Friday, January 3, 2014
Education reformer admits, destruction of teachers unions is the goal.
Ugh, I will just get right to the horses mouth, Doug Tuthill who already takes millions from Florida tax payers through Step up for Students, Florida’s voucher program wrote in Jeb Bush’s blog ReDefined Ed:
Jeb Bush offered the nation’s teacher unions a grand bargain: “If unions released their grip on political levers, and parental choice was absolute, many public school reforms would be unnecessary because the desired results would be achieved through market forces.”
Eventually, teachers unions will accept this deal and embrace full parental empowerment in exchange for full teacher empowerment, but only after membership nationally slips below 25 percent. With market share in the low twenties, financial necessity will force unions to expand their business model to include educators working in charter, private and virtual schools.
He doesn’t mention that teachers at charter schools and private schools typical make less and pay more for their benefits than their public school counterparts. Let alone how they don’t perform better. Nor does he mention all the money sucked out of classrooms that vouchers and charter schools do. His step up for students takes out nearly 7 million annually. Also I don't know of anything but employers threatening teachers jobs that stops teachers from organizing at charter schools and private schools. Oh wait, yeah.
Then this stalwart of free market capitalism goes on to criticize public schools that have decided to compete against private and charter schools. He wrote in the same article: Pinellas County Superintendent Mike Grego is “studying the number and location of charter and private schools” in the district to fine tune his strategy for recapturing lost market share. “I believe as a public school system we ought to compete,” he said.
Part of Grego’s strategy includes putting new magnet programs in closed school buildings so he won’t be pressured to sell these buildings to charter school operators.
That this will waste tax dollars by creating excess capacity in several neighboring district schools is apparently not a concern.
School districts should not be competing for market share.