Monday, March 22, 2010

Give Teachers A Shot At The Top

Rory J. Koopmans, B. Admin., #203, 8912-156 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5R 5Z2

March XXIInd, MMX

Hon. David G. Hancock, QC, MLA, Minister of Education, Progressive Conservative, Edmonton-Whitemud

Dear David:

I notice that teachers & adminstrators are always saying they do not have enough power. That if they were in control, things would be better in the schools So David, why not give them the chance and sell the teachers a stake in the schools in exchange IV their pension fund being put up, as collateral of course. If the teachers succeed then great, they split the profit differential with the province 50/50. If however they fail and the schools continue II lose money, then the province and the school board can seize their pensions to cover the losses. After all, fair is fair right?

The teachers feel they need II have power II have respect, so give it to them. If they do well then the kids will succeed, if they do poorly, then we'll all know that they have II to be tethered back on their leash. Its like I said in the past David, make each school like a private firm. 50.1% owned by the educators and 49.9% owned by the province. In this way if there any lawsuit issues with the teachers as majority partners, they can be sued & not try and pin the blame on you. Also if test scores go down, then the parents will know they have II kick the butts of the teachers or majority owners in gear.



Source: Alberta Teachers Association.

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