The ConnCAN Teacher and Administrator Contract Database is a comprehensive collection of the state’s collective bargaining agreements, or contracts, for teachers and school administrators from throughout the state. This database presents information about terms and conditions of employment and overall statewide trends found in the contracts.
These contracts are negotiated at various times throughout the year, and generally run for a three-year period. Approximately ⅓ of the state’s administrator contracts are up for negotiation annually. As contracts are renegotiated, we will update this database accordingly. For a list of contracts currently under negotiation, please visit this resource from the Connecticut State Department of Education.
By highlighting important public information, we hope this database will help facilitate effective local and statewide decision-making. Boards of education, local policymakers, union members, and the public can use this information to compare their local contract to others, as well as to improve contract negotiations and advocate for school improvements.
Why an administrator contract database?
ConnCAN created this Administrator Contract Database to provide free, public access to administrator collective bargaining agreements for every single public school district in Connecticut that has them. We also conduct and provide free, public access to analysis of the trends found in these agreements. These agreements help shape local district education policy. As such, we believe that providing access to this information in a user-friendly, web-based, searchable form will be an essential tool to inform the public dialogue on district-level policy change.
Although Connecticut teacher collective bargaining agreements are subject to public disclosure under state law, accessing these agreements has not always been transparent or easy. In 2007, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) created the first national teacher contract database for select cities, including New Haven and Hartford. NCTQ's Teacher Contract Database includes reviews of key contract provisions, frequently asked questions, and nationwide comparisons. Some states’ departments of education provide links to and information about contracts within the state. NCTQ’s national database and the absence of such a resource in Connecticut inspired ConnCAN to develop its Teacher Contract Database.
After ConnCAN released its Teacher Contract Database in 2012, one of the most frequent requests we received was to create a similar database of administrator contracts. In response to demand, we created this database of collective bargaining agreements that cover administrators. Not all administrators are covered by a district’s administrator contract, as many administrators, superintendents in particular, have individual contracts. This database includes as many administrator collective bargaining agreements as are available. Information from the ConnCAN Administrator Contract Database reflects the 2014-2015 school year.
What’s Included in the ConnCAN Administrator Contract Database?
ConnCAN’s Administrator Contract Database provides unprecedented access to administrators' contracts from all public school districts in the state that have them, with information relating to key provisions both within and across these contracts. Users can access a variety of research tools, which allow users to:
- Create customized advanced search of key contract provisions
- Compare district-to-district contract information
- Explore statewide trends through interactive, printable graphs of statewide trends of notable contract content or downloadable analysis documents
- Download PDFs of each district’s contracts and salary schedules
- Learn more about contract negotiation in Connecticut or about the ConnCAN Administrator Contract Database Methodology
For each contract, we present information on various topics, including:
- District size and grades served
- Contract expiration date and union affiliation
- Work year
- Additional compensation (including performance bonuses, tuition reimbursement, etc.)
- Benefits (sick/personal leave, vacation time, professional development, etc.)
- Layoff and transfer procedures
- Retirement payout
This comprehensive database contains administrator contracts from Connecticut’s public school districts that have collective bargaining agreements for their administrators below the rank of superintendent. We do not collect individual contracts which are sometimes negotiated for non-superintendent administrators, particularly in smaller districts. We also do not collect superintendent contracts, which are negotiated exclusively on an individual basis.
Additional information about the project and collective bargaining in Connecticut can be found by clicking on the links at the top of the page. For answers to more frequently asked questions about this database and its content, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.