As the New Rochelle School District prepares to unveil their 2010-11 budget, John Stossel writes about an unusual case in Rhode Island:
After the teacher's union rejected a proposal that teachers at Central Falls High School, a failing school, get additional training (paid) and work an additional 25 minutes a day (unpaid) to help turn around the school, the Superintendent made a surprise move.
[School Supt. Frances Gallo] Gallo, unlike most officials who just cave in to public sector union demands because a) it's not their money and b) it's easier to give in, took a novel approach. She fired the lot of them.
Not their money? Easier to give in to the unions? Huh?
In a showdown vote the school board...backed the decision to fire the teachers!
Unions responded predictably "This is immoral, illegal, unjust, irresponsible, disgraceful and disrespectful..."