Newark Mayor Joins Christy in Fight Against Ed Unions
Why would Cory Booker, the young, popular Mayor of Newark, New Jersey be doing something that Democrats avoid at all cost - telling the truth about the mess they've made of education?
Teacher tenure, as it currently exists, has become an obstacle to attracting talented educators to our public schools. If we are to truly improve our public education system, we must set a new standard for tenure that prizes effectiveness above all else.
Could it be that he wrote this op-ed because he wants to challenge Governor Chris Christie when he runs for reelection in two years?
Simply eliminating teacher tenure isn't the answer. The problem isn't just that teachers are given lifetime job protection; it's that teachers are treated like widgets of identical value and quality when they're not. Some teach in high-need schools and ought to get pay that reflects that. Some do a fantastic job and ought to get pay that reflects that.
And some aren't measuring up - and ought to find another line of work.
Christy has made himself a national figure by standing up to the Union/Democrat cabal, and Booker may see a wall in his political future if he stays on the wrong side of history.
We desperately need a new system that rewards the best teachers, provides development and support to help every teacher grow and improve and ultimately removes those who are consistently ineffective from the classroom.
It's time for Booker, and other Democrats who don't want to face electoral penalties for their history of forcing bad education on millions of children in return for union bribes, to endorse the efforts of Scott Walker in Wisconsin to end the conspiracy.
It's a system that values the jobs of adults over the education of children.