Florida’s teacher unions are among the weakest in the nation, ranking 49th of 50 states in power and influence, according to a national report released this morning. The Fordham Institute and Education Reform Now evaluated unions on 37 criteria across five areas: resources and membership; involvement in politics; scope of bargaining; state policies; and perceived influence. It must be noted the states determined to have the strongest unions tend to be more blue/liberal/Democratic while the states with the weakest unions are more likely red/conservative/Republican. Hawaii’s unions came in at No. 1, followed by those in Oregon, Montana, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.