Union membership has dipped below 50 percent for U.S. teachers, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That includes public and private K-12 teachers.
Union membership hit 57.5 percent in 1983, but began falling in 1995, reports Education Intelligence Agency. While America’s schools added almost a million and a quarter new teachers in the last 18 years, “teachers’ unions added fewer than 345,000 new members, for a rate of 27.8 percent.”
Will the teachers’ unions be able to maintain their influence on education policy?