Kyle Olson
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The second realization I had was that taxpayers have been played for a bunch of dopes. Teachers’ unions and their political surrogates continually tell us we need to “invest” more and more in education. The reality is that while education spending has skyrocketed, student achievement has flatlined. Taxpayers are getting a rotten return on their “investment.”

Where does all the money go? A typical public school spends about 80 percent of its budget on labor costs, such as automatic annual pay raises for teachers (regardless of classroom performance), lavish health insurance and pension benefits and “sick day” buy outs, to name just a few of the costly labor expenses. Like I said, the unions have done a good job taking care of their members.

The bottom line is this: either taxpayers begin reining in the public sector unions, or the states, the taxpayers – or maybe both – are going to go bankrupt.

Americans can no longer afford to ignore these union abuses.

So the next time you hear school officials say they can’t make it without more tax money, think back on the $1 million golden parachute, or the failing Rhode Island school district that pays its teachers four times the city’s median household income. And then tell the political leaders that our public schools don’t have a funding problem – they have a spending problem.

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Kyle Olson

Kyle is Founder and CEO of Education Action Group Foundation, a non-partisan non-profit organization with the goal of promoting sensible education reform and exposing those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.