Category Archives: Collective Bargaining

How Ogden (and other districts) can foster excellence in teaching

  Imagine a high-performing teacher in Ogden School District. This teacher takes the time to work individually with her struggling students and lets them know she cares about them. She knows the material she teaches backward and forward and has … Continue reading

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Letter confirms that power is top issue for Ogden teachers union

  Last month, I argued that the objection of the Ogden Education Association (OEA), the Ogden teachers union, to the district’s move toward performance pay for teachers was motivated by a fear of losing union power. Well, a new piece … Continue reading

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Bye-bye, collective bargaining?

  This fall, the Utah Legislature may research the possibility of eliminating collective bargaining for government workers, including employees of public schools. We interviewed Senator Howard Stephenson (R-Dist. 11) and Kory Holdaway, director of government relations and political action at … Continue reading

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In-depth interviews help shed light on Ogden education debate

  We have been writing a lot about the Ogden School District’s decision to sign its teachers on an individual basis and to move toward a pay-for-performance plan. These steps are important ones that could gradually help change the landscape … Continue reading

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Ogden rally raw footage, empowering parents, NCLB

  Today in Ogden, an estimated 400 people protested the Ogden School District’s decision to forgo collective bargaining in favor of a contract made on its own terms. You can see footage of the protest here, taken by Alexis Young, … Continue reading

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Uproar in Ogden: middleman frets about losing its clout

  Much ado has been made by several groups (e.g., here and here) opposed to the Ogden School District’s (OSD) decision to move to a performance-based pay system for teachers. A key part of their objections is a perceived lack … Continue reading

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Ogden School District: a radical approach to teacher pay?

  The Ogden School District is offering its teachers a take-it-or-leave-it employment contract (including a 1.6 percent raise) which each teacher must sign individually by July 20 or risk becoming unemployed. The district decided to act on its own after an impasse … Continue reading

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