ERIC Number: ED311591
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
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The Role of the Superintendent and School Board in Collective Bargaining.
Sharp, William L.
As teacher associations and unions have increased in number and strength, superintendents and education boards have had to devote more time to the process of negotiations. In the winter and spring of 1989, 400 questionnaires were mailed to a random national sample of school superintendents to examine the following areas dealing with negotiations between education boards and teacher organizations: (1) the board's negotiating team composition; (2) the school superintendent's role; (3) the advantages and disadvantages of board member participation in negotiations and the resulting situations; and (4) the relationship between these factors, school district size, and whether teachers have gone on strike. A total of 246 questionnaires were returned representing 46 states. The results, some of which were compared with a 1970 study that asked a few of the same questions, indicate that school district size was significant in whether board members should be on the bargaining team; the superintendent's number of years of experience was important in determining whether he or she was on the negotiating team and whether the teacher association tried to cause conflict between the negotiator and the board; and a relationship existed between strikes and whether the teachers tried to bypass the board's negotiating team. (23 references) (Author/KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 1989).