Unions have destroyed the quality of education that we once had. Many teachers are intelligent, hard working, caring individuals that care for their students. Then there are the so-called teachers, that because of the unions work rules, cannot be ferreted out and thus remain as a drag, both intellectually and financially, on the whole system.
After Katrina, New Orleans had a chance to rebuild their school system. They chose to privatize a good portion of it and it appears to be working well. Maybe this is a lesson that is worth spreading nationwide. Colorado seems to have begun the process of enlightenment.
Excerpt: In what could be a harbinger of the 2012 election, Colorado voters Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have raised nearly $3 billion for education by temporarily increasing state income, sales and use taxes.
With 59% of the projected vote counted, Proposition 103 was trailing 65% to 35%, the Associated Press reported.
The debate over the measure closely mirrored recent rancor in Washington over the question of whether more spending will revive a moribund economy or slow down a nascent recovery.
A likely swing state in 2012, Colorado is a particularly interesting place to see which argument voters cotton to. Its population is well-educated, with more than one-third of residents older than 25 holding at least a bachelor’s degree. But the state’s unemployment rate has been stuck around 8%, and a solid share of the electorate finds taxes distasteful, passing a major tax-limitation measure in 1992.
If Proposition 103 had passed, individual and corporate tax rates would have temporarily jumped from 4.63% to 5% and the sales and use tax rate from 2.9% to 3%, the Associated Press reported.
Read full LA Times article here.