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Yet Another Classic Example of How Teacher Unions are Destroying the Quality of Education

h/t Town Hall

Coming to you from the Nevada Policy Research Institute blog:

First, congratulations to Judith Alfaro, Daniel Cano, Edward Savarese, Chris Reger, Alison Zelton, Brad Keating, and Taylor Pfatenhauer for being named Clark County School District’s New Teachers of the Year.
Second, you’re fired.

That doesn’t make any sense, does it? Of course not, but thanks to a recent victory for the union bosses in the Nevada State Education Association and the Clark County Education Association that’s exactly what’s happening.

Last week, the seven teachers listed above were honored by the CCSD Board of Trustees as the best new teachers in the District. While these teachers received plaques applauding their accomplishments, they are among the lowest teachers on the seniority totem pole.

Regardless, after an unelected, unaccountable arbitrator from California rewarded CCEA’s stalling tactics by siding with the union in arbitration, CCSD announced it would be forced to lay off up to 1,000 teachers. Thanks to the efforts of union bossesto preserve seniority in layoffs, only 38 teachers with disciplinary problems will be released before seniority-based layoffs begin.

Since there are less than 850 first year teachers, seven of CCSD’s best new teachers will be getting pink slips.

The quality of education in our country just sinks lower and lower as time goes by…and it seems like time is passing by very quickly these days.

Yet Teacher Unions continue to insist on holding on to outdated policies that do nothing whatsoever in a practical sense to reward and advance those teachers who strive to be (and succeed in being) good teachers.   By their actions, these unions are contributing to a perpetuation of what those of us who are concerned about the quality of education considers to be a national tragedy.

I genuinely hope that the parents and taxpayers in the Clark Country area of Nevada will make their voices heard and stand up for their children against this pervasive form of action by the teachers union in their area.

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