Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Detroit teachers have a tentative deal

Detroit teachers have a tentative deal

Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick managed to broker a deal early this morning, which could bring an end a 16-day old strike as early as Thurday.

On the noon news today, a couple of Detroit public school teachers were complaining that it was unfair that the Mayor got involved in this labor dispute. It's too bad that more of those teachers don't actually live in Detroit. If they did, they'd be in a better position to do something about who is in the Mayor's Office.

Of course, that would also mean that more of them would have to put their own kids into the Detroit Public Schools.

Anyway, now that the strike is essentially resolved, I believe it's time for all of the relevant parties to come together and come up with a plan to improve academic performance in our schools.

More than 90% of 7th-graders at Carver Elementary in Warrendale failed to meet the state's minimium standards for academic performance.

That is totally unacceptable. Furthermore, I argue that anyone would ignore, excuse or attempt to rationalize student performance like that doesn't deserve to call themselves a teacher.

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