Thursday, March 27, 2003

The Empire Strikes Back
This project and blog are built to help teachers and their students. Sometimes, though, teachers seem to over-reach to shoot themselves in the foot.

In Milwaukee (where abominable graduation rates and scores set the legislature to action) per-pupal spending now passes $10,000 per year. Since the rest of us make due with a national average of $7,640, you'd think Milwaukee teachers would be grateful.

Hardly! Instead, they are this spring spending $2 million to defeat one member of the school board.

Of all things, in a bad budget year, he suggested that the teachers second pension should be reduced or at least contributed to. And yes, they'd like to see the voucher plan end, though 92% of low-income black Milwaukee residents support it.

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