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Re: “Teacher Protests Scheduled for Tonight Throughout Idaho

I do get it. You interpret the data according to your bias (unions are good, money=education). But unions operate to advance their own interests. I understand the rational for private-sector unions (which protect employees from corporations). Public unions however, including teachers unions, protect the employee from the taxpayer. The teachers union tried to run the Harlem Success Academy out of town. If they were actually protecting the interests of the community, they would have done everything they could to support this huge asset to the children. (Watch "The Lottery" if you want to see the whole story.) But they were protecting their own interests (money, resources, power) to the detriment of the children being served. They compete for dollars out of self interest, not because it advances the performance of the children.

Posted by gracieallan on 02/27/2011 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Teacher Protests Scheduled for Tonight Throughout Idaho

If you don't like my private school info, you could look at the performance of Harlem Success Academy (a charter school in New York City) whose cost per pupil is less than the public system, but who outperforms the public school academically. The student population there is taken from the same pool as the public school, but they are getting better results on less money. One difference, incidentally, is they do not offer union contracts to their teachers.

Posted by gracieallan on 02/25/2011 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Teacher Protests Scheduled for Tonight Throughout Idaho

Just for fun, I checked out a few figures. Idaho ranks 37th in the nation for the average teacher's salary (…). At first that sounds low, but when you consider that Idaho ranks 38th in the nation for cost of living (…), that might make the salary figure sound about right.

Posted by gracieallan on 02/24/2011 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Teacher Protests Scheduled for Tonight Throughout Idaho

Mr. Nicholson,

Contrary to union propaganda, education funding and student performance are not directly relational. When I taught in a private school in Washington, our cost per student was about 40% less than the public school, and yet our students outperformed them by 27 points on nationally normed achievement tests.

As for college preparedness, Idaho students averaged 1601 on the SAT, compared to the national average of 1509.

Posted by gracieallan on 02/24/2011 at 7:43 PM

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