Monday, August 28, 2006

Judge orders negotiations in teachers strike

Judge orders negotiations in teachers strike

The Detroit Federation of Teachers and the Detroit Public Schools are headed back to the bargaining table thanks to an order that was issued by a Wayne County Circuit Court judge.

The two-sides will continue wrangling over the teacher's desire for a raise and the district's need to cut $48.7 million from its budget as part of a deficit reduction plan.

Quite frankly, in the middle of all those conversation about numbers with a dollar sign in front of them - I simply hope that some folks remember the numbers with a child behind them.

Like this number: 7.59%.

7.59%
Only 7.59% of 7th grade students at Carver Elementary School in Warrendale met or exceeded the state standards for math last year.

I have to wonder what is going to happen to the 92.41% of students who failed to meet those standard. Precisely what kind of higher education will they be able to move onto? What kind of careers will them by able to have when they graduate in 5 years?

In my opinion, any school district or teacher's union that would put up with a failure rate that high is seriously messed up.
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