SB 580/HB 2270 Bargaining over class size

02/02/2021
SB 580 VOTE: NO
In Committee
Public Hearing 03/03/2021 3:15pm
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB2270
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/HED/Overview

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This bill amends definition of “employment relations” to include class size and caseload limits as mandatory collective bargaining subjects for school districts. (same as HB 2270)

Fiscal Responsibility
Empowers unions that already have too much power. The $1 billion CAT tax was sold to voters to reduce class size issues. One would think this would have solved the class size tied to collective bargain discussion going for the last 4 years.

Limited Government
Defeated five times, the bill is a bad penny that can’t buy any improvement. Class sizes have stabilized since 2018 at median middle and high school class sizes are very similar across subjects, although middle school median class sizes are slightly higher from 14 to a high of 29 in larger districts. It should make class size not a driving force to be considered in collective bargaining agreement negotiations. Teachers have had it soft in the COVID pandemic with no classroom social issues to deal with. Now they have an opportunity to use COVID to bargain a return to the classroom if class sizes are small enough to make them comfortable and/or if they are paid more money if the class size goes over the negotiated threshold.

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