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The American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia (AFT-WV) passed safe schools legislation in March 2008. To better understand how AFT-WV influenced the creation and eventual passage of safe schools legislation, several researchers conducted a case study examining the event and the circumstances surrounding it. In particular, they were interested in the strategies AFT-WV employed to ensure successful passage of the legislation. They chose a single-case study design to learn about AFT-WV's role in the passage of the legislation. At the national and state levels, they collected archival records and policy documents. To capture divergent perspectives, they conducted open-ended, semi-structured interviews with key informants at the national, state and local levels (e.g., state legislators and national, state and local union representatives) using parallel questions for different groups of participants. All interviews were recorded and transcribed. This report is divided into two main sections. The first section presents the overall key findings that emerged from the study. The second section provides a detailed description of the case study along with additional insights about the organizing and professional role of unions. (Contains 10 endnotes.)

Descriptors: School Safety, Legislators, Interviews, Unions, Case Studies, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Educational Legislation, State Legislation, Teacher Associations, Stakeholders, Politics of Education, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems

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Autor: American Federation of Teachers NJ

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4104&id=ED507122

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