collective bargaining

Shifting the power balance

Changing laws weaken unions and give districts more control

Teachers union blasts proposed guidelines for school closures

The Chicago Teachers Union blasted proposed guidelines for closing schools that now include shuttering buildings in poor condition, accusing Chicago Public Schools of looking for loopholes in its commitment not to close schools for five years.

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Miami-Dade School Board to Vote on Raises, Immigration Study

School Board members may approve pay raises for hundreds of employees today, including some of the district’s senior-most administrators.

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Medford, OR District Employees Want a Fair Contract

Starting Tuesday, the Medford School District and the classified employees represented by the Oregon School Employees Association will enter mediation with a neutral third party in the hopes of resolving stalemated contract negotiations.

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If Newark Teachers Ratify Pact, District Will Become a Model for Others

When Newark teachers vote whether to ratify or reject a contract offering them bonuses based on classroom performance for the first time, school officials across the state will be watching.

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Chicago Board of Education Okays Teacher Contract

The Chicago Board of Education has approved a three-year contract negotiated with the Chicago Teachers Union after a strike.

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A Look at the 2012 Chicago Teachers’ Strike

Contract Approved, Chicago TU Preps for Closings, Budget Battles

Chicago Teachers Union members voted overwhelmingly this week to approve a three-year contract, with the option of a fourth year, that was hammered out amid a historic seven-day CTU strike. Now comes the challenge of paying for the deal, which has so far largely played out as a battle between the union and district on school closings.

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Chicago School Strike Over, Many Other Challenges Await Emanuel

As Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual pushes ahead on his promise to reform the city’s underperforming classrooms, he faces several daunting tasks: slashing an estimated $1 billion budget deficit, confronting a woefully underfunded employee pension system and finding money for the pay raises that settled the first teacher walkout in a generation. He hasn’t ruled out school closings and tax increases, both of which would be hugely unpopular.

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Michelle Rhee, Education Activists Targeting U.S. Schools, Backed By Big Bucks

During her tumultuous three years at the head of the Washington D.C. public schools, Michelle Rhee set off a lot of fireworks.

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