An education reform group is pleased to see Kansas Gov. Sam
Brownback (R) asking a task force to scrutinize state collective
bargaining laws in hopes of accomplishing more flexibility in
of the Education
Action Group Foundation (EAG) tells OneNewsNow this is coming
about in part because school principals are increasingly held
accountable for what is happening in their schools, which is
causing a growing amount of frustration.
"Their frustration is that often times they can't control what
sort of personnel that they have in their building, and so they're
being held accountable for a situation that they really have very
little control over," Olson explains.
The Kansas Association of School Boards wants to revise the
collective bargaining law by eliminating teacher evaluations as a
subject of negotiations.
"I think what Kansas is doing is saying Look -- we need to
be putting more power into the hands of school boards to act more
like essentially executives of a school district, versus
having this negotiated document that really ties the hands of
people who need to make financial and personnel decisions," the EAG
Olson reports that other states are also examining collective
bargaining laws to come up with a fairer way of evaluating teachers
and other employees based more on student performance.