HR Reform Issues and Barriers

Strategic Management of Human Capital

265.0 KiB with 1,841 hits, posted November 18, 2008

James A. Kelly and Allan R. Odden, Co-Directors of SMHC, November 18, 2008

Effects of Teachers' Unions on Qualification-Specific and Incentive-Based Teacher Compensation

288.5 KiB with 4,297 hits, posted May 14, 2009

This study examines the impact that teachers’ unions have on multiple dimensions of teacher compensation, including average and starting salaries, returns to tenure and graduate degrees, benefits, and the incidence of different pay for performance systems.

Reducing Teacher Absenteeism

104.1 KiB with 23,799 hits, posted May 21, 2009

This memo considers research on the following two topics: (1) effect of teacher absences on a school district’s budget and student achievement and (2) initiatives that school boards can implement to improve teacher attendance.

Researchers Examine Contracts' Effects on Policy Issues

88.9 KiB with 1,663 hits, posted May 21, 2009

An April, 2009 article from "Education Week" on research connecting collectively bargained teacher contracts to various education policy outcomes.

School District Practices that Encourage Teacher Absenteeism

97.2 KiB with 4,292 hits, posted May 21, 2009

A June, 2003 article from "School Administrator" on growing rates of teacher absenteeism, and the impact on instruction.

State Intervention and Contract Choice in the Public Teacher Labor Market

1.1 MiB with 2,028 hits, posted May 21, 2009

This paper examines variances in contract outcomes within states on wage and time use provisions, as well as provisions governing teacher evaluations and seniority rules. Further, this paper looks at the effects of both policy decisions and collective bargaining on contact provisions across various sets of outcomes. The evidence presented here suggests a strong interrelation between various aspects of the labor contract, which has largely been ignored in the literature on teacher contracts previously.

Studies Link Teacher Absences to Lower Student Scores

85.9 KiB with 3,156 hits, posted May 21, 2009

This March, 2009 article in "Education Week" reports on research that suggests that teacher absences affect districts' finances and student achievement.

Tales of Teacher Absence

170.3 KiB with 1,887 hits, posted May 21, 2009

A summary of a report from the Center for American Progress on the effects of teacher absenteeism. Highlights from the report include: -Teacher absense is expensive -Teacher absense negatively affects student achievement -Teacher absense disproportionately affects low-income students.

Teacher Absences are Hurting Learning

59.2 KiB with 1,861 hits, posted May 21, 2009

This January, 2008 story from the Associated Press reports on the link between teacher absenteeism and low test scores.

The Politics of Teacher Professionalization

436.9 KiB with 1,915 hits, posted May 21, 2009

This paper finds that centralized education governance and teacher union activism significantly influence state teacher policies, but not similar district-level policies. The implications for reforming teacher pay and evaluation and the future of education policy research more generally are discussed.

Separation of Degrees

186.5 KiB with 1,841 hits, posted July 22, 2009

This July 2009 brief from the Center for American Progress offers a state-by-state analysis of teacher compensation for master’s degrees.

The Rubber Room

163.6 KiB with 1,860 hits, posted August 31, 2009

An August, 2009 story from The New Yorker on New York City's Temporary Reassignment Centers, better known as Rubber Rooms. Inhabitants of Rubber Rooms are NYC school teachers who have been accused of misconduct or incompetence.

The Widget Effect: This report from The New Teacher Project was released on June 1, 2009. The report shows that too many systems inaccurately represent teacher effectiveness by failing to acknowledge differences in teaching effectiveness. The systems treat teachers as “widgets,” ignoring both outstanding teachers as well as ineffective teachers.

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