We need competition in K-12 education
PUBLISHED in the Boulder Daily Camera, 10/17/06
re "The 65 percent canard" (Boulder Daily Camera editorial, 10/15/06)
To the Editor:
While (even as a Republican) I agree that the “65-percent” proposals are a bit silly, suggestions of “eliminating waste and inefficiency” miss the point as well.
We will never improve school performance or efficiency by “demanding it” or by throwing more money at it (which is opposite to increasing efficiency by definition) unless we weaken the death-grip that the Colorado Education Association has on our schools and allow competition (through choice and vouchers), merit-based pay, and firing of bad teachers.
The CEA is explicitly against the type of competition our schools need in order to have incentive to improve. I once heard the President of the CEA say that “competition works in higher education but not primary education.” He ignores all evidence and logic, but he has to say that in order to keep getting raises. Does he, or anyone else, actually believe that competition improves every product and service in the world except K-12 education?
Trying to get the union’s hands off our kids’ necks is the intent of Amendment 39, and it is a most worthy goal. It might be true that 39 isn’t the best way to get there. But until there is a politician with the will to speak the truth about how the teachers’ union cares only about increasing its own power and wealth even at the expense of our children’s education, we will be forced to use such tactics to try to keep more of our money from going to union coffers instead of classrooms and our best teachers.
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