Getting the fox out of the schoolhouse: The disproportionate effect of teachers' unions on education policy and how to bring it back into balance



    HALIFAX, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - Provincial governments, parents, the public and
individual teachers have failed to defend the public interest in education.
This is the remarkable conclusion of the latest paper from the Atlantic
Institute for Market Studies (AIMS).
    Getting the fox out of the schoolhouse: How the public can take back
public education (http://www.aims.ca/library/TakeBack.pdf) examines teachers'
unions and their disproportionate impact on education policy in Canada.
    According to the authors "...unions have opposed many attempts to
increase transparency and accountability in Canada's school system." However,
"if unions have received too much at the expense of the public, then the fault
lies with provincial governments, school boards, parents and citizens."
    A significant number of Canadian teachers, parents and taxpayers support
reforms to improve student academic achievement and reward effective teachers
but such reforms are unlikely to be implemented unless the provincial
governments and school boards initiate certain changes and the public supports
them.

    To read the complete release: (www.aims.ca/library/TakeBackRelease.pdf)
    To read the complete paper: (www.aims.ca/library/TakeBack.pdf)




For further information:

For further information: Barbara B. Pike, AIMS Director of
Communications, (902) 429-1143, ext 227, (902) 452-1172

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