The below story from the Daily Signal is a prime example of why unions need to go and more school choice needs to be implemented. There is nothing to add, unions and teachers demands have become nothing but pure unadulterated greed. Its time to stop the madness. Public service sector jobs are not intended to enrich you for your retirement..
Nearly all schools in Detroit were closed Wednesday due to a massive teacher “sick out,” preventing students from attending class.
Teachers have complained about over-crowded classrooms, poor school conditions, and dissatisfaction with the idea of charter school growth in Michigan.
The teachers’ sick-out includes a planned march, which will conclude near a venue being visited by President Barack Obama Wednesday. Meanwhile, 46,000 kids are unable to attend school in Detroit.
Among those 46,000, it’s likely that less than 4,000 of them can read proficiently.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, just 8 percent of Detroit eighth-graders can read proficiently. Eight percent.
And just seven in 10 students graduate.
But lack of progress is due not to a lack of resources in Detroit public schools, which spend roughly $16,000 per pupil per year. According to the Mackinac Center and a separate analysis by Randan Steinhauser:
– About 75 percent of the annual District budget goes toward paying employees covered by its current collective bargaining agreement for teachers.
– Out of a new $7,450-per-pupil grant the Detroit school district will receive this year, $4,400 will be spent on debt servicing and benefits for teachers who have retired.
– The superintendent can select up to two “professional associations” (unions) to be a member of each year, and the district (taxpayers) will reimburse his membership dues.
– DPS has a debt of over $3.5 billion, which includes unfunded pension liabilities.