Families win too.
Now who pays for those grants?
The teachers unions want desperately to maintain their near monopoly.
Public school teachers are arguably the most important voting block for the Democrats by the way.
The teacher’s unions might be the most powerful lobby in the Democratic Party.
Like we just said, wins and losses with Trump. This is a solid win for those of us who have long railed against crony teachers unions.
The average cost for educating a public school student is roughly $11,000 per year on average in the USA. In Washington DC however taxpayers spend over $29,000 per student per year. Yet DC schools are a complete and total disaster and have been forever. Where’s all the money going?
I live where there are no teachers unions and our public schools are excellent. I have had very few complaints and this is coming from someone who is adamantly for vouchers and supports home schooling. The teachers where I live are paid well. They have generous benefits. But they don’t strike in the interest of creating “crisis.” Generally speaking they seem to be interested in educating my kids.
I had an old professor in college who long ago had escaped communist Yugoslavia who had no tolerance for collectivist nonsense.
My family is full of teachers. I respect teachers. I value what they do. But let’s get real here. This – as my old buddy might say – is “a straight up jack move” from the unions. This is theft from the taxpayers. Sorry. I know your union “negotiated” the pensions with politicians which got money from your union but it is just stealing with the veneer of bureaucratic legitimacy. You know it. We know it.
The median household income (total) in Illinois is $54,916.
I know someone who went to school in Nevada during another era. Let’s just say it looks like the Silver State is improving things on the education front.
For too long many of the teachers in teacher’s unions have thought the schools are for them before the students.That schools are places of employment before places of education. Here’s hoping they learn otherwise very soon.
Public unions are immensely powerful special interests. Teachers unions are among the most politically powerful. And nowhere are these unions more powerful than in California.
I am going to admit something here. Though I have educators all through my family and I have the greatest respect for teaching as a profession (in the sense that Socrates was a teacher) I have little respect for our public schooling system. Though I went through one of the “best” public school systems in the United States nearly my entire experience, with a few shining exceptions, was of mediocrity of thought and effort from both the teachers and the students.
The education establishment is crumbling. Times have changed and our schools need to too, radically. We should be less interested in creating good little automatons who will fit neatly into the state and/or corporate world. No, we should be more interested in unleashing the computers in the heads of our little ones.
As we have noted before, Eric Holder’s crusade against the voucher program in Louisiana hurts children and parents who want a better life for their children. This is not about racial equity, this is about failing schools not wanting to lose the good kids (with better test scores which determine funding) they have. This is about teachers and administrators keeping their jobs. It’s not about the children. It’s about the adults. It’s not about justice. It’s about appeasing an important voting block.
I know a number of people who align themselves generally with the Democratic Party who are very much in favor of deep reform in public schools, and school choice. But the teachers unions roll all over these folks.