IPR News

StateImpact Indiana: Teachers Unions

by Elle Moxley

September 20, 2012

Indiana’s teachers unions continue to debate many of the same education policies — such as new teacher evaluations — that caused their Chicago union counterparts to walk off the job this month.  However, while the issues in the debate are similar, the context is different.  In Chicago, the debate can take place at a bargaining table.  But in Indiana, the General Assembly voted in 2011 to curb unions’ power to negotiate contracts.  As StateImpact Indiana’s Elle Moxley reports, that means if teachers unions can’t win as many victories at the bargaining table — they want to win them at the ballot box.