Competition for Detroit public schools?
The teachers unions are getting worried.
Over the past few months in the Detroit area, there has been controversy surrounding the proposal given by multi-millionnaire Bob Thompson to plan, open, and oversee 15 charter schools in Detroit. These schools would offer a choice to the beleaguered Detroit public schools. The teachers unions and most Democrats are up in arms, and the teachers unions even called off classes tomorrow so the teachers and students can protest the charters. Children's education disrupted in the name of politics.
In a Letter to the Editor yesterday in the Detroit Free Press, the president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, Janna Garrison, weighs in her opinions of the competition charter schools would create.
Here are a few excerpts from Ms. Garrison:
This would be similar to Coca-Cola's CEO explaining that it is indisputable that a new cola on the market would take away 'much needed funds' from Coke, and expecting a collective horrified gasp from consumers. Government hates competition, and feels that any treading on their territory is cause for grave concern. How dare anyone offer alternatives, free-market style?
As an alternative to opening private entrepreneurial learning centers, Garrison suggests that Thompson's money would be better spent funneled into government-run schools, where her own unionized teachers' paychecks would benefit. Ms. Garrison then lists several poorly-run and maintained schools, whereas she insists that more funding is the solution, rather than recognize a stagnant and inept leadership that has no incentive to answer to the parents.
...with a one-size-fits-all academic curriculum dictated by the NEA and the Department of Education, unchallenged by any outside competition. Her added emphasis on the word "all" is telling, in that it drives home her ilk's desire to maintain complete control over the education monopoly.
No need to encourage. Not necessary. The DFT will find ways to seize the money from the citizens, regardless of whether these citizens "support" the schools or not.