ERIC Number: ED446396
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The New York City Teachers' Union Contract: Shackling Principals' Leadership. Civic Report Number 6.
Recent studies suggest unionization constrains administrators, impedes reform, and makes achieving accountability difficult. Interviews with 11 principals and analysis of the collective bargaining agreement between the New York City Board of Education and the United Federation of Teachers indicates rigid work rules prevent the flexibility and autonomy schools require to meet educational missions. The contract complicates transfer decisions by favoring veteran teachers, a problem not addressed in recently negotiated School-Based Options plans. Few teachers are disciplined because tenure provisions impede termination, and protocols discourage and delay disciplinary actions. The contract places teacher seniority ahead of administrator judgment in assignments and relieves teachers of noninstructional obligations. Rigid rules governing work hours and conditions undermine teamwork by not requiring teacher meetings with students and administrators, limiting class size, and specifying preparation periods. The most recent contract extends union power and perpetuates divided authority and unclear lines of responsibility, stalemating reform. Recent school leadership teams reflect these unfortunate trends and further undermine principal authority. (TEJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manhattan Inst., New York, NY. Center for Civic Innovation.