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NAEN's Potpourri of Articles for Management Specialists in Employee & Labor Relations Volume 7, Issue 7

14 Aug 2015 9:45 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

1. Philadelphia, PA.  PA high court to decide on teachers' contract, Philadelphia Inquirer
Pennsylvania's highest court will decide whether the Philadelphia School Reform Commission can cancel its teachers' contract.
http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20150813_Pa__Supreme_Court_to_decide_whether_SRC_can_cancel_contract_with_Philly_teachers.html


2. Albany, NY.  Lawsuit begins: Teacher vs. New York State's educator evaluation system, WNYT
A teacher with a history of high evaluations is challenging New York State's new ... The case all centers around the evaluation known as Value Added ...
http://wnyt.com/article/stories/s3876990.shtml


3. Warwick, ND.  Warwick, ND teachers, school board, at odds over wages, WDAZ
The teacher's association and the school board are also at odds over whether to include teachers input in the teacher evaluation process, and how ...
http://www.wdaz.com/news/education/3816714-warwick-nd-teachers-and-school-board-odds-over-wages


4. Toronto, ON.  Sandals optimistic about teacher negotiations, Waterloo Record
Education Minister Liz Sandals issued a warning to Ontario teachersWednesday while expressing optimism about reaching new contract ...
http://www.therecord.com/news-story/5794801-sandals-optimistic-about-teacher-negotiations/


5. Toronto, ON.  'A lot of bargaining' underway to avoid teacher strikes, Toronto Star
The groundwork has been laid with most teacher unions over the summer to ... “It's really like we're bargaining a first, central collective agreement with ...
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/08/12/a-lot-of-bargaining-underway-to-avoid-teacher-strikes.html


6. Toronto, ON.  Ontario teacher contract talks: What are the key issues?, CBC News
With just a few weeks left before school resumes and all the major teachers unions talking about various forms of strike action come September, the first signs are emerging that deals could be within reach. Two of the largest unions have agreed to resume contract talks. And Education Minister Liz Sandals has gone from merely saying she's hopeful to offering a tangible reason for hope.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-teacher-contract-talks-what-are-the-key-issues-1.3189267


7. Las Cruces, NM.  NM judge says proceed with lawsuit, Las Cruces Sun-News
A Santa Fe district judge ruled that a lawsuit asking the court to declare the state's teacher evaluation system unlawful can proceed.
http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_28623996/santa-fe-judge-teacher-evaluation-lawsuit-can-proceed?source=rss


8. Rohnert Park, CA.  Teacher Shortages Spur a Nationwide Hiring Scramble (Credentials Optional), The New York Times
The layoffs of teachers nationwide during the recession years of 2008-2012 has now led to a shortage during an improving economy where many are training for other fields with better pay. School districts are now struggling ...
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/10/us/teacher-shortages-spur-a-nationwide-hiring-scramble-credentials-optional.html?_r=0


9. Land O'Lakes, FL.  Pasco School District, teachers union remain far apart in contract negotiations, Mid Columbia Tri City Herald
The Pasco Association of Educators, which represents more than 1,050 teachers, could vote on Pasco's first teacher strike since 1978 at Wednesday's ...
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/08/11/3690294_pasco-school-district-teachers.html?rh=1


10. Durham, ON.  Durham high school teachers, school board reach agreement on some local issues - Strike still possible as provincial talks remain stalled, Durham Region Metroland
The Durham District School Board and its high school teachers’ union have agreed to an arbitrated settlement on local work issues. It is the second board to do so after Peel signed a deal in July. While the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) is still at a stalemate provincially over big-ticket items ...
http://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/5793048-durham-high-school-teachers-school-board-reach-agreement-on-some-local-issues/


11. Toronto, ON.  Catholic teachers, province back to bargaining, The Toronto Sun
The union representing Ontario’s 50,000 English Catholic teachers will head back to the bargaining table Wednesday and Thursday to try to hammer out a deal before school begins next month. According to a confidential letter to members Tuesday ...
http://www.torontosun.com/2015/08/11/catholic-teachers-province-back-to-bargaining


12. St. Cathairnes, ON.  Brock, support staff reach tentative deal, Inside Halton
Brock University and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, District 35, reached a tentative deal for a new collective agreement on Sunday evening, hours before a midnight strike deadline.
http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/5791158-brock-support-staff-reach-tentative-deal/


13. Buffalo, NY.  State's complicated teacher evaluation model faces court challenge, wivb
New York State is coming under fire for the way it evaluates teachers. A Long Island teacher wants to know how does a ...
http://wivb.com/2015/08/10/states-complicated-teacher-evaluation-model-faces-court-challenge/


14. Land O'Lakes, FL.  New contract makes it harder for Pasco teachers to achieve top rating in annual job evaluations, Tampabay
The contract would reduce the amount that student test results count from half teacher's evaluation to 35 percent, as lawmakers allowed this year.
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/teachers/new-contract-makes-it-harder-for-pasco-teachers-to-achieve-top-rating-in/2240759


15. Watertown, NY.  Teacher's lawsuit has big implications, Watertown Daily Times
Yet her 2013-14 evaluation, based in part on student standardized test scores, rated her as “ineffective.” How can a teacher known for excellence be ...
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/national/teachers-lawsuit-has-big-implications-20150809


16. Chicago, IL.  East Aurora teachers set to begin school year without a contract, Chicago Tribune
Representatives from the teachers' union and the school district are ... The district is also required to put in place a new teacher evaluation system by ...
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-east-aurora-teachers-contract-st-0811-20150810-story.html


17. Albany, NY.  Schools facing waiver decision, Albany Times Union
... the state are weighing whether to seek a waiver that could postpone for up to a year the implementation of stringent new teacher evaluation plans.
http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-local/article/Schools-facing-waiver-decision-6436617.php


18. Chicago, IL.  Rauner says Chicago Teachers Union shouldn't have 'dictatorial powers' over finances, Chicago Tribune
"The power of the teachers union has been overwhelming. ... Rauner restated his belief that changes in collective bargaining should be statewide, and ...
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-bruce-rauner-says-chicago-teachers-union-shouldnt-have-dictatorial-powers-over-systems-finances-20150810-story.html


19. Toronto, ON.  Ontario teacher unions gearing up for Protest 101, The Toronto Sun
While Premier Kathleen Wynne is seen around town shilling for former police chief-come-Liberal candidate Bill Blair, Ontario’s four teacher unions are busy mobilizing to make Protest 101 a prominent part of the curriculum this fall. In fact, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) — which will be in a legal strike position on Aug. 17 — has been sending out almost weekly manifestos to its 50,000 members about their impending work-to-rule action, according to confidential documents ...
http://www.torontosun.com/2015/08/09/ontario-teacher-unions-gearing-up-for-protest-101


20. Maricopa, AZ.  Maricopa pilot teacher pay program gets mixed reviews, TriValley Central
Teachers feel the overall law and process is flawed. The teacher evaluationcomponent is based on Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching, ...
http://www.trivalleycentral.com/casa_grande_dispatch/area_news/maricopa-pilot-teacher-pay-program-gets-mixed-reviews/article_8e7002c6-3dfa-11e5-b1a4-dff5fc239fff.html


21. Omaha, NE.  Analysis of public teacher salaries shows that pay reflects experience, Omaha World-Herald
But Windsor noted that teacher quality isn't just about education and experience. With so much research into best practices, teaching styles and the ...
http://www.omaha.com/news/education/analysis-of-public-teacher-salaries-shows-that-pay-reflects-experience/article_ff5eb848-e3c0-5119-9ebc-0e0d70d08b2a.html


22. Williamsfield, IL.  Billtown teachers have contract, Galesburg Register-Mail
The Williamsfield School District and teachers union approved a three-year collective bargaining agreement and evaluation plan ...
http://www.galesburg.com/article/20150807/NEWS/150809846


23. Brooklyn, NY.  'Teach for America' Teachers Can Join the Union, Labor Notes
Charter teachers in other cities sent messages of solidarity. ... longstanding corporate effort to break down teachers' collective bargaining rights,” said ...
http://www.labornotes.org/2015/08/teach-america-teachers-can-join-union


24. Chicago, IL.  Teachers Union Threatens Strike,Chicago Tonight | WTTW
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said Friday that the ... We will continue to negotiate in good faith at the bargaining table to reach an ... full 9 percent pension contribution, taking the issue out of collective bargaining.
http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2015/08/07/teachers-union-threatens-strike




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