If you want to see why teacher unions are part of the problem in our public schools, you have to look no farther than the situation in Central Falls. Here is some must-read commentary from the Business Insider:
A school superintendent in Rhode Island is trying to fix an abysmally bad school system.
Her plan calls for teachers at a local high school to work 25 minutes longer per day, each lunch with students once in a while, and help with tutoring. The teachers’ union has refused to accept these apparently onerous demands.
The teachers at the high school make $70,000-$78,000, as compared to a median income in the town of $22,000. This exemplifies a nationwide trend in which public sector workers make far more than their private-sector counterparts (with better benefits).
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The teachers had until last Friday to accept these conditions or face layoffs. Apparently, even though they refused, the teachers have yet to be fired, according to Channel 10.