Colorado votes to require open school negotiations

By Edward Stoner

DENVER — Colorado has voted to require that school board negotiations with unions be open to the public. Proposition 104 requires school boards to allow the public to see negotiations on collective bargaining agreements, or union contracts. The measure does not apply to other governmental entities that negotiate with unions. Only about a fourth of Colorado’s school districts have collective bargaining agreements, but those districts are larger and account for three-quarters of the state’s public-school students. Proposition 104 allows school boards to send a representative to negotiate with education unions in private. But any final collective bargaining agreement must be …

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