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NAEN's Potpourri of Articles for Management Specialists in Employee & Labor Relations Volume 6, Issue 30

06 Feb 2015 7:01 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)
1. Tennessee.  TN teachers union files lawsuit regarding teachers' rights, Chalkbeat, Tennessee
The Tennessee Education Association, Tennessee's largest teachers union, filed a lawsuit against state and district officials stating that the use of test scores to judge teachers of non-tested subjects is a violation of those teachers' rights

2. Pennsylvania.  Teachers' contract raises transparency issues,
The details of collective bargaining agreements do not have to be made public until after the deal has been approved. Some want to change that.

3. Alexandria, VA.  National Teacher Survey Demonstrates Support for Reform Efforts, PR Newswire (press release)
67% of survey respondents agree with a new Colorado law requiring school boards to let the public observe collective bargaining negotiations.

4. Montpelier, VT.  Wright sees hope for bill to ban teacher strikes, vtdigger
Instead, if there is a contract impasse, the teachers' labor contract negotiationsmove to arbitration. “It takes away a school board's right to impose a ...

5. Ithaca, NY.  Part-Time Professors at Ithaca College on Path to Unionization, Ithaca Times
Part-time faculty members of Ithaca College have been collecting cards to hold a union election for quite some time now. The faculty only need to collect signatures from 30% of the adjunct faculty, although they are hoping to get over 50%. The adjuncts employed by Ithaca College have not seen a salary increase in over five years now.

6. Bethesda, MD.  Do U.S. Teachers Really Teach More Hours?, Education Week
A new study says U.S. teachers still lead the world in time spent in front of a class-but not as much as everyone thinks.

7. Tampa, FL.  Legg files bill to reduce testing in Florida schools, Tampa Tribune
A top Florida lawmaker is pushing this year to reduce testing in schools, add flexibility for school districts and tweak the teacher evaluation ...

8. Hollister, CA.  Hollister teachers request 4 percent raise, Hollister Free Lance
Contract negotiations for the current school year started last April when the Hollister Elementary School Teachers Association came to the table asking ...

9. Santa Rosa, CA.  Santa Rosa City Schools teachers declare impasse in contract talks, Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Union leaders representing Santa Rosa teachers have voted to declare an impasse in contract negotiations with Santa Rosa City Schools district ...

10. Plum, PA.  Plum teachers join board in approving contract, Tribune-Review
Plum School District's 268 teachers have a new contract that increases wages, but raises the amount of money they are required to contribute to their ...

11. Phillips, ME.  Concerning ongoing teacher contract issues, The Original Irregular
The MSAD #58 Board of Directors is releasing information to the public regarding the ongoing teacher contract issues in an effort to inform the ...

12. Harvey, LA.  3 places where teachers unions are partners in public school reforms, NOLA
After a business-backed School Board cancelled teachers' collective bargainingcontract, relations soured between administrators and union ...

13. Philadelphia, PA.  Court Curtails Powers of School Reform Commission, The Legal Intelligencer
Although the collective bargaining agreement outlining the disputed ... and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers were negotiating new terms.

14. Tennessee.  TN to tweak assessment tools, Chalkbeat Tennessee
The Tennessee Department of Education unveiled plans to fine-tune a crucial component of teacher evaluation scores. State officials said they are changing the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS) after receiving feedback from across the state.

15. Wyoming.  WY House approves bill to allow guns in schools, Reuters
Legislation that would allow people with concealed-gun permits to carry firearms into public schools and government meetings won easy approval from the Wyoming House of Representatives. The bill would repeal "gun-free zones."

16. Toronto, ON.  Ontario public sector bargaining expected to be lengthy, CTV News
Some of the biggest public sector unions expect to be butting heads with the Ontario government in the coming months as they push for wage increases from an administration standing firm on a "net zero" target...

17. Albuquerque, NM.  Court refuses to block New Mexico teacher evaluation system, Las Cruces Sun-News
The judge ruled that Secretary Hanna Skandera has the authority to carry out administrative rules such as theteacher evaluation program, and the ...

18. St. Paul, MN.  Minnesota bill puts teacher evaluations to the test again, INFORUM
Minnesota could join the dozen states that use teachers' job performance, not how long they've taught, as the primary factor when school ...

19. Washington, DC.  Teacher wants U.S. Supreme Court to overturn mandatory union fees, Columbus Dispatch
Suing on behalf of an Orange County, Calif., elementary-school teacher, ... employees who benefit from collective bargaining to contribute to unions.

20. Honolulu, HI.  Hawaii teachers, state to return to bargaining table, SFGate
A recent report by the National Council on Teacher Quality said Hawaii's $43,759 starting salary amounts to $25,879 when adjusted for the state's high ...

21. Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Broward teachers union, district at odds over new pay law, Sun Sentinel
The litigation comes as the union also fights to give its tenured teachers ... Many school districts are still negotiating pay for performance issues this ...

22. Columbia, MO.  Teacher collective bargaining sessions to begin, Columbia Daily Tribune
The first collective bargaining session between the negotiating teams of the union representing Columbia's teachers and that of Columbia Public ...

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