Documents for Conferencing
Report to Education Committees
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Collaborative Conferencing?
Collaborative Conferencing is the process by which local boards of education and their professional employees meet, either directly or through representatives designated by the respective parties, to confer, consult, and discuss matters relating to certain terms and conditions of professional service as specified by the passing of the PECCA. The process of collaborative conferencing includes the exchange of information, opinions, and proposals among the conferencing parties, as well as the use of the principles and techniques of interest-based collaborative problem-solving (IBCPS).
Initiating Collaborative Conferencing
Collaborative Conferencing is initiated by the submission of a written request to the district's board of education by at least 15% of the professional employees in the district.
The local board then appoints an equal number of local board members and professional employees to a special question committee to hold a private poll. A majority of professional employees eligible to vote in the poll must vote to undertake collaborative conferencing with the local board of education for the board to be obligated to participate. When this requirement is met, the local board will appoint 7-11 management personnel, and an equal number of professional employees will be selected as representatives.
The poll also determines which employee organizations will be represented. Representatives will be selected based on each organization's proportional share of the responses. A professional employee organization must receive at least 15% of the votes in the poll to be entitled to representation. Each representative serves for 3 years.
Memorandum of Understanding
Management personnel and the professional employee representative may enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the terms and conditions of employment, not to exceed 3 years in duration.
An MOU becomes binding from the date of its approval by the local board of education or at a later effective date specified within the MOU. Items that require funding are not effective until the local funding body has approved such funding in the budget. If the amount of funds appropriated is less than the amount required, the parties may continue to confer to reach agreement within the amount of funds appropriated.
Subjects Local Boards Are Required to Conference
Subjects Prohibited from Conferencing
Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act