(Victor Joecks/NPRI) – CCSD Superintendent Dwight Jones warned that an unelected, unaccountable arbitrator from Californiarewarding the Clark County Education Association’s stall tactics Las Vegas Review-Journal
Class sizes will increase and more than 1,000 teachers will be laid off if the Clark County School Board adopts its proposed budget tonight.
The School District must cut $60 million in spending. Officials had planned on saving that money by freezing teacher pay. But the Clark County Education Association, the teacher’s union, fought that plan. An arbitrator ruled in the union’s favor.
As a result, according to a memo sent out Wednesday, 1,015 teacher positions will be eliminated. This will result in classes increasing by about two or three students each.
This led to a couple of unintentional hilarious tweetsthis one
Also, NSEA has just said or at least implied that reducing 1,015 positions is a scare tactic, even though eliminating 1,015 positions means larger class sizes! The implication being that NSEA thinks there’s no reason to be scared of larger class sizes.
And on this, NSEA would be right — even though I don’t think that’s what the NSEA union bosses intended — because eliminating CCSD’s 1,015 worst teachers would be a boon to student achievement.
Because a teacher is the most important school-controlled factor in student achievement. Students with an excellent teacher learn 18 months of material in one year; students with an ineffective teacher learn 6 months of material in one year. Some people want “smaller classes,” but the most important school-controlled factor in student learning is teacher quality, not class size.
Unfortunately, CCEA union bosses prevented thislayoffs will occur based on seniority lose two to four months worth of learning next year the dance of the lemons will continue
If you like this system, thank the union bosses at the NSEA and CCEA.
If you want a better system, the need to eliminate or, at least, seriously reform collective bargaining for public-sector unionsschool choice for all parents