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School board members on contract negotiating teams: help or hindrance?

On Board Online • September 1, 2014

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

Do school board members, who must approve collective bargaining agreements, belong on the team of negotiators that hammer out agreements with unions?

It’s a question on which there is no consensus in the New York State education community. But, generally, board members are not used as negotiators.

An exception is the Herricks school district on Long Island, where board members recently played integral roles as part of the negotiating team for a teachers contract that was settled in July.

Over the past several years, reduced state aid and the property tax cap led the district to make significant budget reductions, including 100 layoffs – 66 of whom were teachers – while raising class sizes from about 21 students to 30. Three years ago, most of the bargaining units in the district agreed to reopen their existing contracts and make concessions, but the teachers union did not.

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Poll: Training on Common Core implementation would benefit school boards

FOR RELEASE:  September 2, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
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As schools begin their third year of implementing Common Core standards, one-third of school board members responding to a recent poll say their board needs more knowledge about what constitutes college and career readiness.

In addition to training in college and career readiness, many respondents (23 percent) believe their board would benefit from training in data-based decision making. Twenty percent would welcome board training in communication strategies, while 12 percent would like additional training in resource allocation. Only 11 percent did not think training was needed.

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