By Ira W. Mintz, Esq.
Somerset Hills Board of Education and Somerset Hills Education Association
In P.E.R.C. No. 2015-34, the Commission permitted arbitration of a grievance that claimed that the school board implemented new lesson plan initiatives and other teaching objectives that substantially increased workload beyond contractual limits without compensation for the additional work. The Commission rejected the Board’s argument that education regulations preempted negotiations over the impact on workload of student growth objectives and teacher evaluation and observation methods.