Anyone else astonished by the outright monopoly public teachers across America feel that they have regarding education and funding? In the latest incident in Sacramento, 1,000 public school teachers stormed the capital demanding more money for education and at the same time pushing to cut funding for our charter schools. Many citizens are getting tired of this less for more direction that public education has been on and want the ability to choose the school their child attends. Californians must demand their money to follow the students and not the wishes of California’s powerful teacher’s union. California teachers, who are taking the day off from teaching our children, thought it was more important to demand more money and pushing policies that limit charter schools and their funding.
If you look across the country, public teachers’ unions have adopted the color red, marched on state capitals and used their power to silence critics through sheer numbers and intimidation. If we were to give parents and their children the choice, you would get much better results and more accountability. Why are teachers’ unions throughout America afraid of competition? Why are teachers’ unions against vouchers? Do teachers unions think it is OK to continually underfund their enormous pension obligations?
The California Teachers Association does not want education to evolve into the 21st century. They hold on tightly to arcane policies regarding education, funding and compensation. Keep in mind that they do all this while striking, protesting and running up huge deficits that taxpayers are ultimately liable for.
Christopher P. Conway