The school board/union relationship generally is mature and well established. But it's seldom comfortable--or predictable.
As the focus for teacher pay shifts from experience to performance, districts are placing new emphasis on salary reform.
Want to survive the next round of contract negotiations? An Oregon school board member shares his lessons learned.
- Your Turn
April 2008 Your Turn
Your chance to tell us what you think
- School Board News
April 2008 Up Front
News, views, and trends you should watch.
Interest-Based Bargaining Helps Boards and Teachers
Negotiations between the board and the union require give-and-take from both sides. But to be successful, you must start with the facts and rely on the data you collect.
- School Law
The Importance of School Board Policies
What are the legal considerations connected to the board's policy-making role? Is your district doing what it takes to be risk-free by today's legal--though increasingly litigious-standards?
Tips on Talking to the Public About School Controversy
Do your district leaders know when--and how--to respond to unfair, untrue, or derogatory public attacks? Do you use a personal touch to reach your community?
Wi-Fi Security for Schools
Wireless networks are convenient for schools and districts, but identity thieves and hackers are waiting to break into your system. Are you doing everything possible to be safe?
Return on Investments for School Board Service
As an unpaid volunteer, you can easily overlook the return you get on your investment. But there are ways you can deepen your satisfaction and commitment to the district's governance.
How the Mortgage Crisis Is Affecting School Budgets
With multibillion dollar losses reported due to defaults on home loans, districts without a solid investment policy are at risk.
Rethinking Comprehensive High Schools
Reform and design must come together to bring meaningful and enduring changes that will make the larger American high school relevant again.
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