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ERIC Number: ED537887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Negotiating for Change: Modifying Collective Bargaining Agreements for School Turnaround
Weinberg, Rebecca
Mass Insight Education (NJ1)
Dramatically improving student achievement in a school that has been failing for many years requires dramatically different conditions. Only the most effective teachers and leaders should be in the building, and the leadership must have the flexibility to respond strategically to the needs of the students, with regular input from teachers. Although state and district policy influence what occurs in school buildings in states with collective bargaining, the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is the key lever that exerts significant control over day-to-day conditions. Traditional CBAs limit the implementation of turnaround and must be modified to create the conditions necessary for the effort to be successful. With unprecedented resources flowing from USDOE in the form of Race to the Top and School Improvement Grants, states and districts have more incentive than ever to intervene with bold turnaround strategies in chronically underperforming schools. There has never been a time with more targeted funding or political cover for states and districts to challenge the status quo and do what's best for student achievement. To shed light on how states, districts, unions and advocates can help modify their local CBA to support school turnaround, this guide: (1) identifies the contract elements that must be bargained to create the conditions for successful turnaround; (2) suggests strategies for districts and unions to pursue collaborative negotiation; and (3) provides examples of states, districts and unions that have begun this challenging but necessary work to make all schools, for all children, highly effective learning environments. (Contributing authors of this report are: Michael Contompasis, Dalia Hochman, and Meredith Liu. Contains 4 resources, 1 online resource and 70 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York
Authoring Institution: Mass Insight Education
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Race to the Top