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Study: Union Contracts Protect Bad Teachers at the Expense of Students

John on December 23, 2010 at 9:37 am

Collective bargaining! What can’t it do? It’s not just that unions are bankrupting states and municipalities with their absurd pensions, it’s also that they’re hurting children with their inane rules:

Using teachers’ past performance, the researchers predicted the performance of two hypothetical school systems: one in which the teachers receiving notices had actually lost their jobs, and one in which more than 1,300 of the lowest-performing teachers had been fired instead.

Dan Goldhaber, lead author of the study and the center’s director, projected that student achievement after seniority-based layoffs would drop by an estimated 2.5 to 3.5 months of learning per student, when compared to laying off the least effective teachers.

“If your bottom line is student achievement, then this is not the best system,” Goldhaber said.

Anyone who thinks teachers unions care more about student achievement than their own benefits is an idiot. Oops, sorry Mr. President.

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