Colorado votes for Proposition 104; Requires school board negotiations with unions be open to public

DENVER - Colorado has voted to require that school board negotiations with unions be open to the public.

Proposition 104 requires school boards to allow the public to see negotiations on collective bargaining agreements, or union contracts.

The measure does not apply to other governmental entities that negotiate with unions.

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The measure passed with 70 percent of voters saying yes and only 30 percent of voters against the idea.

Only about a fourth of Colorado's school districts have collective bargaining agreements, but those districts are larger and account for three-quarters of the state's public-school students.

Proposition 104 allows school boards to send a representative to negotiate with education unions in private. But any final collective bargaining agreement must be voted on by the school board in a public meeting and posted online.

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