Posts Tagged ‘education reform’
Two unrelated articles show how the education of children comes last when dealing with the government education bureaucracy and the labor unions representing teachers. In San Diego, the unions and the district struck a deal yesterday to avoid 1,481 layoffs, according to the U-T.
SAN DIEGO — Petitions containing more than 133,000 signatures were turned-in to the San Diego City Clerk for verification Friday during a news conference in support of the San Diego Unified School District Accountability and Student Performance Initiative.
The measure requires at least 93,085 valid signatures to qualify for the next citywide election. The City Clerk contracts with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters to conduct the validation. The Clerk and the Registrar have 60 working days to complete the process and report the results to the San Diego City Council.
As published in The Presidio Sentinel on April 1, 2011.
By Paul M Bowers
A new ballot measure aims to make San Diego schools better for kids by increasing accountability and focusing the school board’s attention away from politics and onto student performance. The initiative was created by San Diegans 4 Great Schools, a broad-based coalition of parents, taxpayers and community leaders who support a forward-thinking solution to the current governance structure that frustrates many at San Diego Unified School District.
“A cohesive education bureaucracy isn’t necessarily a good thing – not if that cohesion serves to preserve an unsatisfactory status quo at a time when school districts and states across the nation are climbing on the reform bandwagon.” – A Chance for Education Cohesion @sdut
Frankly, that statement doesn’t go far enough when you look at once-failing school districts in Washington, D.C. and Detroit that had to wage war with the teachers unions in order to make educational gains for their students. And of course, the political powers in those cities who backed the aggressive shutting and consolidating of schools and the firing of under-performing teachers suffered the union wrath come election time.