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megimoo
01-27-2011, 11:52 AM
President Obama spoke last night about the need to “win the race to educate our kids” and asked if we as Americans are “willing to do what’s necessary to give every child a chance to succeed.” He highlighted one school in particular—Bruce Randolph School in Denver.

“Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado; located on turf between two rival gangs,” Obama said. “But last May, 97 percent of the seniors received their diploma. Most will be the first in their family to go to college.”

What Obama failed to mention is how Bruce Randolph turned its situation around: firing teachers at will after being granted an exemption from union rules.
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Bruce Randolph was a middle school when it opened in 2002. In 2007, Denver Public Schools gave Bruce Randolph School permission to operate autonomously. It was the first school in the state to be granted autonomy from district and union rules.

Each teacher then had to reapply for his or her job. A published report said only six teachers remained.

Praising a school that fired almost the entire faculty without input from the local union probably doesn’t sit well with national teachers unions, who gave the Democrats nearly $5 million total in 2008.


http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-education-reform-real-or-fake_537368.html

noonwitch
01-27-2011, 12:20 PM
Teacher's unions piss everyone off, even liberals.

Big city schoolteachers make very good money, considering some of their results. They work 9 months of the year, they get better medical benefits than congress, and they go on strke if any of that is threatened in the slightest. At least, that is the case in Detroit, where the teachers make as much as those in Grosse Pointe or Birmingham, but only graduate 35-40% of students (Birmingham and GP have high success rates and very low drop-out rates).

Arroyo_Doble
01-27-2011, 12:53 PM
Released from district rules, eh?

I think you could solve most problems in schools by tossing 5-10% of the students.

jediab
01-27-2011, 01:37 PM
Released from district rules, eh?

I think you could solve most problems in schools by tossing 5-10% of the students.

True. But most politicians see education as a right. When a problem child gets tossed from a school, the government has to put them somewhere else. So the problem never gets solved, just shuffled around.

Lanie
01-27-2011, 04:29 PM
Obama specifically said in his speech that we need to stop making excuses for bad teachers.

Lanie
01-27-2011, 04:32 PM
True. But most politicians see education as a right. When a problem child gets tossed from a school, the government has to put them somewhere else. So the problem never gets solved, just shuffled around.

I sort of think of education as a right. If somebody is making a lot of trouble at the school (discipline problem, dangerous, etc), then they should be put in a school for specifically those kind of kids. If somebody has a lot of academic problems, then they should still be worked with (unless it can be shown that it's all about laziness).

Rockntractor
01-27-2011, 04:45 PM
Released from district rules, eh?

I think you could solve most problems in schools by tossing 5-10% of the students.

Disruptive and non-cooperative children have the God given right to an ass whooping!

megimoo
01-27-2011, 05:02 PM
Disruptive and non-cooperative children have the God given right to an ass whooping!Bring back reform schools.When a kid screwed up enough to be a problem to society they stuck him into a reform school until he was eighteen !