Someone recently mentioned public sector union rules and collective bargaining agreements are designed to protect the individual. It’s all about me, me, me and has little if anything to do with the needs of the customer. In education, the customers are students, and they don’t matter too much.
Many union agreements spell out exactly who will be laid off if the need arises. Do they put a great amount of thought into who gets laid off? Not at all, since that would require both objective and subjective reasoning.
Megan Sampson was named outstanding first-year teacher by the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English last week.
Second-year social studies teacher Kevin Condon, also at Bradley Tech High School, has four licenses and can command the attention of 40 students in an open-concept classroom.
Both are among 482 educators – more than 12% of the full-time teachers in the district – who have received layoff notices from Milwaukee Public Schools. …
Sampson and her laid-off colleagues, all who have less than three years of teaching experience, also expressed frustration that their jobs would be filled by more veteran, but not necessarily better, educators.
Sampson and Emily Kaphaem, a world geography and citizenship teacher at Tech, said they have received exemplary performance reviews.
“I feel kind of let down by my city today,” said Kaphaem, 25, as she lost the fight to hold back tears in Principal Ed Kupka’s office.
Kupka is equally frustrated. He hand-selected the new teachers because of their talent and enthusiasm for turning around Tech, recently designated as one of the worst-performing high schools in the state.
“Based on the pressures we’re under as a low-performing school, I absolutely would have chosen a different nine (for layoffs),” Kupka said. “Not everyone is on board with the cultural shift, or has the skills to implement it. The people that are leaving are among the most transformation-minded people on staff.”
These shop rules do nothing to create an atmosphere where a high-preforming teacher is encouraged to excel. Instead, it guarantees they will keep their collective head’s down, show up at protests designed to keep the public funding flowing, and blame the Koch brothers for all of the budget problems. The primary goal for many seems to be to stay within the system for as long as possible, get a bunch of friends to join them, and rule mob-style.