Teacher Bargaining Sessions Now Public in Colorado

Last week, Colorado voters passed Proposition 104, a measure requiring local school boards to negotiate collective bargaining agreements in meetings that are open to the public. The measure applies only to school districts and does not apply to other public entities.

Proponents of the measure say it promotes transparency and will further the public’s understanding of teacher bargaining. Opponents say the measure will put school boards at a disadvantage in teacher negotiations, which can be difficult and complicated and involve discussion of sensitive employee matters.

School boards may want more support in collective bargaining to make strategic and tactical decisions that will help them when they relay their decisions to a public audience. When determining where to obtain this support, be aware that MSEC is able to provide it.