From today's NYT:
The Bloomberg administration has made getting rid of inadequate teachers a linchpin of its efforts to improve city schools. But in the two years since the Education Department began an intensive effort to root out such teachers from the more than 55,000 who have tenure, officials have managed to fire only three for incompetence.
If you ever doubted that the public education system is more rigged than a Vince McMahon promoted wrestling match, then just look at the statistic cited above.
Bloomberg has only been able to fire three teachers for incompetence. In two years. And this is after making it a priority. Three is the tragic number.
Tragic for the kids trapped in these educational hell holes. Tragic for their parents who are powerless against an unrelenting bureaucracy & an all powerful Teacher's Union.
You know what that number three means? It means that the public education system's primary purpose is to provide citizens with JOBS FOR LIFE. Jobs where there is no accountability. Jobs where being incompetent means you get to collect a check for life, and there is nothing anybody can do about it.
You can be drunk and not get fired. You can molest kids and not get fired. You can know less about teaching than Plaxico Burress knows about handgun safety & not get fired.
Union rules protect all of the above & more.
It's easier to remove a pope than to fire a public school teacher.
Collective bargaining agreements between NYC & the Teacher's Union have for GENERATIONS sold our kids down the river.
Once the city identifies an incompetent teacher and targets them for removal, that's when the fun begins. The teacher gets a union lawyer. And an arbitration hearing. These hearing drag on longer than the OJ trial. They go on for years. And years. Tragically, I'm not even slightly exaggerating. All during that time, the teacher is still on the public payroll. While the case is dragging on, the teacher reports to the "Rubber Room". They stay in the Rubber Room all day, hanging out, reading the newspaper, playing cards etc. All on the public tit.
As for the arbitrators, lets face it: they won't be in the arbitration business for long if they constantly rule against the Union. So they "split the baby". Moreover, the longer the arbitration process, the more the arbitrator gets paid.
Recently,we all saw the horrible effects of the earthquake in Haiti. Images of people buried under the rubble are seared into our collective memory.
But everyday, we have kids here that are being crushed underneath an unrelenting, unaccountable public education system.
They don't need charity telethons, "We Are The World" remakes, or Anderson Cooper reporting from the carnage.
But what they do need is a way out. And that way out is a school voucher or a charter school.
The time has come.