WED AUG 31, 2011 AT 12:39 PM PDT
Michigan has already passed laws limiting collective bargaining for teachers and dropping the standard for teacher demotion from "reasonable and just cause" to anything short of "arbitrary and capricious" reasons. But Phil Pavlov, the head of the state Senate Education committee, wants to go well past that. Pavlov wants to privatize teachers:
"I look at it as offering options," Pavlov said. "If there is something out there that can offer school officials the same options at a lower cost, schools need to take a look at that. It needs to part of the conversation on reform."[...]The privatization piece would require teachers from a private firm to have all of the same qualifications as current instructors. The difference would be that school districts could take bids for instructional services once an existing contract expires.
First off, this is a naked attempt to worsen wages and working conditions for teachers. That's a feature, not a bug.
Full Story: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/31/1012257/-Michigan-state-senator-proposes-privatizing-teachers