NYT’s Gootman writes-up the new high-payin’ charter school in New York City. But this jumped out at me:
Randi Weingarten, president of the United Federation of Teachers, called the hefty salaries “a good experiment.” But she said that when teachers were not unionized, and most charter school teachers are not, their performance can be hampered by a lack of power in dealing with the principal. “What happens the first time a teacher says something like, ‘I don’t agree with you?’ ”
I’d like to think that something like a teachers’ contract could help an idiot manager who flips at the phrase “I don’t agree with you,” but I’m doubtful. Does anyone believe we can “contract” our way to effective leadership? There are some compelling arguments about why teachers should be unionized, but this isn’t one of them.