Thursday, May 6, 2010

Two steps forward, one step back.....

And in the bluest of blue states (Massachusetts) where it looked like, for just a few precious months, people were actually developing some sense, some idiocy via their state Supreme Court.  Some background:  In 2002 the people of the Commonwealth voted to end bilingual education and to ensure that English teachers should be fluent in... wait for it.... English! (this is a no-brainer, except to the MA judiciary apparently). 

So there is a Cambodian refugee teaching English who flunked the proficiency exam, not once, but twice.  And the state's Supreme Judiciary Court has ruled that a lower court can't overturn the decision of an arbitrator who said that the teacher can't be fired for not being able to perform her job per the will of the people of the Commonwealth.

I'm just going to sit here and quietly pound my head against the desk.

ht. Borepatch with thanks to Mr. B.

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