i have a question, though. if we remove collective bargaining, cut salaries to $30k a year, cut benefits, and remove job security from teaching positions, will enough conservatives step up and fill those jobs?
education can't be run like a business. a business can discontinue an underperforming product. a school cannot. and giving performance bonuses to teachers instead of salary will encourage the best teachers to avoid the students who need the most help.
secondly, a private sector union can only push so far or the private business closes or relocates. Not so with public schools.
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
teachers are hardly making out like bandits. my parents never got to "clock out" at the end of the day. the work continued until they went to bed most nights, and weekends were spent grading and preparing. they worked their asses off, as do most good teachers. and even with the union, the wages were not competitive with what they could have made in the private sector in the 80s and 90s. the wages became competitive only after decades of outsourcing collapsed the economy. they kept teaching because they believed in it and loved the kids. my entire area is better because of their hard work.
the Republican solution in my state has been to cut funding to schools by more than $300 million, close schools, fire teachers, gut collective bargaining, and to promote policies which will lead to teaching to the test. it has been a continuous assault on public education, basically.