Study: HSTA Strongest Teachers Union in America

Katherine Poythress/Civil Beat

Hawaii is No. 1 in at least one area of education: Strongest teachers union in the nation.

The Fordham Institute, a nonprofit Washington think tank focusing on education policy, released a report Monday that puts the Hawaii State Teachers Association at the top of the chart.

The study ranked the country's teachers unions based on five areas: resources and membership; involvement in politics; scope of bargaining; state policies and perceived influence. Hawaii was first in only one of those categories — involvement in politics — but the weighting formula used by the researchers made it the highest overall.

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