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The Education Blob's Revenge

cjurgens Wrote: Apr 24, 2013 2:22 PM
II have a hard time with this stuff. My children's teachers, for the most part, were wonderful people truly interested in having their students learn. Unfortunately, there is little room in the California classroom for innovation since the curriculum and lesson content is pretty much dictated by the state. The problem is at the school board and administrator level, where producing educated children is nowhere near the top of the list of priorities. The Oakland school board could not care less about the results of the American Indian Charter schools or even about any alleged improper financial dealings of Chavis. They merely wanted to shut the school down, and found a way to do it.
Mr. Right Wrote: Apr 24, 2013 2:32 PM
Don't ever confuse teachers with teachers unions. They are not the same. As a matter of fact, teachers unions care very little about teachers. They only care about their own power and money.

The insurance example Stossel uses in his story is an excellent example. The teachers probably have much better coverage and the state saves money. I know that in Michigan, the insurance that ends kickbacks to the union is lousy and costs a fortune. Districts that have gotten out from under that thumb get equal or better coverage for a fraction of the cost. Teachers win for less money. Union loses money. Union hates it, in spite of benefit to teachers.
Bill1895 Wrote: Apr 24, 2013 3:38 PM
Right to work laws would deplete the unions.
MadisonWannabe Wrote: Apr 24, 2013 6:57 PM
Mr. Right..........................That was the end result in Wis. The corrupt unions managed to get it into contracts that the school district HAD to buy the unions insurance, sometimes at double the competition's price. Some districts saved 1-2 million dollars a year through competitive bidding. Appleton and Hudson to name a couple.
I wrote recently how teachers unions, parent-teacher associations and school bureaucrats form an education "Blob" that makes it hard to improve schools. They also take revenge on those who work around the Blob.

Here's one more sad example:

Ben Chavis, founder and principal of the American Indian Public Charter Schools, got permission to compete with the Blob in Oakland, Calif. Chavis vowed, "We'll outperform the other schools in five years." He did. Kids at the three schools he runs now have some of the highest test scores in California.

His schools excel even though the government spends less on them.

But Chavis paid his...