ERIC Number: ED209760
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Logic of Citizen Participation in Public School Labor Relations.
Kerchner, Charles; And Others
The influence of citizens on educational collective bargaining was examined in this study of eight school districts in California and Illinois. Data were collected through interviews with persons active in collective bargaining and observation of bargaining sessions and other meetings. The study revealed that citizens rarely participate directly in collective bargaining but may have strong influence over it through school board recall votes or elections. The authors differentiate between client participation (in which parents act as representatives of their children's rights) and citizen participation (in which parents attempt to alter organizational policy and practice) and discuss causes for movement from the former to the latter. The authors identify three decision-making arenas: legal/political, professional/bureaucratic, and labor relations. They suggest that the criteria that citizens use in deciding whether to participate in a particular arena are permeability of the arena, efficacy of entering that arena, and efficiency of influencing decisions in that arena. The report concludes that since the criteria used by citizens in deciding how and when to participate leads them away from direct participation in collective bargaining, public policy attention ought to be focused on encouraging citizen influence rather than on furthering direct participation. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Collective Bargaining, Community Involvement, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Labor Relations, Parent Influence, Parent Participation
Institute for Responsive Education, 605 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 ($2.75).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.