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  •  There is always the complaint that unions (7+ / 0-)

    protect bad teachers.  I'm not saying that it never happens, but more to the point, they protect good teachers.
    I know a phenomenal teacher who has spent her entire career at a small private christian school.  She is one of those teachers who changes kids lives.  She is constantly stressed by how capricious the principal and the school board can be.  He will overload her with classes, to the point where other teachers complain.  She is always concerned that she may lose her job because she doesn't look young enough.  She is in her fifties, and can run circles around a teenager, but that isn't the issue.  And for all that, she makes perhaps 2/3's of what a public school teacher in the area is paid.
    Heving watched things she has had to contend with over the years, I wish she had a union to protect her.

    •  Administrators often ignore bad teachers (2+ / 0-)
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      My wife is a teacher in an urban public high school and I'm a very soon to retire administrator in the IT department of the district. My observation over the years at her school is that while there were poor teachers (some outright bad ones), they were far less protected by the union than their performance ignored by administrators who either didn't care, didn't want to be involved, ignored what was going on, or had too many other things to do. Straightforward processes and procedures exist within the union contract and the policies and regulations of the district to deal with the situation that could have resulted in the teachers being removed had they been followed. The rub, or course, was and remains getting the administrators to take the time to follow the established procedures.

      •  It takes time, effort and consistancy (0+ / 0-)

        and a lot of people can't be bothered to get rid of an inadequate teacher.  It's the same in the private sector in a corporation.  Some managers will do it and others can't be bothered and ignore the lousy employee until lay off time.  

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