Whatís Fair in Our Teachers Contract Negotiations?

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“Civic Innovation Designer”

Since: Mar 11

Springboro, Ohio

#1 Jul 11, 2013
The roots of modern school boards sprouted early in the history of our country, but it wasnít until the first part of the 20th century that a new type of school board started to emerge, being modeled after corporations where the board focused mainly on policy and hired a superintendent as a type of CEO to handle the daily administration. This seemingly innocuous shift has had a profound effect on our systems of local governance along with our perceptions of fairness with respect to those over which our board governs; namely, our school teachers.

Before we can understand fairness in this context, we must first understand our roles in a system of corporate governance. Many of us, myself included, must answer to our managers who ultimately answers to the CEO. In public companies, the CEO answers to the Board of Directors who in turn answers to the shareholders. This form of governance provides the authority granted by ones position within the hierarchy to ensure accountability across each segment of the organization.

When we look at fairness in this type of organization we naturally think in terms of budgets and performance along with all the cost savings measures which include layoffs. However, as the shareholders in our community, it would seem that we are left with two options: to pay more for high quality services, or enact cost savings measures in order to ensure their continuation. Regardless of the power invested in us, we find ourselves playing the role of consumers kicking the vending machine, angry that it didnít give us what we paid for.

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