Framing the debate over teacher unions

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The power of teacher unions in the U.S. has waned since the 2010 mid-term elections. The convergence of business conservatism and teacher accountability ideologies has led to an intense targeting of public teacher unions as a problem, both economically and educationally. Using the target audience framework of Schneider and Ingram (1993), I break down the framing used in the present anti-union movement and explore a local example of anti-union legislation in Pennsylvania. The analysis reveals a socially constructed dichotomy in which victimized children are pitted against greedy teachers. To stem this wave of anti-unionism, teacher unions must recognize their position as public contenders and re-articulate their message using child-first rhetoric.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-26
JournalMid-Atlantic Education Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • teacher unions
  • policy rhetoric
  • target audiences


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