Deepening union engagement
Educators for Excellence supports the rights of educators to freely associate, organize, and collectively bargain, while also championing innovative changes that support teachers and their students. With more than 80 percent of E4E members belonging to their union and many serving as elected union leaders, we support union efforts that will foster an equitable and excellent education system that provides all students the opportunity to succeed and elevates the teaching profession.
Unions are powerful levers for change, and so we encourage our members to become more engaged within their unions. In many cities, fewer than 20 percent of teachers vote in their union elections, yet more than 43 percent of teachers want their unions to increase their focus on improving teacher quality and student achievement. We encourage teachers to participate in their unions by going to meetings, voting, and running for leadership positions to ensure that their voices are represented.
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‘All Eyes Are on New York’: Can It Pull Off Hybrid Learning in Schools?
Friday, September 25, 2020
Read the entire article by Eliza Shapiro on the New York Times. Over the summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration settled on what seemed like a logical solution to the puzzle of reopening...
Educators for Excellence-Minnesota Reacts to Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Election Results
Friday, May 15, 2020
May 15 (St. Paul) — Educators for Excellence-Minnesota (E4E-Minnesota), a teacher-led organization, congratulates Greta Callahan in her successful bid for president of the Minneapolis Federation of...
Teachers' Unions and Districts Hammer Out New Expectations for Remote Teaching
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Read the entire article by Stephen Sawchuk on Education Week. Teacher contracts are beginning to catch up with the realities of the coronavirus pandemic. And as it has done with so many other aspects...
Educators for Excellence-Minnesota Reacts to Tentative Agreement between St. Paul Federation of Educators and SPPS
Monday, March 16, 2020
March 16 (St. Paul) — Educators for Excellence-Minnesota (E4E-Minnesota), a teacher-led organization with more than 850 St. Paul Federation of Educators (SPFE) union members, reacts to the...
The Bulletin Board: Unions After Janus
Thursday, February 13, 2020
National, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New York
Educators for Excellence-Chicago Reacts to CTU-District Tentative Contract Agreement
Thursday, October 31, 2019
October 31 (Chicago) – Educators for Excellence-Chicago (E4E-Chicago), a teacher-led organization, reacted to the tentative contract agreement between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago...
For CPS, finite resources mean tough choices
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Read the entire op-ed by E4E-Chicago member Shayna Boyd on Crain’s Chicago Business. I remember what it was like teaching in Chicago Public Schools in 2016, when the district was broke and took...
Members of E4E-Chicago React to Strike
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
October 16 (Chicago) – As more than 30,000 teachers and school support staff begin their strike tomorrow, their reasons vary. Members of Educators for Excellence-Chicago (E4E-Chicago), who are...
Memo to Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot & the Education Transition Committee
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
TO: Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot & the Education Transition Committee FROM: Educators for Excellence-Chicago Initiative: Work hand-in-hand with educators to shape and implement policies that set...
Chalk Talk: Tianitha Alston
Monday, April 1, 2019
Had second-grade teacher Tianitha Alston never taught in a school with a strong union leader, she might never have realized the tremendous and powerful role unions can play in our education system....
Educators for Excellence-Los Angeles Celebrates the Settlement Agreement between United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
January 22 (Los Angeles) — Educators for Excellence–Los Angeles (E4E-Los Angeles), a teacher-led organization, celebrated this morning’s announcement that the United Teachers of Los Angeles...
Teachers Talk Back: Syeita Rhey
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
” Syeita Rhey is a fourth grade teacher at Burr School in Hartford, Connecticut. In this conversation with E4E-Connecticut Outreach Director John Tucker, Syeita discusses teaching in the same...
Educators 4 Excellence-Minnesota members call on union and district leaders to keep Minneapolis and St. Paul contract negotiations open to public
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
” Closing Contract Negotiations During Mediation Denies Teachers and Public Meaningful Transparency into How Their Schools are Run October 1, 2013 (Minneapolis, MN)‚ÄîAs contract talks...
Under siege‚ and in bid to stay relevant‚Äîteacher unions evolve
Sunday, June 9, 2013
” Original article appeared in The Hechinger Report by Sarah Butrymowicz HONOLULU ‚Äî The Hawaii State Teachers Association‚Äôs weekly briefing meeting had turned into a battle-planning...