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National Council on Teacher Quality

In this report, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) takes a close look at the governance of the teaching profession and finds that state legislators and other state-level policymakers crafting state laws and regulation, not those bargaining at the local level, decide some of the most important rules governing the teaching profession. The report shows how states lacking the right to collectively bargain have simply substituted the state legislature for the local bargaining table; in districts with collective bargaining, the state legislature still may serve as a more efficient conduit for teacher friendly legislation than does the local bargaining process. It concludes that it is a fine line that state governments must walk between decisions that raise standards and holds districts accountable for results and one that restricts districts from innovation that may be better suited to serve local needs. An appendix provides collective bargaining questions relating to the following topics: benefits, calendar, class size, differential pay, attendance, evaluation, general employment provisions, grievances, leave, professional development, salary, tenure, termination of employment, transfers, and union. (Contains 25 endnotes.)

Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Collective Bargaining, Governance, Unions, Boards of Education, Public Education, Teacher Competencies, Teaching (Occupation), Class Size, Employment, Legislators, Laws, State Legislation, Accountability, Standards, Fringe Benefits, Salary Wage Differentials, Teacher Evaluation, Grievance Procedures, Faculty Development, Teacher Salaries, Tenure, Teacher Transfer, Retirement, Government Role, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers

National Council on Teacher Quality. 1420 New York Avenue NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-393-0020; Fax: 202-393-0095; Web site:

Autor: Cohen, Emily; Walsh, Kate; Biddle, RiShawn


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