Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Teachers Deserve Merit Pay

Eric Hogue has a good piece about one of the many problems with California public education:

San Francisco's public school teachers tonight will propose a 12 percent increase in their salaries -- roughly the same boost their boss received in November.

Leaders of the United Educators of San Francisco, the union representing about 6,000 teachers, classroom aides and other school workers, say the jump is only fair considering the Board of Education raised Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's salary from $223,000 to $250,000 and gave her a hefty housing allowance.

"The Board of Education has made a statement to the community that that's the level of increase they're willing to make for the superintendent," said union president Dennis Kelly. "We expect that kind of respect to be paid to the teachers."

Don't you think these folks need a "real job" too, compared to the "protected government job" they oversee currently? (Can you say 'Merit Pay'?)

How does free market competition goes over for educational members?

Uh, I see.

I see too!

Gotta reform the system, Governator!

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