For years, Ted Kolderie has been talking about teacher ownership. After writing the nation’s first charter law in MN in 1991, Ted helped teacher in Henderson set up a coop and apply for a charter. Ted thinks educations should have a variety of professional options like doctors, lawyers, and accountants.
Today a former governor posed an interesting question, “If half the high school kids will be taking online courses in the next decade, what will it mean for unions?” Being familiar with rural challenges, he suggested that a teacher lead effort could be part of the solution and that it would help unions adopt a new employment bargain.
Many physician belonged to a Preferred Provider Organization which negotiates with a payor. Couldn’t teachers form a PPO (or a Preferred Teacher Organization) that signed a contract with a region, state or educational service district? Think of a STEM PTO affiliated with SREB that sold/supported upper division science and math courses across the south delivered in a combination online and onsite support. Maybe this would be a way for great teachers to earn what they really deserve.