Outsourcing Human Resources

Has anyone considered hiring a contract company to provide teaching and support staff to your school? In essence, getting out of the employment/HR business and focusing on education.

  1. The union might have an interesting overview on that effort.

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  2. I have long been an advocate for a statewide teachers’ (and other staff) contract that would take the negotiations and grievance processes out of the local schools. Teachers as public employees would have their salaries, benefits and working conditions established by a common contract. Statewide salary and benefit standards would bring greater equity to the field and be the final missing piece for equalized services for students. Act 60 and 68 brought equality to the ability to access revenue; a statewide contract would bring equality to the ability to spend appropriately. Under the current localized system, kids from poorer towns remain at a disadvantage. In many small towns, teachers stay only long enough to build a resume that qualifies them for a more attractive position.

    Local entities could then spend their energy on designing an educational model that best suits the needs of their school and community.

    The local negotiation process also contributes to an atmosphere of opposition between board and staff that detracts from their ability to work together on implementing a vision for the best student experience.

    For state employees, regional cost of living is not an issue; it should not be for teachers either. A contract could hold the highest paid teachers steady while the rest of the state catches up.

    This might be a better option than going with a private entity. In many cases of outsourcing (such as prisons, and bussing, food service, and custodians in public schools) quality has been a challenge.

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  3. Who we hire and why we hire them is, in my opinion, as much a part of “focusing on education” as is the curriculum.

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  4. Your question seems to imply that focusing on education excludes the hiring of teachers. I would disagree. The teacher who ends up in front of a class is the single most important piece of a child’s education. Particularly in small schools, local officials have the clearest sense of which teachers will resonate with the parents in the community as well as offer diversity and complimentary teaching skills to the existing small staff. As to support staff and all other non-licensed positions within the school, Act 153 designates the Superintendent as the hiring authority, so the board could only advise on whether to contract out for these employees.

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