mouth, Doug Tuthill who already takes millions from Florida tax payers through
Step up for Students, Florida’s voucher program wrote in Jeb Bush’s blog
Bush offered the nation’s teacher unions a grand bargain: “If unions released
their grip on political levers, and parental choice was absolute, many public
school reforms would be unnecessary because the desired results would be
achieved through market forces.”
teachers unions will accept this deal and embrace full parental empowerment in
exchange for full teacher empowerment, but only after membership nationally
slips below 25 percent. With market share in the low twenties, financial
necessity will force unions to expand their business model to include educators
working in charter, private and virtual schools.
private schools typical make less and pay more for their benefits than their
public school counterparts. Let alone how they don’t perform better. Nor does
he mention all the money sucked out of classrooms that vouchers and charter
schools do. His step up for students takes out nearly 7 million annually. Also I don’t know of anything but employers threatening teachers jobs that stops teachers from organizing at charter schools and private schools. Oh wait, yeah.
criticize public schools that have decided to compete against private and
charter schools. He wrote in the same article:
Pinellas County Superintendent Mike Grego is “studying the
number and location of charter and private schools” in the district to fine
tune his strategy for recapturing lost market share. “I believe as a public
school system we ought to compete,” he said.
of Grego’s strategy includes putting new magnet programs in closed school
buildings so he won’t be pressured to sell these buildings to charter school
this will waste tax dollars by creating excess capacity in several neighboring
district schools is apparently not a concern.
districts should not be competing for market share.
Oy vey, so let me sum up,
he wants unions to be forced into a position of irrelevancy while attempting to
get private entities to throw their members nickels and he thinks competition should
just be one way. This is who we are up against, he all but admits the destruction of unions and public schools is his goal.