"Frankly, when even a modicum of common sense is infused into the equation, the answer is a resounding no. And the foundational reason is simple. There is no one at the bargaining table representing the folks who are actually going to pay whatever is negotiated."
"The State of Wisconsin had been awarded hefty sums in the Obama stimulus package - over four billion ($4,000,000,000) in awards all totaled. Public school teachers and the public education system in general were awarded nearly half of that from various sources at the federal level. The Department of Education alone contributing more than 1,000,000,000 to the state.
When you drilled down a bit more we find that there were roughly 18 documented stimulus awards that were made to public education. In the fine print on merely one of the awards you discover in that award alone more than $717,000,000 were awarded for the express purpose of shoring up the salaries of teachers, administrators, teachers aides, and what we found about late this week was the past due amount owed to teachers' pensions and health benefits. These were the very same issues that Gov. Scott Walker had begged cooperation from the legislature on.
The theory goes that Walker's predecessor Gov. Jim Doyle a bought and paid for union supporter had been purposefully concealing the fact that he and other pro-union democrats had raided the education funds and the stimulus fix temporarily plastered over the gaping hole. Until stimulus funds ran out of course."
"Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Saturday he would push forcefully ahead with right-to-work legislation in his state, even if it means a Wisconsin-style fight with unions."
One tactic unions take — indeed, a tactic many state contractors take — is to contribute lavishly to politicians’ re-election campaigns. That is, they bribe politicians to pay them as much of other people’s money as politicians can possibly get away with.
(no rebreather needed)
"This is not the same thing as a private sector union going up against big, bad executives at General Motors or big, bad meanies at Big Oil. This is going up against John Q. Public who makes, on average, half of what these government union people are making, and yet John Q. Public is paying that money. Even someone as idolized by the left as Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, that the whole concept of unionizing government employees could not and would not work."
(pay attention, teachers and others, they did a lot more than just opt out)
President Obama in the State of the Union cited Bruce Randolph School in Denver as a shining example of educational success.
“Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado; located on turf between two rival gangs. But last May, 97% of the seniors received their diploma. Most will be the first in their family to go to college. And after the first year of the school’s transformation, the principal who made it possible wiped away tears when a student said ‘Thank you, Mrs. Waters, for showing… that we are smart and we can make it.’” Obama said, according to his prepared remarks.
Notably, a key factor in the school’s success was a move to ditch the rules of teachers’ unions.
In 2008, the teachers there voted to reject unionization. Prior to that, the school had formed an “autonomy” agreement freeing it from local red tape and union rules.
As the Denver Post reported in May, the school’s transformation began when the principal asked every teacher to reapply. Of 40, only six were re-hired.
“Then the new staff, led by a union member, asked for autonomy from district and union rules — giving the school flexibility with its budget, hiring decisions, time, calendar and incentives,” the Post reported.
Obama did not address teachers’ unions in his address. He said the Bruce Randolph School shows “we know what’s possible for our children when reform isn’t just a top-down mandate, but the work of local teachers and principals; school boards and communities.”
>> As we sadly know, 3 years is a very short time to accomplish such earth-shaking - life-saving - generational change - in an area dominated by gang warfare systemic poverty. The only reform - and it didn't cost a penny - it wasn't a new - more expensive policy or program - the reform that brought about this redemption - of lives hearts minds souls - family generations to follow - was...
getting rid of the teacher's union AND
Barack, not only is thy name Hypocrite - you really don't give a damn about anything but your politically-connected cronies... the democrats - union thugs & their well-paid accomplices... - who have destroyed the lives the hearts the hopes the minds - the tomorrows of - only God knows - how many children. How many dreams. How many tomorrows.
Mercy comes and Mercy goes.