Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Education Bill.... and what was taken out

Thanks to the Teachers Union, a provision to allow superintendent to fire a teacher at a failing school, regardless of job performance was taken out of the bill. The watered down bill now goes to the House where it has already been labeled a bad bill and will do nothing to help the failing schools. Not since 1993 has the State had any changes to the way education of our children is being done. Keep in mind, that we (Mass) has only a few weeks left to get our act together to qualify for the Fed's 250 million in stimulus money. The Unions will also fight an amendment baring Towns from setting up charter schools without union approval.

While I don't think tax dollars should be taken away from primary schools, only to fund charter schools, I do think there needs to be some way of measuring the performance of the teachers in failing schools. I do believe it's more social economic related in many areas of our state, but to not be held to some standard, like the rest of the working class, doesn't seem fair. It's estimated that there will be 300 and 400 amendments the House will have to contend with on this one bill. All this.. .while they are on vacation. Down to the wire is what we will see, just like the Fed's with Health Care Reform now, a mad dash by the unions and their lobbyists to buy their way out of reasonable legislation that helps the masses.


At December 16, 2009 at 4:42 PM , Blogger Derek said...

How did the teachers union get so strong that it can force things to happen that are not good for our kids and not good for our wallets? Something is very wrong with this picture. Don’t kid yourself lobbyists run this country not politicians and the teachers must be paying an awful lot of good lobbyists in this state to continue to get away with not being accountable for their students level of learning. I am a trainer at my job and if my trainees were all unable to perform the tasks I trained them for you can bet the bosses would be looking to me to see what in the process is failing. Not so in education here in MA. Chater Schools, agree with them or not, the reason they exists is because concerned parents can not depend on public schools in their communites to give their children a good education. Our children are our most valuable assets, not green power or cleaner water. The future of the human race depends on what our children can do, and what our children’s children do and if they are not well educated in the basics then we can not hold out much hope for a good future. Like my dad always said, you put garbage in, you will get garbage out.

At December 16, 2009 at 5:16 PM , Blogger Friend said...

How much money do we stand to lose in this state if we don't get our act together on time for that education funding stuff?


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