February 25, 2004

Backfired...I just love it

According to this Boston Herald story, a letter campaign by students, at the behest of school officials, has backfired in a most delightful way...

...If I didn't think a charter school was necessary, these letters have convinced me the high school was not doing an adequate job in teaching English language arts,'' [School Board Member] Schaefer said.

�����Despite the letter-writing campaign, which Schaefer said was orchestrated by school officials, the Marlboro-based Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School as well as new charter schools in Cambridge, Lynn and Barnstable were approved yesterday.

�����Opponents vowed a renewed campaign against the controversial public schools, which compete with traditional districts for state education dollars.

�����``We're going to pursue this legally and through the Legislature,'' said Kathleen Kelley, president of the Massachusetts Federation of Teachers...(via Betsy Newmark)

Using school children this way is despicable. And I'd guess the "controversial" is only in the eyes of the Teacher's Unions. And the stuff about "competing for funds" is misleading. The funds go with the students, and a school that loses students get less money, but also needs to spend less, because it needs fewer teachers and staff.

Of course, to the unions, providing livings is the whole purpose of the school system...

Posted by John Weidner at February 25, 2004 4:59 PM
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