ERIC Number: EJ1061928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Reference Count: 31
The Role of the Superintendent and School Board in Collective Bargaining: 1989-2010
Sharp, William L.
Educational Research Quarterly, v35 n4 p32-56 Jun 2012
School superintendents have many roles, and being responsible for collective bargaining is one of those roles in states where collective bargaining is mandatory. This role has changed over the years, and it varies from school district to school district. As teacher associations and unions have increased in number and strength, superintendents and boards of education have had to devote more time to the process of negotiations. The researcher and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) conducted a national study in 1989, asking school superintendents their opinions on the topic of collective bargaining. The topics included in the study are the following: (1) The role of the superintendent; (2) The composition of the board's bargaining team; (3) The choice of the chief spokesperson for the board; (4) The advantages and disadvantages of having board members negotiate; and (5) The frequency of teacher strikes. This study, with a few questions added regarding "win-win" bargaining, was repeated in 1999. The 1999 study was repeated again in 2010 to see it there were any major shifts in the responses over the years. 87.0% of superintendents stated that they would recommend win-win bargaining, with 13.0% not recommending win-win bargaining over traditional bargaining.
Descriptors: Superintendents, Collective Bargaining, Administrator Attitudes, Strikes, Administrator Role, School Districts, Teacher Associations, Unions, Boards of Education, Professional Associations, Questionnaires, Educational History
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