Eliminating Teacher’s Unions Will Not Improve Education!

by Free Speech on May 27, 2011

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

On Monday night, May 2nd, I attended a listening session scheduled by Representative Keith Ripp at the Lodi Library. This session was not well publicized; but we were told future sessions will be announced on his website. So if you are interested in attending a listening session; check there.

One of the comments from the group peaked my interest. One gentleman very earnestly stated that he felt that eliminating teacher’s unions would improve education in the state; and that that the system would have better outcomes.

I did a bit of research this morning and find that the facts do not bear this out.

There are ten states without binding teacher contracts. They are: Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, S. Carolina, Arizona, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Out of these 10 states, only one (Virginia) has an average rank above the median, while four are in the bottom 10, and seven are in the bottom 15. These data make it very clear that states without binding teacher contracts are not doing better, and the majority are actually among the lowest performers in the nation. (Washington Post 10/25/2010)

This is based on the 2009 scores on the NAEP (National Assessment of Education Progress) for 4th and 8th grade math and reading.

In 2009 Wisconsin ranked 15th on the same test in reading and math concepts for 4th and 8th grades

Massachusetts with a strong, vibrant union presence scored #1 on all of these tests.

It seems to me that you get what you pay for. If we want our children to do well and be competitive in this 21st Century world; we have to develop strong teacher’s unions with excellent pay and benefits. The average salary in MA is $67,577 not including benefits or pension.

Wisconsin’s population rose by 6% according to the last census. Our citizens tend to stick around. I am the sixth generation in my family to live within miles of my current home. Wisconsin has always been a great place to live and our census bears this out.

Perhaps it would be better to invest in the children of our state instead of giving tax breaks to multi national corporations that may or may not hang around.

Suzanne Ferriter

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1 Deb Fallon June 1, 2011 at 7:21 AM

Thanks for the information. Education is the most important thing someone has that can help them throughout their lifetime and it should be highly valued. Wisconsin has a great reputation across the nation for good schools and the fact that we have value teachers and schools, including the value of workers in our state has made this possible. Unions have set the standard for fair labor practices and fair wages over decades and have given many people the respect they deserve, including setting standards many private industries use commonly. When you dig further you find giving people bargaining rights gives them dignity and control over work conditions that most powerful tyrants would love to take away and they are doing it in so many ways, many hidden today. Education is one of the only things that going to help you navigate to the truth of the matters at hand.

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