Here’s a snapshot of what happens when the teachers’ union hijacks the human resources department of our school district and all of us stand around acting like nothing’s wrong:
The data for this chart came from 2009 KCCT scores from schooldigger.com. Experienced teachers = Teachers who pull down over $60,000, which come from the JCPS salary schedule. You want another salary benchmark? Do your own chart!
Yes, I know there are more students at Manual than Shawnee, more students at Male than at Western. But let’s get real here. If I had just used Manual, Male, Shawnee and Western we’d have a ratio of 79:4 instead of 151:26 and the percentage difference skyrockets to 1974%. No matter how you adjust for population differences, the numbers are eye-popping.
The point here is that there is a wildly inequitable distribution of teaching experience at JCPS. This is the teachers’ union’s fault. This is the board of education’s fault. And it’s our fault for voting in the bozos on the school board who approved the contract that has allowed this to happen.
So, zero experienced teachers at Shawnee, the worst school in the state, hence, one of the worst schools in the nation? ZERO?! I’d love to have a conversation with a union goon who can justify having ZERO long-timers at Shawnee. I’d also want them hooked up to a polygraph machine with something that zaps them with about 60 volts every time they lied. You know they’re going to tell a few good whoppers to justify this nonsense. I can hear it now, “blah, blah, blah long-time teachers should be rewarded for their hard work blah, blah, blah.”
Yes, I agree. That’s called a $72,000/year paycheck that translates into over a $100,000 a year in health benefits, retirement, vacation and days off. Add having summers off to spend with your children to that list. I think that’s a mighty fine reward. Hey, I didn’t even extrapolate that salary for a full-year of employment. Do the math in your head!
Why wasn’t Joe Burks, assistant superintendent of high schools and candidate for JCPS superintendent, sounding the alarms when these staffing arrangements were approved? Why wasn’t he waking up HR Guy, Williams Eckels? What’s going on over there at Van Hoose Palace? Is everyone over there playing Farmville?
We all know how this situation happened. It goes a little something like this:
*Teachers’ union spends $500,000 to endorse union-friendly board of education candidates.
*Union-friendly board of education candidates approve grown-up-friendly teachers’ union contract.
*Teachers’ union contract lets teachers with most seniority pick their place of employment.
*Teachers avoid schools and neighborhoods with poor and low-performing kids like the Plague.
In case you’re having trouble painting a mental picture, here’s a map to help you visualize JCPS’ failing schools a little better:
Here are the KCCT scores for this mess of schools:
I couldn’t decide which chart to post so I’ll just use both of them:
Look at those test scores! Hey, I think those poor kids are doing a pretty good job considering the teachers’ union has practically left them with some of the least-experienced teachers in the entire district. Great job, teachers! And shame on you, JCTA!
The teachers’ union has invested an enormous amount of money and effort into essentially denying poor and low-performing students an equal education. If we all know that these are the students who need the most academic help, why is JCTA allowed to rig the system to guarantee that poor kids fail? And why aren’t community leaders or JCPS doing more to stop JCTA from rigging the system?
Do you see why we have forced busing? It’s so JCPS administrators and JCTA teachers can look you dead in the eye and say, “Regardless of a child’s race or socioeconomic background, all children in JCPS have access to an equal education.”
We all know it’s a big, fat lie.