An Explanation for the Union
The reaction of RI Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals lobbyist James Parisi to news that Governor Carcieri’s 2010 budget includes a provision liberating charter schools from some personnel requirements suggests that the teachers’ unions are frightened that charters might become even more successful:
“It’s wrong, it’s unfair, it’s unconscionable, it’s absolutely unnecessary and it wasn’t the deal that was struck when the original charter law was put into place,” James Parisi, a lobbyist for the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, told the House Finance Committee in a hearing Tuesday.
Who knew the schtick of lawyer Jackie Chiles from Seinfeld worked for lobbyists, as well?
A more interesting quotation from Mr. Parisi comes at the end of Cynthia Needham’s article:
“What I don’t understand,” Parisi said, “is how the governor could propose expanding charter schools when the public school districts are hurting as much as they are hurting.”
The puzzle’s not difficult to solve. The governor recognizes the need to apply education money effectively, where it would do the most good. In the public schools, it would be soaked up by the teachers as a matter of course, without substantial connection to change or improvement. When an organization is fundamentally broken and displays little will to repair the core problem, society will find a way around it.