Research and Reports
Teachers in states with collective- bargaining legislation generally have fared no better in salary gains than their colleagues who work in states with no collective-bargaining laws for teachers, according to a study by the Public Service Research Council, a nonprofit research organization.
Using data supplied by the National Center for Education Statistics, the researchers examined changes in teachers' salaries between 1969-1970 and 1979-80, and again between 1977-1978 and 1979-1980.
In the first interval studied, teachers in 15 of the 30 states with collective-bargaining laws secured salary increases larger than the national average. Of the 20 states with no collective-bargaining legislation, 13 experienced a salary change greater than the national average, according to the analysis.
The average increase in teacher sal-aries in states with no bargaining legislation was 92.3 percent. In the states with legislation, the gains averaged 87.2 percent. Nationally, the salary increase for the "average classroom teacher" during this period was 89 percent.
During the second interval, teachers in states with legislation more often achieved gains greater than the national average--19 of the 30 states were above the national average. Teachers in 12 of the states without legislation achieved greater-than-average gains, the study found.
The report is available from the Public Service Research Council, 8330 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 600, Vienna, Va. 22180.
Hispanics in the United States are far less inclined to continue using the Spanish language than French Canadians are to retain French.
That is one major finding of The Retention of Minority Languages in the United States, a report recently published by the National Center for Education Statistics and based on a 1980 seminar sponsored by the agency.
The report also states that non-English-speaking groups during the 1970's were assimilated into American society in much the same manner as were earlier immigrant groups. And, it says, while immigrants themselves seldom adopt English as their primary language, their children are likely to abandon the parents' native tongue.
The centerpiece of the report is a research paper by Calvin J. Veltman of the department of urban studies at the University of Quebec at Montreal. The report also includes seven scholars' comments on the paper and proceedings of a discussion among the 100 participants in the seminar.
Copies of the report are available for $5 from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402. The catalogue number is S/N 065-000-00119-5.
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