Wednesday, November 20, 2013

We Don't Need No Stinking Rules

So says the Beginning With Children Charter School. Because they used to be a public school, they're bound by the awful UFT Contract, you know, the one that says teachers must be paid a certain number of dollars and work a certain number of hours. Because really, the entire point of being a charter is to do whatever the hell you feel like, pay whatever you like, and make teachers work 200 hours a week.

After all, if you don't do those things, where are you gonna find half a mil to pay an Eva Moskowitz or Geoff Canada? Who wants to work on some crummy principal's salary? A charter needs flexibility. Otherwise, how can you make your kids march for some political cause on a school day? How can you make the teachers come in on Saturday and Sunday for training in how to make the charter look better?

Nope, the best thing to do is just close the doors and give up. There's no money in an enterprise where working people have a contract. Maybe we could turn it into a public school, or just demolish the whole place, salt the ground, and make sure nothing ever grows there.

Because when you run a charter, you put children first. Screw the adults. And if they adults don't feel like working for free, if they insist on going home to their families and having, you know, lives and stuff, you can't put up with that! After all, the other charters don't have to pay those salaries or let teachers go home when they finish working.

So if you can't do it the way you want to do it, the thing to do is walk away. Screw the adults, of course. Let them go find other jobs, if they can. But you love the children. So, out of consideration, because you Begin With Children, when it's time to screw them, you do it last.

Let them go to some other school. If you can't get what you want, why the hell should kids get what they want either?
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