Standing Up To Teachers Unions: New AEI Report on Pres.Obama & Ed. Reform

In a new research paper, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) education expert Michael McShane assesses President Obama's record on education reform, and explains how, in a 'Nixon goes to China' fashion, he has stood up to teachers unions.

With Rahm Emanuel (Mayor of Chicago and President Obama’s former WH chief of staff) engaged in a show down with the striking Chicago Teachers Union, McShane’s new report offers the following timely insights

•    Obama's unique position: President Obama’s unique status as an African American Democrat hailing from a large urban center with a history in community organizing has allowed him to tackle education reform in a way that others before him could not.

•    Throwing down the gauntlet: By promoting reforms involving school choice, teacher performance data, teacher evaluation, and a widening teacher pipeline, President Obama has fundamentally challenged entrenched special interest groups such as teachers unions, which have had a historically outsized influence on education policymaking.

•    Dems v. Unions: New normal of education politics? Obama's education initiatives mark a significant pivot in the Democratic Party's position on education that will have lasting impact on the landscape of education politics.

Michael McShane is a research fellow in education policy studies at AEI and the author of the forthcoming book President Obama and Education Reform: The Personal and the Political (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2012). He is available for interviews and can be reached at michael.mcshane@aei.org or through lauren.aronson@aei.org (202.862.5904).

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  • Michael Q. McShane is a research fellow in education policy studies at AEI. He is the coeditor, with Frederick Hess, of "Common Core Meets Education Reform" (Teachers College Press, 2013). He is also the coauthor of "President Obama and Education Reform: The Personal and the Political" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012). His analyses have been published widely in technical journals and reports including Education Finance and Policy. He has contributed to more popular publications such as Education Next, The Huffington Post, National Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He began his career as an inner-city high school teacher in Montgomery, Alabama.


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