Columbia approves changes to teachers salary negotiation process
The Columbia School Board has also approved a plan to allow public school teachers in the district the ability to have a specific organization represent them in negotiating their salaries. School Board members voted unanimously to approve the representation at a budget meeting Monday night.
For representation , teachers can choose the Columbia Missouri National Education Association, or maintain the current system, which involves an informal mode of communication between teachers and administrators.
Rockwood, Ferguson, and Springfield districts are already using the representation of an independent organization, which teacher groups say benefit both teachers and students.