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Dissertation Defense: A Comparative Analysis of Public School Collective Bargaining Agreements in Florida

ED 306
December 15, 2017 @ 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Announcing the Final Examination of Aliza Berk for the degree of Doctor of Educational Leadership

The primary goal of this descriptive study was to investigate the prevalence among Florida school district collective bargaining agreements of provisions identified in extant research as desirable for teachers, and to describe their distribution among different categories of school districts in Florida. For this qualitative study, collective bargaining agreements from 66 out of 67 public school districts in Florida were used. The results obtained from the study may help provide Florida school districts with information to construct the best possible competitive contracts. This would aid in attracting top talent while also protecting the best interests of the school districts.

The literature review and results of this study found that collective bargaining agreements vary in conditions and desirable provisions. None of the eight desirable provisions were present in all 66 collective bargaining agreements. District performance grade, district locale, and district size all played a role in the distribution of desirable provisions. Districts with lowest frequencies of desirable provisions were characterized by city and suburb locale, district grade D, and the lowest enrollment quartile (1-4905 students). Districts with the highest frequencies of desirable provisions were characterized by town locale, district grade C, and enrollment quartiles two (4,906-12,929 students) and three (12,930-43,039 students).

Suggested use for the study includes the development of future public school's competitive contracts.

Committee in charge: Jerry Johnson (Chair), Walter Doherty, Valerie Storey, Shane Shope