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This comment discusses the effect of collective bargaining by teachers on the formulation of public policy in education. Teachers usually draw on the expertise of superintendents of schools to advise them on this subject. Agreement terms from New York and California are analyzed. The focus of the analysis deals with the content of the contract and agreement clauses and the extent to which they reflect a shift of control over educational policy in specific subject areas. The emergence of teachers associations and unions has created a new pressure group potentially capable of influencing traditional state prerogatives in educational policy. California and New York have responded to the existence of these new groups in different ways. The evidence studied shows these different statutory schemes produce substantially similar results in issues related to the professionalism of public school teachers.

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