Author’s note April 15, 2020: two important events changed this discussion since the last update. Elizabeth Warren is out of the presidential race. It happened with barely a whimper. The other event is the arrival of the coronavirus. That one is a roar, but it may include a silver lining for taxpayers struggling to support the cost of public education.
Sometimes the truth really hurts. It can hurt more than a smack in the mouth or a remark made during a campaign debate, like Chris Christie’s comment about a prominent teachers union deserving a punch in the face. For a lot of us who live in union-friendly cities and states, a punch in the face would be infinitely more pleasurable than having another bite taken from our incomes.
The Department of Education is giving its all to turn the failure to achieve equity in education into a civil rights problem. Tossing the race card on the table was a shamelessly transparent follow-up to the release of civil rights data on inequality in school discipline (see: Universal Preschool: Civil Rights and Race, or Bad Kids?
Chicago Teachers Union efforts to forestall school closings have joined pension reform in an all-out war to make sure Illinois taxpayers drown in debt. CTU hopes it can win a July court battle to stop the closures while downstate the legislative session draws to a close with competing House and Senate pension reform bills.
What an embarrassment for teachers who do justice to their profession when fellow educators display their disrespect for this country by donning red shirts that summon Chairman Mao as they take to the streets in displays of civil disobedience. Thankfully, the new Chicago teacher protests over school closings spared us the sea of communist red we witnessed during last fall’s teachers’ strike.
How do we make sure that our classrooms are taught by effective teachers? Fire them. The government solution to fixing anything to do with its workforce is to throw more money at problems and employees, whether or not that money exists.
The Obama Executive Order list is growing. Proclaiming “We Can’t Wait,” the White House has become comfortable going around Congress with the excuse that gridlock is getting in the way of saving the economy. The new immunity program for illegals shows just how far this administration is willing to go to keep supporters happy.