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.
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.
Instead of standing in the way of laws like SB 1070 that many Americans favor, a federal court has finally made a decision worthy of praise by temporarily blocking the National Labor Relations Board from forcing businesses to display a poster informing employees of their right to unionize.
Enough talk about the gloves coming off. They have been off for months. The only difference now is that Republicans can stop wasting time directing their attacks at each other, and can focus their attention on someone infinitely more deserving of conservative bile than other Republicans.
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.
When the president’s cronies talk about planning for the 21st century we should assume they are up to no good. Arne Duncan is still hard at work helping the president level the playing field while trying to free up money to appease teachers’ unions.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan sounded delusional as he pushed his department’s new Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy initiative. He talked about the importance of teaching civics in our schools, forgetting that the best way to teach is by example. Does Duncan really believe that Washington in the time of Barack Obama teaches a lesson that is anything but destructive to our democracy?