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Picking at Scabs Reveals Damage of Teachers Pacts

At a seminar last weekend for journalists who cover education, Harvard University researcher Linda Kaboolian summed up the difficulties of change in unionized school districts. "A contract," she said, "is the scar tissue of past battles."
At a seminar last weekend for journalists who cover education, Harvard University researcher Linda Kaboolian summed up the difficulties of change in unionized school districts. "A contract," she said, "is the scar tissue of past battles."

Damaging and inflexible? Sounds about right.

The seminar was put on by the Hechinger Institute for Education and the Media, based at Columbia Teachers College, with support from the Broad Foundation. The topic was "Covering the Teacher Unions and their Impact." Some 30 journalists, and about as many presenters, attended nine sessions over three days.

This article, written by Linda Seebach, appeared in the October 15th, 2005 publication of the Rocky Mountain News.

Published Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005

Picking at Scabs Reveals Damage of Teachers Pacts

At a seminar last weekend for journalists who cover education, Harvard University researcher Linda Kaboolian summed up the difficulties of change in unionized school districts. "A contract," she said, "is the scar tissue of past battles."

Damaging and inflexible? Sounds about right.

The seminar was put on by the Hechinger Institute for Education and the Media, based at Columbia Teachers College, with support from the Broad Foundation. The topic was "Covering the Teacher Unions and their Impact." Some 30 journalists, and about as many presenters, attended nine sessions over three days.

This article, written by Linda Seebach, appeared in the October 15th, 2005 publication of the Rocky Mountain News.

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