This Forum is often critical of teacher’s unions because correctly or incorrectly it often appears that the unions place the welfare and economic well being of their members ahead of educating children. This is destructive, not only to the children and their parents but to the unions as well. It is a self defeating strategy. It is idiotic. Nobody wins.
So when teachers in the Buena Vista school district in
to help the bankrupt system by offering to work for free, this Forum
applauds them. Did they work for
free? Well, no.
The school district asked the state for a bailout, but
initially declined, citing various legal obstacles. Teachers offered to work
without pay to keep the schools open, but the school board refused, offering
their own legal reasons. Michigan
Now we are not sure what those ‘legal reasons’ were, but they had better be darn good ones, because the people citing those legal reasons are not suffering. The children are suffering, and adults who penalize children for the mistakes of adults are pretty poor specimens of homo sapiens.
is run by Republicans. And yes the Governor is a conservative who doesn’t
seem to care a whole lot about the problem. Michigan
Snyder said Thursday he hopes to quickly resolve the financial crisis that caused the small
system to lay off employees and
close its doors. But the rainy day fund won't be used to bailout Saginaw County Buena Vista schools, Snyder said, because "that's
not what the rainy day fund is really intended for."
"There's a lot of discussion going on this topic and I hope we have a resolution," he said. "The most important thing is how do we make sure these kids can finish the school year."
What, you expected that he would help? C’mon man.