Jami Lund is the Freedom Foundation's Senior Policy Analyst. From 2004 to 2011, he developed legislative policy as a research analyst for the Washington House Republican Caucus. Prior to that he worked for the Freedom Foundation as the Project Manager for the Teachers Paycheck Protection project, shepherding the development of the Foundation’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court case to protect teacher rights. Jami is an accomplished speaker and researcher, one of Washington state’s top scholars on education policy and finance.
Collective bargaining and even strikes have been used to grant “rights” to longer-serving teachers to get out of the toughest schools, hurting the neediest students.
Before going into negotiations with the union special interest group, the Issaquah School Board evaluated results of a Parent Teacher Student Association “Community Values Survey.” Knowing the service levels desired by nearly 1,000 parents will help district leaders focus on community interests rather than only hearing about employee interests.
Originally posted January 1, 2010 Click here to download the PDF