ON-Lion Letter
The 405-page October study How Strong Are U.S. Teacher Unions?: A State-by-State Comparison is the most-comprehensive analysis of the strength of American teachers' unions ever conducted, ranking all 50 states and the District of Columbia according to the power and influence of their state-level unions.

To assess union strength for the study, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Education Reform Now examined 37 different variables across five general areas:  1.) resources and membership; 2.) involvement in politics; 3.) scope of bargaining; 4.) state policies; and, 5.) perceived influence.

How Strong Are U.S. Teacher Unions? analyzes factors ranging from union membership and revenue to state bargaining laws to campaign contributions, and includes such measures as the alignment between specific state policies and traditional union interests as well as a unique stakeholder survey.  It sorts the 51 jurisdictions into five tiers, ranking their teachers' unions from strongest to weakest and providing in-depth profiles of each.

The strongest state teachers' union is in Hawaii, it finds.  The weakest is in Arizona.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supported the study, completed by the Fordham Institute's vice president for research Amber M. Winkler, research analyst and production manager Janie Scull, and research manager Dara Zeehandelaar.
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