ERIC Number: ED159814
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun-18
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Negotiations: Implications for Citizen Participation in the Schools and the Making of Educational Policy.
Cheng, Charles W.
Citizen groups seeking active participation in school decision-making often discover that collective bargaining limits such efforts. Many important decisions are made behind closed doors during school board-teacher negotiations. In many areas, citizens are effectively excluded from having access to or adequately influencing the collective bargaining process. In response, especially in California, citizen groups are attempting to become informed about and take part in teacher negotiations. For example, a citizen group in Los Angeles monitors the negotiating process. In South Pasadena, the intervention of citizens in collective bargaining may have assisted the parties to reach a settlement. In Berkeley, a committee advises the board during the negotiating process and is permitted to send two members to observe negotiations. In Cupertino, California, an action-research project was undertaken by citizen groups interested in examining and increasing citizen participation in collective bargaining. During a teacher strike, the project committee published helpful fact sheets. Data were collected through interviews with over 30 respondents. As a result of community interest, the school board decided to conduct open negotiations, but most people interviewed felt the negotiations were a failure. Findings of the study were used as a framework for future action. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Canadian School Trustees' Association Congress on Education (1st, Toronto, Ontario, June 17-21, 1978)