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Negotiating What Matters Most: Collective Bargaining and Student Achievement

Posted on | August 18, 2007 | Comments Off on Negotiating What Matters Most: Collective Bargaining and Student Achievement

Despite a statutorily narrow scope of bargaining, the scope of topics of union-management discussions has widened over the last 20 years, resulting in the birth of reform, or professional, unionism. But over the last half decade, professional unionism has waned. School management often refuses to see unions as partners, politicians fail to view unions as legitimately speaking for education change, and unions themselves are reluctant to assume added responsibility.
In this article in the American Journal of Education, (2007) we advocate a change in labor law requiring unions and school management to negotiate  over student achievement.   For teachers to have a labor contract that allocates a substantial part of a school’s resources, they should reach agreement on achievement targets.
The full text in pdf form.


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Charles Taylor Kerchner is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Claremont Graduate University. My daily musings appear in the blog. The archives of my EdWeek blog are available via link under the 'On California' head. Some of my photography can be seen by clicking on 'Gallery.' And numerous links to academic work and other research and commentary can be found by clicking on 'Projects.'


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