Are Republicans willing to shed serious political blood in the battle over public school reform? Will they go to war over school funding? In education money has become everything, and as we heard from the Congressional Budget Office last week, extra money is not something we should count on for school funding or anything else. It took us a long time to grow a public school system that forces us to spend too much, in part because we collaborate with unions over public employees (see: Union Stance Ridicules Duncan’s Collaboration Efforts).
There is a lot of angry whining rising from the streets of Chicago. Chicago Teachers Union members are showing themselves to be cut from the same cloth as the occupiers who infested the city during the NATO Summit.
Chicago teachers have swapped places with the occupiers. They found time to wail away during a work day rally this week while the Chicago Teachers Union continued threats to cut off an essential public service with a strike.
How does it feel to know that your government is betting on foreign students to rescue America from decline? Homeland Security is helping to make sure that your college-bound children compete with foreign students judged to be the “best and brightest.” Why do we protect American goods from foreign competition, but actively raise the stakes against our young people when it comes to education and jobs?
Should conservatives save themselves a lot of heartache and throw in the towel now? Republicans seem unable to get their message out without looking like villains (see: Do Republicans Want to be America’s Enemies?). With so many prime targets and renewed support from women a possibility thanks to Hilary Rosen, did House GOP members have to select a program to fund the newest bailout that could be used to throw women’s health in their faces?
Want to see where education in America is headed if we continue to allow public employee unions to trample taxpayers? Have a look at Illinois. This week brought a firestorm over news that the head of the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System had broached the idea of reducing pension benefits for retired teachers. In the resulting media frenzy unions got the word out to members and taxpayers footing the bill for public employees that the benefits are chiseled in stone.