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Detroit Schools Spending Blues: Contracts That Bind

Kevin348 Wrote: May 12, 2012 1:33 AM
Too bad Hurricane Katrina couldn't have wiped out Detroit too. Ironically Katrina was the greatest thing ever to happen to the state. With the state's public school system destroyed, it paved the way for charter schools to flood the state. Education in LA has been the greatest improvement of all 50 states. And, it happened in a very short period of time. That's what school choice does. Democrats oppose school choice nationally.
everyonesfacts4u Wrote: May 12, 2012 6:50 AM
Is it because of school choice or losing the poorest to other states?
restoreliberty Wrote: May 12, 2012 1:59 PM
Poor has nothing to do with it. This is the one line of pukegressives that makes me the sickest. People are not born more stupid just because they are not born into rich families. Poor people are as capable as rich people of expanding their knowledge base. I was raised in Appalachia and earned a full ride scholarship to college. I attended the same schools as my cousins. At 46 I am able to retire and 6 out of 8 of my cousins are and have been on welfare since they graduated or quit high school, and the of the other two one is dead from Oxy and the other is in prison. Poor has nothing to do with it, it is the choice people make that determine their success in life.
everyonesfacts4u Wrote: May 13, 2012 7:40 AM
Unfortunately it does:
http://www.aft.org/pdfs/americaneducator/spring2012/Willingham.pdf

Your posting that 8 out of 8 poor cousins didn't do well and you did make my point. Those are not good odds.

I am more interested in probability while your point is about possibility.

The question is does family wealth, in general, affect student learning? See article linked above.

When Detroit Public Schools were assigned an emergency financial manager by the state, we thought he would have the power to turn things around, more or less, with a snap of his fingers.

Turns out that’s not the case, due in large part to a thick document known as a teachers contract, or collective bargaining agreement. In Detroit (and most other school districts across the nation) these documents contain seemingly mundane provisions that cost taxpayers and school districts millions of dollars.

Those provisions have been sucking a lot money out of Detroit Public Schools, a cash-starved district that can’t afford...