Are the democrat party and government teachers unions overseeing the demise of our education system?
-12/7/07 Washington Post: “The scores from the 2006 Program for International Student Assessment showed that U.S. 15-year-olds trailed their peers from many industrialized countries. The average science score of U.S. students lagged behind those in 16 of 30 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a Paris-based group that represents the world's richest countries. The U.S. students were further behind in math, trailing counterparts in 23 countries.”
-9/24/12 http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/…"SAT Reading Scores Are the Lowest They've Been in 40 Years"
The democrat party and government teachers’ unions insist that if they had more money they’d do better, but look at the reality:
http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d09/tables/dt09_182.asp: In constant (inflation adjusted) 2008 dollars the amount spent per pupil in 1960 was $3,394; in 2007 it was $12,463. Cost per pupil has quadrupled in 40 years, and they still “want more.”
http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d09/t… National Center for Education Statistics: Average salaries for full-time teachers in public and private elementary and secondary schools: 2007-08
-Government school teachers: $53,230
-Private school teachers: $39,690
Here’s the perfect example which gives the lie to “More money means better educated kids”:
9/17/12 http://news.yahoo.com/chicago-mayor-seek: “With an average salary of $76,000, Chicago teachers are among the highest-paid in the nation...”
They went on strike last summer for more money – and got more. Why? For great performance? Clearly not: http://www.schooldigger.com/go/IL/city/C: In Illinois the Chicago School District ranks 691st out of of 768 cities.
But the democrat party (for obvious reasons) and the teachers’ unions, year in and year out, simply demand, “More money!”
http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php… Top All-Time Donors, 1989-2012):
-The National Education Association (largest government teachers’ union) gave $43,613,263: 71% went to democrats, 5% to Republicans.
-The American Federation of Teachers (second largest government teachers’ unions) gave $34,698,466: 86% went to democrats, 0% to Republicans.