Teacher data online

Parents can check the details of teacher contracts online thanks to a new National Council on Teacher Quality data base. As USA Today explains, NCTQ “gathers the minutiae of union collective-bargaining agreements and state policies for the nation’s 50 largest school districts into a consumer-friendly database that allows anyone to compare districts.”

Director Kate Walsh says the site will help parents, policymakers, journalists and others understand how teacher contracts work by giving them access to largely unfiltered information about teachers’ workdays, salaries, benefits and more.

Parents can research a topic — how much extra do football coaches get? how many hours can teachers be required to attend faculty meetings? — and compare districts.

Mike Antonucci of Intercepts is a big fan. Union leaders not so much.

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