Diana C Pullin & Susan L Melnick. 21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook. Editor: Thomas L Good. Sage Publication. 2008.
The excitement of a new teacher’s first job offer is often accompanied by the anxiety of signing an employment contract, the agreement between a teacher and a public school district setting out the basic provisions for a teaching job. However, this first teaching contract is perhaps not the most significant contract binding a teacher to a public school. Often more powerful is the collective bargaining agreement, the contract between the school district and the local teacher union, which sets most of the important terms of a teacher’s contract. While the teaching contract represents the basic employment agreement with a teacher, the teacher union and the collective bargaining agreement are more important than the individual contract.