ERIC Number: ED279061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Three Types of Collective Bargaining Statutes and District Size on the Ability of Boards of Education to Execute Their Legislatively Mandated Duties.
Clear, Delbert K.; Forgy, Ervin L.
The literature on collective bargaining in public education typically argues whether such bargaining is good public policy or bad, sound or unsound, and so forth. No studies to date have measured the actual impact of differing kinds of collective bargaining legislation on local school boards' decisionmaking powers. This study examined whether two factors--(1) public sector collective bargaining enabling legislation (defined as varying permutations of mediation and binding arbitration) and (2) district size--result in differing levels of restriction on board policymaking in collective bargaining agreements. The data source was comprised of adopted 1984 budgets and collective bargaining agreements from a random sample of school districts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois. The results suggest that district size has a greater impact on various economic and policymaking duties of school boards than does external pressure to avoid impasse. As district size increases, so do restrictions on board capability to carry out duties unilaterally. Boards in the state with the most pressure (compulsory binding arbitration) devoted more money to teacher salaries. The impact did not, however, occur in noneconomic, policymaking duties. Nine figures and six tables are included. (IW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois; Michigan; Wisconsin
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).