Collective bargaining hurting principals

Friday, January 4, 2013
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

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 teacher-negotiated agreements.

Olson, KyleKyle Olson 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 spokesman suggests.

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.

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