Leo Casey simply does not want to be loved! We were just about to hug it out and then he goes and does this. It’s not the first time Leo has disagreed to agree with me. And again, in this case, we don’t have much of a disagreement except perhaps an implied one about the extent that UFT’s contract is representative of very much. That’s a premise you can explore here for yourself. But we seem to agree on the point that this school is not a typical NYC school. But, Leo keeps throwing up stuff I apparently unknowingly think (he’s runnin’ with Rothstein these days). None of it really matters but this one caught my eye:
The real issue that inside-the-beltway education think tanks have is not that teacher union contracts prevent educational innovation, but that they put limits on management rights and management authority. Union critics seek unfettered management power, such as the power to fire without any due process, and arguments about educational innovation are only stage props for achieving that objective.
Hmmm…I’ve never written any such thing but I’m actually curious if anyone has? I’m not sayin’ it hasn’t happened but I read a lot and can’t recall seeing anything so nutty, even from the nuts. If any readers can find something from a Washington-based organization, left, right, or center, arguing that teachers should be able to be fired without any due process please send it along, preferably with a link. Granted, such a policy would violate federal and state laws, but I’m wondering if anyone has ever even put forward such an idea or if it truly is a strawman as pure as freshly driven snow.
Update: Who knew that NYC Educator was such a voyeur?