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A.G.: School boards can likely impose contract terms

As school districts and local teachers’ unions try to reach contract agreements by a July 1 deadline, the law appears to give management an upper hand.

Lawrence Wasden
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden

Districts probably can issue teacher contracts based on their last best offer, if local school boards and union negotiators fail to come to terms by July 1, according to Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office.

Wasden’s office was asked to wade into the thorny negotiations issue by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and his staff.

School boards and unions have been negotiating in uncertainty this spring, since the 2013 Legislature passed several laws reviving pieces of Proposition 1, the labor law rejected by voters in November.

Here’s a link to my full story at Idaho Education News.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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