Public school teachers are unhappy and striking again? What a surprise!
What do they want? More pay, less work (smaller classes) and less accountability (no testing).
I support these teachers, and I say give them everything they want. Here’s a reasonable way for the Legislature to meet all their demands:
• Make public school union dues optional (more take-home pay for teachers without increasing taxes).
• Significantly expand charter schools (fewer students, less work).
• Let the students decide if there’s going to be a test today.
At the same time, the Legislature should give homeowners the right to redirect state property taxes towards private school tuition; to schools that embrace accountability and testing; to schools that allow parents and all taxpayers to evaluate students, teachers and administrators.
The parents and students who lack expectations can keep their kids in their local failing public school, a school with happy students and teachers.