New Haven Teachers' Union Sets New Course

Kim Torello, left, and Karen Lavorgna, teachers in New Haven, Conn., discuss the contract that was ratified by their union this week. Terms included tough performance evaluations and fewer job protections. teachers unions teachers unions “I rarely say that something is a model or a template for something else, but this is both,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, who helped broker the New Haven deal. Melanie Stengel/RegisteHopeTracker| In a major move by union members in New Haven, Conn, local teachers agreed, in a 21-1 vote, to changes resisted by teachers’ unions elsewhere, including tough performance evaluations and fewer job protections for bad teachers.

“I rarely say that something is a model or a template for something else, but this is both,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, who helped broker the New Haven deal.

“This shows a willingness to go into areas that used to be seen as untouchable,” Mr. Duncan said. via WSJ: Obama Wins a Battle as a Teachers’ Union Shows Flexibility.