DENVER — Despite the best attempts of Capitol Republicans, school districts will retain the right to keep collective bargaining negotiations under wraps.
A bill to require negotiations between school districts and teachers be made public was killed on a party line vote Wednesday afternoon, despite the urging of several teachers to open such talks.
A number of teachers begged the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee to let the bill move forward, saying it would give them more input into collective bargaining talks between the teachers’ unions and the districts.
The bill’s Senate sponsor, Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, told the committee that opening collective bargaining negotiations would help move talks along by making parties act with more civility. It would also help allay paranoia between teachers and districts.
“This is a great opportunity to lay those concerns to rest,” he said.
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