Pro­tect­ing union comes first with MSEA

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What or­ga­ni­za­tion es­pouses free­dom of choice to ter­mi­nate the life of un­born chil­dren but op­poses free­dom of ed­u­ca­tion to pre­pare chil­dren for life? The Demo­cratic Party. What pro­fes­sion does not suf­fer the con­se­quences of mal­prac­tice? Pub­lic school “ed­u­ca­tors.” What do these two en­ti­ties have in com­mon? Each pro­tects the other.

In the 2017 ses­sion of the Mar yland Gen­eral Assem­bly — con­trolled by the Demo­cratic Party — the fo­cus of gov­ern­ment sup­pres­sion was against free­dom of ed­u­ca­tion. The at­tack was led by the Mar yland State Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, the pre­ten­tious name for the state teach­ers union, al­lied with the Demo­cratic Party.

The “Pro­tect Our Schools Act of 2017” is a law to pro­tect the teach­ers union and the pub­lic schools from ac­count­abil­ity for a failed ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem. For ex­am­ple, it lim­its the aca­demic test­ing of stu­dents and lessens the grad­ing of schools based on aca­demic suc­cess. Thus, fewer schools will be iden­ti­fied as low-per­form­ing. Fur­ther, the law pro­hibits the state board of ed­u­ca­tion from in­ter ven­ing in low-per­form­ing schools for three years, dur­ing which only ed­u­ca­tors and the union have the op­por­tu­nity to rem­edy the prob­lems they cre­ated.

As the MSEA her­alded on its web­site, the act “pre­vents the state from con­vert­ing schools into char­ters, is­su­ing pri­vate school vouch­ers with fed­eral school im­prove­ment funds, hir­ing for-profit man­age­ment com­pa­nies, and cre­at­ing a state-run uni­ver­sal char­ter “Re­cov­ery Dis­trict.” It also pre­vents in­di­rect pri­va­ti­za­tion ef­forts by pro­hibit­ing an A to F grad­ing sys­tem for schools — used com­monly to paint pub­lic schools as fail­ing — and the is­su­ing of fed­eral school im­prove­ment funds through a com­pet­i­tive grant process.”

The MSEA noted the act states that no pro­posed reme­dies for low-per­form­ing schools can over­rule an ex­ist­ing col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment. The teach­ers union mantra of “chil­dren first” be­lies the truth that pro­tect­ing the union comes first.

No after-the-fact reme­dies for an in­ad­e­quate ed­u­ca­tion can over­come the harm done to chil­dren. For as long as there is no true free­dom of ed­u­ca­tion in Mary­land, and no ef­fec­tive ac­count­abil­ity for aca­demic fail­ure, the def­i­ni­tion of “child abuse” should be in­clu­sive of at­ten­dance in the pub­lic schools.

Ver­non Gray, Cal­i­for­nia

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