Wednesday, February 22, 2006

John Stossel on Teacher Unions

This week's entry in Stossel's ongoing series on public schools is, as usual, worth a read.

There's a teacher at our local high school who is badly in need of firing. It's clear to parents that the only reason he's still employed is the school and/or the district doesn't want to go to the trouble and expense of letting him go. They'd rather deal with a parade of parents making appointments to complain and, on occasion, pulling their children out of his class, than face dealing with the process of firing him. It's a sad situation.

If parents had school choice, at least they could have an impact on the retention of bad teachers by leaving for another school...currently the only taxpayer-funded school choice available in most situations is opting for a charter school.

Update: Speaking of school vouchers, Michelle Malkin reports that Hillary Clinton has come unhinged on the subject of school vouchers, charging that freedom of choice would lead to a "School of the Church of the White Supremacist" or a "School of the Jihad."


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