Thursday, November 17, 2005

Study comes out blaming teacher's unions for ills of schools

Such evil things that unionized teachers do. They should be teaching these kids that God created the world in 6 days!
Clown Karen McCarty, left, escorts Daniel M. and Siama P. , two hearing impaired kindergartners from Hackensack New Jersey's Union School for the Deaf into the 'Circus of the Senses,' Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, in New York for Big Apple Circus's once a year-special peformance geared for children with vision and hearing impairments. After the performance a select group of children are allowed into the ring for a 'touch' session to meet the performers, toucn the animals, and feel the costumes and the sawdust. The Big Apple Circus performs at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park in New York through Jan. 8. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Three guesses at who is funding the 'non-profit' orgnization that created report.

Teacher union contracts are thwarting efforts to improve schools in big cities by placing seniority rights and other teacher protections ahead of the needs of schools and students, said a report released Wednesday by a national research organization.

The study of five large school systems nationwide, including the San Diego Unified School District, found that union staffing rules often allowed veteran teachers to transfer to new assignments without giving administrators a say in the matter.

Try three correct guesses:

Big business

Fat cats

People who hate having public schools and unions.

In fact it has been shown that a consortium has been formed of donors and "investigators" that makes sure that right wing talking points gets presented to the public as some kind of report or 'scientific fact'.

The effort is guided by Grover Norquist, who -- some say -- has a regular meeting with Karl Rove.

The donors are also members of the Heritage foundation that is admittedly trying to get extreme conservative thought to the the accepted truth in this nation.

Funny these people don't find that the GOP defunding schools have hurt them nor the 25 years in which the US has been actively backing the the transfer of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy and powerful until Mom and Dad each work and commute an average of 9-10 hours a day.

Are Americans going to be fooled again by 'truth' cooked up by fat cats and those who hate public schools?

And look who is running hand in hand with those who are cooking up new facts:

Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Roy Romer and New York schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein.

What can you do about such rewrites about known issues? Well, for one you can ignore them. This is obviously so much right wing talking points platform that we should be able to understand, now that we know who is funding these 'reports', that they are just a scam on the American public.

LA Times

Usenet Copy

Washington Post took the report personally (for their area).

Final note on this. Checking out "The New Teacher Project" that made this report, we find the CEO is Michelle Rhee.

Apparently getting new nonunionized people into teaching is her "thing".

In 2002 Business week has her saying"
"Basically, our program tries to eradicate the bureaucracy," says Michelle Rhee, chief executive officer of the New Teacher Project, a New York-based nonprofit consultancy that helps districts recruit new teachers. Other cities that offer such programs include Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, to name a few.

Competition for these programs can be stiff -- as many as nine applications for every spot in some districts, Rhee says. No previous experience working in education is required. "But people who are looking for the next thing or who have been laid off for a while and just need a job usually don't get recruited," says Rhee.

SERVING THE UNDERSERVED. The best candidates for these programs tend to be professionals in law, finance, medicine, and other fields who have been extremely successful in their careers. "You have to be a high-achieving person who has a desire to teach in low-income and underserved communities," Rhee adds.

Don't go into teaching because you're unemployed and free training is most likely to go to mid-life rich changers who are already very successful according to Ms Rhee.

And, the report her 'non profit' put out recently after a few years of supposedly diligent research found that teachers unions are hindering her program and should be ditched. How very self serving. The big question is why was this put out as news, instead of the commentary it most clearly is.


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