This in a nutshell is what's wrong with the American school system. Teachers' unions have a strangle hold on education policy and fight tooth and nail to prevent parents from having any choice in which schools their children will be educated. If there's anything teachers detest, it's the possibility of competition from better schools that will expose their own failures as educators. One desperate mom in Ohio learned that the hard way.....
Thanks to decades of teacher-union bribery, democrats' slavish devotion to the union, and more recently Obama's policy on school choice, kids are stuck in whatever dreadful school the government forces them to be. If they attached the education dollars to the kids, then let the parents send their kid to whatever school they wanted, the schools would have to compete for that money...everybody wins except bad schools and bad teachers. You may have guessed that the teachers' union is having none of that.
Somebody will argue that the parents can always move, but families shouldn't have to move to find decent schools for their kids.
Neal Boortz maintains that the single greatest threat to our republic is the teachers' unions and I tend to agree with him.