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ERIC Number: ED504647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 37
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
Teacher Union Contracts and High School Reform
Price, Mitch
Center on Reinventing Public Education
Are teachers unions and collective bargaining agreements barriers to high school reform and redesign efforts in Washington, California, and Ohio? The short answer: sometimes, but not as often as many educators seem to think. Rather than wade into the pro- versus anti-union debate, this report instead aims to offer guidance for educators, unions, and districts that are interested or engaged in high school reform work. The report offers suggestions and recommendations regarding specific issues raised by interviewees in our previous studies of legal barriers to high school reform and redesign, as well as case studies conducted as part of the School Finance Redesign Project (SFRP). By highlighting examples of flexible provisions in existing collective bargaining agreements (CBAs), the report is designed to be a roadmap for educators and reform advocates looking for more flexibility to implement reform efforts. The report offers an overview of real and perceived barriers to reform, along with an overview of flexible provisions culled from the various CBAs that we examined. The report also includes broader recommendations and suggestions regarding potential changes to local CBAs and related policies, and the behavior of district and union officials. Appended is a list of the collective bargaining agreements examined for this study.
Center on Reinventing Public Education. University of Washington Bothell Box 358200, Seattle, WA 98195. Tel: 206-685-2214; Fax: 206-221-7402; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Washington University, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Identifiers - Location: California; Ohio; Washington