Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Rhode Island town fires union teachers--FINALLY! (changed from NJ-thx Big Guy)

Via Insty (ht, Mr. B):  A school superintendent in New Jersey Rhode Island  asked her union high school teachers to do what teachers in my time did anyway apparently voluntarily:  adding 25 minutes to the school day, providing tutoring on a rotating schedule before and after school, eating lunch with students once a week, submitting to more rigorous evaluations, attending weekly after-school planning sessions with other teachers and participating in two weeks of training in the summer (they would also receive extra pay at a rate of $30/hour for some of these activities).  Well, the union refused to accede to these horrible demands that these very highly paid teachers actually do their jobs since approxmimately half of their students were flunking out, and so the superintendent fired the lot of them.  Administrators too.

Bearing in mind that these slackers WERE earning $70,000-$78,000 in a town where the median income for regular folks is $22,000, then they really should not balk at giving value for the money.  It's another case where the union would rather see people out of jobs then give a little--not recognizing that today's world is much different than when the unions were actually necessary.  I can't say that it's a bad thing that they were all fired because they were apparently doing a piss-poor job anyway and were highly rewarded for their incompetence.

It's my understanding that the Chicago school system is in similar straights and that even their teachers can't pass the high school courses that they are supposedly teaching.  Maybe if the action above became more widespread, school systems would improve since increasing regulations, student testing, and throwing money at them doesn't seem to work.

1 comment:

The Big Guy said...

Rhode Island, not Joisey.
(But the NJ system needs an enema too, by all means...)