This is a destructive pathology. I thought teachers wanted to be treated like professionals (and I think they should be). Well, in other professions some perks for a job well done are commonplace as are retreats in places besides cafeterias – and this apparently was not done with public money. Rather than begrudge the KIPP teachers who got a trip to the islands for a retreat, shouldn’t teachers around the country be saying, “hey, forget the Bahamas, why isn’t our school district leadership doing a damn thing to recognize how hard we work?”
Update: Lively debate in the comments below. But, before everyone jumps to conclusions about what a sweatshop this is and how the teachers at this school need a union it’s worth pointing out that they are UFT.