Collective Bargaining Agreements in Kentucky School Districts

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Collective bargaining agreements, often called union contracts, between Kentucky school districts and local councils of the Kentucky Education Association, the dominant teachers' union in Kentucky, can have important impacts on education in the commonwealth.

Some of those impacts may include pending local and statewide decisions in policy areas such as "differential pay for highly effective teachers, the use of student performance data in teacher evaluations, tenure reform initiatives, and the implementation of charter schools in struggling districts."

In recognition of this importance, "in December 2009, the Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee approved the Office of Education Accountability‘s 2010 research agenda which included an Analysis of Collective Bargaining Agreements in Kentucky Districts."

The result is a report titled, "Analysis of Collective Bargaining Agreements in Kentucky Districts," which was approved by the Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee at its December 2010 meeting.

This report can be accessed by clicking here. It should prove important reading for Kentucky legislators, local school board members -- especially in Jefferson County -- and all individuals who are concerned about education in the commonwealth.