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October 18, 2016 in "It's a Wonderful Life", ALEC, Dave Sokola, Earl Jaques, Uncategorized, Wilmington School Distirct
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October 19, 2016 at 12:35 pm
Charters don’t take a cent from public schools, they take students and with those students goes the funding. If you buy your groceries at Acme, Shoprite can’t demand you pay them. If you stay in a Marriot, Holiday Inn cannot demand that you pay for a room you never used even if it was at the same time in the same city. If a student does not attend a public school in a certain district, that district cannot demand the funds necessary to educate a student not attending that school. If a reduction in enrollment means a reduction in staff, so be it. CTU, the Chicago Teachers Union just signed another contract after threats of a Strike. Threats of Teachers Strikes are listed as a major reason for working, taxpaying families are leaving Chicago. It’s not unreasonable for parents to hope for a stable environment to educate their children, and the never ending threat of strikes can’t provide that environment. Did the the latest Chicago Teachers Union contract save Union jobs? No, 750 teaching positions lost in the last year, but it did give some nice raises for for those smug teachers who will keep their jobs. There is no difference between teachers unions and SEPTA Unions, none. Do people respect SEPTA employees, no. Have people lost respect for Union Teachers, yes. Stop blaming Charters, Charters arise for failing Public Schools. The money necessary for educating children attracts greed driven, opportunists, like Jack Markell and Arne Anderson and Ivy League profit centers. However Teachers Unions are just as greed driven, and concerned with the most pay for the least work, which is why they dump millions into Political campaigns. Let’s return to pride, dignity and ethics.
October 19, 2016 at 1:03 pm
Thank you for a decent comment.
Let’s explore your scenario.
As usual, it is about interpretation… Let’s assume you are a manager of one of those businesses. Competition goes in, Before you had all those staying in your town coming to your business. Now you have 45% less income… Did that other business steal your money? Hell yes, because compared to before and after, you don’t have it; they do. Was it a legal theft? Yes. They stole money by building their hotel in your town so instead of one hotel doing rather well, you have two hotels struggling, laying off workers, providing poorer service and running down the quality of both brands.
Or let us say you are a single bachelor and decide to get married. She starts spending money out of your account… She is not putting money in. Soon you are close to bankrupt due to her gambling debts… In your divorce hearing does you lawyer stand up and say she was stealing your money/ Hell yes. Would most people agree? Absolutely.
So trying to hide the theft by saying it is legal, is still trying to hide the theft. The only solution as all can plainly see, is to put some strictures in place so that theft is no longer legal and then it will not occur.
Now we aren’t talking about supermarkets, hotels, or marriages. We are talking about public finances which are handled by laws; laws that are created, changed, or removed yearly by our General Assembly. We can simply change the law so Charters are forced to expire and then we do not have to have this conversation anymore.
Until then, it still stands that charters steal money that should be going to public schools and in doing so put undue pressure on those public schools to educate 90% of our students, while only 10% get a free ride. That is not fair, and no matter how much you say it is “legal”, it is immoral. and will always be, until all charter supporters are voted out of the General Assembly, and good people are voted in.
October 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm
In your argument about strikes you leave one important fact out…. There are two sides in negotiating a strike. If the district does not want a strike, they could simply choose to pay the laborers’ demands. Done. Settled.
In this case the fault lies not with the teachers. They are being brutalized. while the district throws millions to consultants who took the money and issued reports that most bloggers (especially this one) could outdo.
The district could very easily improve the quality of education by accepting the demands of their workers, which always is the right thing to do…
In this case the district did the right thing, and upgraded the contract so there was no strike.
Nothing to see here. Everything worked as it should… Now, instead poorer schools those children of Chicago, will have great schools to go to.. thanks to their teachers who threatened to go on strike unless the district did something to improve those schools…
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