Florida teachers unions No. 49 in strength

Florida’s teacher unions are among the weakest in the nation, ranking 49th of 50 states in power and influence, according to a national report released this morning. The Fordham Institute and Education Reform Now evaluated unions on 37 criteria across five areas: resources and membership; involvement in politics; scope of bargaining; state policies; and perceived influence. It must be noted the states determined to have the strongest unions tend to be more blue/liberal/Democratic while the states with the weakest unions are more likely red/conservative/Republican. Hawaii’s unions came in at No. 1, followed by those in Oregon, Montana, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

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BY Ron Matus

Ron Matus is director for policy and public affairs at Step Up for Students and a former editor of redefinED. He joined Step Up in February 2012 after 20 years in journalism, including eight years as an education reporter with the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times). Ron can be reached at rmatus@stepupforstudents.org or (727) 451-9830. Follow him on Twitter @RonMatus1 and on facebook at facebook.com/redefinedonline.