A California Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that the state’s teacher tenure laws were unconstitutional, dealing a severe blow to the public sector unions who had fought to keep the status quo intact.
Judge Rolf Treu ruled in favor of nine students who sued the state, saying the tenure policies undermined their education by making it almost impossible for bad teachers to be fired.
Why, it’s “an attack on teachers by conservatives” and those mean, nasty corporations and yadda, yadda. In other words, the usual union tripe.
National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel called the ruling “deeply flawed” and portrayed it as little more than an attack on teachers by conservative groups.
“Let’s be clear: This lawsuit was never about helping students, but is yet another attempt by millionaires and corporate special interests to undermine the teaching profession and push their own ideological agenda on public schools and students while working to privatize public education,” he said.
Oh yeah, they want to kill public skuulz and privatize public vegetation! Like the current systems work so spectacularly well? Heck, in public skuulz across the country, the dropout rate often hits 40%, and of those who actually do graduate, a majority have to take remedial math and English before they can even begin earning college credits toward a degree.
In diametric contravention of American ideals in general, unions seek to stifle competition, not only in the vegetation system, but across every venue in which unions are permitted to operate:
Norwegian Air International, headquartered in Ireland, says it is offering economical fares and improved customer service for international travelers and providing new job opportunities in the United States. But union leaders, who have leaned on the U.S. Department of Transportation to deny Norwegian’s application for low-fare international services, claim the competing airline has engaged in unfair labor practices.
That would be because the carrier isn’t unionized, and unions hate that. It’s also because the carrier offers competitive services at considerably lower costs:
On American, for instance, a round-trip ticket June 2 and 9 from New York-JFK International Airport to Oslo cost about $1,440. The same flight on Norwegian went for around $862. That’s a $578 difference.
Golly, for nearly $600 in savings, a person might be able to buy a few nights in a hotel – or at least some good food and a few souvenirs. No wonder the unions are fighting them.