Kyle Olson
Is it ever enough? That’s what citizens should be asking in Newark, where the teachers are claiming they are subject to “indentured servitude” for being forced to consider an “inhumane” collective bargaining agreement that many consider very union friendly.

The average Newark teacher’s pay is $57,926, according to teachersalaryinfo.com. That constitutes “indentured servitude”?

In 2011, EAGnews.org found that Newark teachers contributed a big fat zero to their health insurance benefits. Taxpayers, on the other hand, spent a healthy $111,742,197 to pay for teacher benefits. Yes, that’s $111 million to zero.

The school district receives a whopping $28,406 per student from state, federal and local sources. A great deal of that money goes to teachers for salary and benefits. That’s not enough to break the chains of servitude endured by the public school servants of Newark? If you listen to union activists, the answer would be “no.”

Newark union teachers have become unhinged at the idea of being held accountable for their students’ academic achievement. So much so, EAGNews.org reported, the union may actually reject the contract negotiated by its leaders, thereby snubbing a 14 percent raise.

One group of Newark teachers, known as the NEW Caucus, is trying to reject the new contract deal because it amounts to a “cut-throat business contract, not a social justice contract,” they group wrote in a critique of the proposed contract.

Apparently “social justice” is now the equivalent of paying everyone equally based on how long they’ve been there, not on effectiveness or positive impact on student learning.

And equating performance pay and bonuses to some sort of “cut-throat business” scenario says more about what the union teachers think of the free enterprise system than any reform being proposed in Newark. And we’re relying on these people to teach students how to function in a free market economy? Having to earn one’s pay is apparently tantamount to “indentured servitude” in the union world.

This is what happens when Big Labor is given the opportunity to call the shots. They do it all in a way that is in their best interest, and not in the best interests of students, parents and certainly not taxpayers.

Nevertheless, the NEW Caucus is urging a “no” vote on the contact because:

Kyle Olson

Kyle is founder of Education Action Group and EAGnews.org, a news service dedicated to education reform and school spending research, reporting, analysis and commentary.

He is co-author of Glenn Beck’s “Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education,” available at Amazon.com.

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