Michelle Malkin has an interesting piece today that talks about the problems with teacher unions. Here’s an article from a few months back from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and an interesting quote from that article:
“Sarah Archibald, an education consultant who worked for seven months in Gov. Jim Doyle’s office, offers a pragmatic reason for unions to consider in their continued fight to improve teacher wages and working conditions:
‘Keeping low-performing teachers in classrooms hurts everyone, most of all kids, and disproportionately, low-income kids and kids of color,’ Archibald said. ‘But it also hurts the teaching profession.
‘It is very difficult to argue for paying teachers more – even though it makes sense based on evidence from countries with higher performing educational systems – when some of that money would go to teachers who are not performing in the classroom but who cannot be dismissed on that basis or even paid less than their higher performing peers.'”
Pubic employee unions have gotten WAY too much power in many states in the country. California is a prime example. Democrat politicians are bought by the Unions.