i'm a career public employee, and i know off the top my head how my district could instantly right its upside down daily---and that would be to cut my current 100 minutes of prep time in half (my school does block schedules) and return us to the 50:00 everyone else gets
if my union would go this way, my district would NOT have to layoff ANY of the vibrant, young talent we are currently pink slipping, so many young moms and dads passionate about education, so many in terrifyingly upside down mortgages...
i brought it up at a union meeting last year, since it was a school gathering i had to preface my remark with something like---i know this thought is gonna create a lot of animosity and i don't mean it that way, please forgive me for expressing it but it's just a thought...
now, if i'd have made my recommendation at a district wide union meeting, the room would've exploded, all the primary and middle schoolers stamping their feet
in other words, i never would have said it before such an audience
still, everyone knows what's up
longterm---without fundamental reform of teacher tenure, you will never see major improvement in the quality of our product
it really shouldn't be partisan