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I would have phrased the question differently.
How would the vote have looked if we asked yes/no reform questions about district administrators or public policy makers? Just as with unions, I think we can find examples of district administrators that encourage reform, those that actively work against needed reforms, and those in the middle. Policy makers...I'm not going to touch that...
Instead, I view unions as having a critical role in state and national policy decisions. I fully admit that there are problems related to teacher evaluations and unions need to confront those head on. However, a union (or association) really is the only way for teachers to have an advocate - and to have a seat at the table when it comes to policy decisions.
We can look at Wisconsin as an extreme example. Without WEAC mobilizing the voice of teachers, there would be very little pushback on the budget repair bill & the next budget that was announced yesterday. Without this collective voice, there would be very little attention given to the fact that Wisconsin education policy is taking a VERY different avenue than what other Democratic and Republican leaders have done in the past.
It is critical that teacher unions across the country seriously engage in discussions related to performance evaluations, "last in / first out" policies, and professionalism. They also need to seriously engage those that undermine public education through increasing the inequalities between schools with different socioeconomic profiles.
My son was a unfortunate victum of abuse from a Union Teacher. This mistreatment placed my son in the hospital. He is still being treated today. She got a raise and a new school. I have the bills and a damaged child. Thanks. Abuse was admitted by the school district.
The assumption here is that administrators can make those kinds of decisions. Administrators are just as likely to be duds as any others in the system. Unions slow things down, surely. But they are indispensible in protecting teachers, staff, community, and students from whimsical administrative decisions of all sorts.
I was in construction for 3 years, 15 years in retail management before coming back to education. Yes, tenure is an imperfect system. But the system does protect against the "at will" dismissals of un-tenured dedicated young people that districts hire and fail to guide. For the long hours, demands of the public and the district, and the accompanying pay scale, I can't say teaching is a great career choice today. I average some 55-60 hours a week and get paid half of what I would be making back in business-and all this to get heat from some dude taking a over-long lunch and padding his expense account. And don't start about the "vacations"-they're spent taking classes or doing course work,or teaching summer school. Get real. We're in the trenches-don't knock it until you've walked a mile in my size 13s, Steve.
Can you provide any unbiased information supporting your contention that Charter Schools are successful? I suspect you cannot because it does not exist. Until this information is provided I suggest other readers accept this post for what it is; crude propaganda.