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School District’s Sick Day Reform Plan Means Employees Can Miss Two-Thirds of the Year!

Zdravko Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 2:40 PM
There was a voucher program for children of poor parents in Washington DC that was a huge success. Graduation rate for these private schools has been 90%, compared to the union-led government schools where it hovers around 50%, in spite of their liberal promotion policies. The cost of vouchers is $8,000 per child, while the cost of union-run government schools is $18,000 per pupil, with the savings to go to the teachers union. Obama agreed with the union goons and eliminated that voucher program; then, under pressure of his black constituents, and of Senator Lieberman and Congressman Boehner, he restored it for one more year, at the great chagrin of the teachers union. The numbers speak for themselves.
JMWinPR Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 8:03 PM
In addition the DC residents had a pro active Superintendent who made great strides improving public education. The DC voters when given another choice, went the "low information" route, subjecting their children to more incompetence. I can understand elected officials sending their children to private schools and not being subjected to the ignorance of the resident DC populace.
David3036 Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 3:03 PM
And in Washington state, the education department, under pressure from the teachers's unions, turned down a multimillion-dollar grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation because the program it would have funded involved pay for performance. That is a concept the unions hate, and it's one that ensures that the good teachers are underpaid and the bad ones are overpaid.
Jay Wye Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 6:58 PM
the unions are against the measurement of their teacher's performance.
they think that teachers should get paid no matter how poorly their students do.

Many school districts allow employees to accrue unused sick days without limit and cash them out upon retirement.

In the Detroit district, for example, such a policy cost the district $12.5 million in unused sick leave in 2010-11.

It’s a major problem, but too many school districts are only taking baby steps to correct it.

In the small Holton, Michigan district, support personnel earn one sick day for each month worked. They’ve been allowed to accrue unused sick days without limit and cash them out upon retirement, or take extended leaves for any reason.

But now school officials are...