One huge problem with many school districts in the United States is the power that teacher unions have over public school districts.
Often, employees hired at the management level at school districts try to offer the best services possible, but their hands are tied because they are dealing with teachers who are backed by unions.
Now, there was a time and place in the United States when we needed very strong unions. However, most teacher unions have become so strong that they keep some very poor teachers, even ones who abuse children, and who cannot be fired, because the district gets into too many law suits when they "wrongfully" terminate teachers.
I put wrongfully in quotes, because some teachers really do need to be fired. However, unions defend most every teacher, even very bad ones.
We must be able to separate the sketchy teachers out from the great teachers if we are to reform education.
It is truly a confusing and troubling situation, yet one that must be sorted out if we are to engage our society to have a strong, working educational system.
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