Bob Peter­son (bob.​e.​peterson@​gmail.​com), a 5th-grade teacher in the Mil­wau­kee Pub­lic Schools, is cur­rent­ly pres­i­dent of the Mil­wau­kee Teach­ers’ Edu­ca­tion Asso­ci­a­tion. With Michael Char­ney, he co-edit­ed Trans­form­ing Teacher Unions: Fight­ing for Bet­ter Schools and Social Jus­tice (Rethink­ing Schools, 1999).
If Teachers Can’t Make Their Unions More Democratic and Social Justice-Minded, Public Ed Is Doomed