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Strike Looms

Philly Test Scores

Detroit School Woes

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Dear Lowman,

Two things we need to do and one that we don't: We need to stop teachers from striking with their immense negative impact on families and on student learning and we need to encourage choice in education, choice to use Charter Schools or nongovernment, citizen funded schools and what we don't need is more spending and, in particular, more spending on constructing bricks and mortar. The Goal of Schools is to educate: whatever improves student learning performance, we need to do and whatever doesn't is a waste of time, money and resources.
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Strike Fears Loom in Saucon Valley

Teachers strike for more money not more and better education for students. It is time to eliminate the strike threat at government monopoly schools. Let the School Boards and Teachers' negotiate wages and work rules. Simon Campbell's Stop Teacher Strikes in Pennsylvania is for negotiated rather than government arbitrator imposed contract. Strikes do not help students learn.

Philadelphia Test Scores Are Up, But Not Enough

Heartbreaking and, unaccountably, the achievement gap between white and Asian and black and Hispanic remains. Is it time for a change?

Fewer than half of city schoolchildren can read at grade level, and only slightly more can perform math at grade level.

The Obama Administration and the US Department of Education are using $5 BILLION in Stimulus money sent to the States to promote and expand the Charter School option despite resistance from School Teachers' Unions. This is encouraging and we need to encourage it. I am not for Stimulus and think US education has been 'federalized' but this is what it is and this may be the only way to break the stranglehold that Education Establishment has on schools, particularly, the truly excrutiating failures of inner city Government Monopoly Schools with protected labor force. Competition and choice promote quality, innovation, improvement and failure has a consequence. Charter schools can go out of business, very few government schools ever close. However, see Detroit for more heartbreak.

School Woes Not Only In Philadelphia

Robert Bobb

For some real anguish, see this article on the corruption in Detroit's school system. Inner city kids are screwed over by the government monopoly of schools with its protected labor force; the best teacher and the worst teacher with same seniority get the same pay, not an incentive for improvement.

Robert Bobb, emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools, shown last week, is expected to decide this month whether to make a bankruptcy filing.

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