Hughes STEM High School

In 2009, teachers in Hughes STEM High School in Cincinnati, Ohio secured collective autonomy to run the school via the Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) structure negotiated in the collective bargaining agreement between Cincinnati School Board and Cincinnati Federation of Teachers. The contract, which was updated in 2014, provides that two-thirds to three-quarters of ILT members are teachers, and other team members include 2 classified employees, 2 parents, and the site principal. The ILT authority is broad, as nearly anything that affects instruction can be voted up or down by that body, and the principal does not have veto power. The ILT structure is available to all schools in the Cincinnati Public School district.

Pages 10-14 of the agreement provide more details about the role of the ILT and its operation.

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