A district in the city of New Orleans will close all of its city-run schools next week. Permanently.
This is Katrina for the American Federation of Teachers. Blown away. Washed out. Floating face down. The teachers will never again exercise the strike threat against the district.
Charter schools have replaced the public schools. Charter schools are funded by taxes, but they do not answer to elected officials. Elected officials can no longer count on support from the teachers’ union.
Charter schools can fire teachers. They can replace teachers. Union membership counts for nothing.
Wages will become competitive. Coercion has been reduced. Teachers will get paid closer to what they are worth.
The emotional link to old schools has been cut.
This man does not like it. “This don’t make no sense. Me and my sister, the whole family, the whole neighborhood went to that school.” Grammar was never his strong point.
Around the nation, teachers’ union members are worried. Could this happen to them?
Let’s hope so.