This Executive Summary is of the most extensive study ever conducted of unionism in California schools, titled, Contract For Failure: The Impact of Collective Bargaining on the Quality of California's Schools, by Pamely A. Riley, Rosemarie Fusano, LaRae Munk and Ruben Peterson.
For far too long, the impact of collective bargaining on the quality of public education has gotten a free ride due to the lack of careful and thoughtful analysis.
In Contrct For Failure Pamela Riley, her co-authors and the Pacific Research Institute have done a thorough accounting, and the cost is a heavy one. This is a major contribution to a better understanding of this thorny issue.
It should be must reading for policy makers and academics who are concerned about public education. I can't imagine that a school board member or, for that matter, a teacher union official, would want to enter negotiations without having carefully read this important new work.