A new online research tool from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) gives researchers, journalists, policy makers, and other education stakeholders a glimpse into the collective bargaining agreements for the 50 largest school systems in the United States--an idea that has some teachers' advocates concerned about how the data might be used.

"Teacher Rules, Roles, and Rights," with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, allows users to sort data from teacher contracts in hundreds of ways. NCTQ says its goal was to create a user-friendly and transparent source of information...

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