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Landmark Case Establishing Teacher Negotiations Act Parameters

West Hartford Education Association

Action for declaratory judgment determining whether certain items were negotiable conditions of employment under the Teacher Negotiations Act. The Supreme Court held that length of school days and school calendar were not mandatory subjects of negotiation. The court determined that the board of education was empowered to determine whether there should be extracurricular activities and what those activities should be. However, assignment of teachers to these activities and compensation therefore were mandatory subjects of negotiation. The court also held that the Board's refusal to offer counterproposals on various mandatory subjects of bargaining did not constitute bad faith bargaining. West Hartford Education Association v. DeCourcy, 295 A.2d 526, 538 (Conn. 1972).

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