There are many factors that play into a student’s academic success. One thing that has been linked to student academic success is how well teacher’s unions and the district administration are able to work together. Rutgers University's Saul Rubinstein and John McCarthy conducted a study on how working together improves student achievement. When some people from Illinois begin to talk about school districts and labor unions; the name Patrick Dolan comes to the forefront of these discussions. Mr. Dolan recently passed away and NPR Illinois reflected on his work.