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SCHOOLS: Enforce law against teacher strikes

Letter by Ted R. Archambault, Tacoma on Sep. 8, 2010 at 9:39 am | 7 Comments »
September 8, 2010 12:36 pm

So as the weather turns cooler, and the leaves begin to change color. What other event marks the close of summer? Oh, yeah, the annual teacher strike.

Again citizens are coerced into paying full-time pay and benefits to part-time workers. The teacher’s union plays on the fact that it would be almost impossible to replace a district’s teachers on short notice. There is also the guilt card – “You want your children to get a quality education don’t you?”

Given the fact that teachers do not have the right to strike in this state, that they are paid while on strike and the ever declining test scores of our students, I wonder how much longer we are going to stand this yearly union blackmail. Private schools in this state uniformly have higher student test scores and are taught by lesser-paid teachers. And when was the last time we heard of a private school’s teachers going on strike?

It is about time that we demand our legislators to require teacher qualification testing, to enforce the no-strike law, and for the courts to impose fines on individual striking teachers and their union.

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