21st 2009
Talking Temper Tantrums & Teacher Pay

Posted under Education Politics & Independence Institute & School Finance & Suburban Schools & Teachers

Following the Boulder teacher “sickout” that roiled the community recently, my Education Policy Center friends Pam Benigno and Ben DeGrow discuss the problem of public employee strikes and the need to reform teacher pay in a brand-new iVoices podcast:

Whatever you think about how teachers ought to be paid, trying to make a point through a collective temper tantrum was not the way to go. If I tried that, I’d at least get sent to my room without dessert. Even worse, I might be grounded and not allowed to play with my Legos or Gameboy Advance.

Though they haven’t gone down the path Boulder teachers have taken (at least not yet), similar disputes in Jeffco and Greeley look like they may go unresolved into the next school year.


2 Responses to “Talking Temper Tantrums & Teacher Pay”

  1. Ed is Watching » Hoping Not to See More of the Same from Boulder, Teachers Union on 20 Aug 2009 at 11:11 am #

    [...] seem that long ago the school year was winding down, and up in Boulder many teachers were calling in sick as a form of protest: sort of a collective temper tantrum. Now students and parents in the district [...]

  2. Ed is Watching » If a Teacher Strike Comes, Will Boulder Learn Denver’s 1994 Lesson? on 25 Sep 2009 at 11:59 am #

    [...] in the spring, I pointed you to some important discussion about the Boulder teacher “sickout”. A month ago I [...]

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