REPRESENTATION ISSUES; UNIT DETERMINATION/CRITERIA (SEE ALSO WHO IS AN EMPLOYEE?, SECTION 200) – Classroom Teachers
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1309.08000 – Classroom Teachers
Charter school classroom teachers may be added to an existing unit of non-charter school teachers unless the factors set forth in EERA section 3545(a) cannot be met. Those factors include community of interest and the effect of the size of the unit on the efficient operation of the school district. In this case, charter school teachers share a sufficient community of interest with the other teachers in the school district to warrant inclusion in the district-wide bargaining unit, where both sets of employees have the same basic goals in delivering state-mandated curriculum to students and seek to achieve these goals in similar ways using same teaching materials and textbooks. Differences in charter school teaching model are insufficient to demonstrate a community of interest distinct from other teachers in the district.