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ERIC Number: ED512674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Analysis of Seattle's New Teacher Contract
National Council on Teacher Quality
The Seattle-based Alliance for Education recently asked the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) to review the newly negotiated collective bargaining agreement for teachers in Seattle. This analysis comes one year after NCTQ released a study looking at the human capital policies in the city's schools, focusing largely on ways to improve teacher work rules. What NCTQ has seen in the year since is promising. In fact, the new contract makes a number of significant improvements, which is especially noteworthy given the constraints of state laws and regulations. Together with the Seattle Education Association, the school district negotiated a labor agreement that gives district schools, particularly the lowest performing, more autonomy over building their staffs and prioritizes the role of student learning in evaluating teachers. Other improvements, such as added planning time for collaborating with other teachers, also represent strong progress. This analysis focuses on the two most significant improvements in the labor agreement: (1) Improving teacher evaluations and, therefore, holding teachers accountable for their performance; and (2) Giving principals the authority to select their staffs. (Contains 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Teacher Quality
Identifiers - Location: Washington