Bill Ferriter, aka, The Tempered Radical has a lengthy post on the notion of teacher working conditions.
Without trying to steal Bill's thunder, he presents a number of questions and answers from a forum he spoke at recently. If we accept the premise that quality teacher working conditions directly impact the learning conditions for students, this is an important matter.
For me the biggest question was whether or not teacher working conditions were something that was within the scope of authority of the school principal. Some matters are beyond a principals power, i.e. length of school day, teacher planning time, scope and permissibility of extra duties.
Can or should a principal be evaluated on their ability to provide better working conditions in a school? Can teachers likewise be evaluated on their efforts to improve their own working conditions school wide?