The below takeoff on Dr. Suess was sent out by a WEA VP Mike Ragan to some folks within the union. Short version of the message: as long as there are budget cuts on the table, we're not interested in changing a damn thing:
Those bills-we-are Those bills-we-are We do not like Those bills-we-are!
Do you like
Green dregs and scam?
We do not want them
They should scram!
Would we like them here or there?
We would not like them here or there
We would not like them anywhere.
Would we like them in the House?
Will we take them with no rouse?
We do not like them in the House
Click here now to get them doused.
We do not like them here or there
No House, no Senate anywhere
We do not like green dregs and scam
We do not like them
They should scram!
Would we change evaluation?
Would we change our compensation?
Not right now
No way, no how
Not in the House
Not in the Senate
Not with $1 billion in cuts
No ifs and or buts.
Tell legislators we don't want to spar,
But it's time for them to get rid of these
How magnanimous of them. Their message is essentially "we're not interested in reform until we get more money." Well, since no one is predicting that the fiscal situation at any level of government will become rosy anytime soon, the WEA's position shows the union is perfectly content to leave an imperfect system as is rather than try to find ways to improve student learning with the resources that are available.
Remember that the next time you see a WEA-funded ad claiming it's all about the kids.
UPDATE: here's some contrast: the Washington Policy Center is highlighting an Education Reform Plan to improve public schools, a number of which don't rely on pouring more money - which isn't available anyway - into the system. Highlights include:
1. Put the principal in charge
2. Give parents choice among public schools
3. Let teachers teach
4. Double teacher pay
5. Replace the WASL with another standard
6. Create no-excuses schools
7. Transparency - put school budgets and teacher qualifications online
8. Make the Superintendent of Public Instruction an appointed officePosted by Eric Earling at March 05, 2009 08:54 AM | Email This