protections for teachers not making the grade. The agreement was praised by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who said it showed "a willingness to go into areas that used to be seen as untouchable." Many teacher unions nationwide have been resistant to the adoption of such measures, which are part of President Barack Obama's plan to improve student achievement.

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