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ERIC Number: ED532632
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Are Charter School Unions Worth the Bargain?
Price, Mitch
Center on Reinventing Public Education
About 12 percent of all charter schools have bargaining agreements. Why do charter schools unionize? What is in these charter school contracts? Can they be considered innovative or models for union reform? And how do they compare to traditional district/union teacher contracts? Center on Reinventing Public Education legal analyst Mitch Price investigated those questions in his study of charter school collective bargaining agreements. Price examined nine charter schools unionized either by management design or by teacher vote. For comparison, he examined traditional district contracts and analyzed data from non-unionized charter schools as well. He found that the new contracts can be crafted in ways that respect the unique missions and priorities of charter schools, provide teachers with basic protections, and maintain organizational flexibility. However, while these new contracts innovate in many ways, they could go much further given the opportunity to create contracts from scratch. Appended are: (1) Collective Bargaining Agreements examined for this Study; and (2) Charter Schools with Collective Bargaining Agreements, by State, 2009-10. (Contains 9 tables, 1 figure and 42 footnotes.) [Foreword by Robin J. Lake.]
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: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Identifiers - Location: California; Hawaii; Texas