From the Free Press:
The Detroit Federation of Teachers today called 394 layoff notices the Detroit Public Schools sent to teachers in June a contract violation and demanded the district rescind them or face a lawsuit.
On the one hand, as pointed out in an excellent recent article from the Mackinac Center, the DFT fights for constant higher wages, more benefits, better health care, longer lunch breaks, less classroom time, and more members; on the other, they want to ignore that these things lead to unemployment. To believe otherwise disregards economic reality.
To be fair, the DFT was arguing against the firings based on a technicality (allegedly the paperwork wasn’t done on time). However, the union has opposed nearly every teacher firing at any time. Millions around Michigan are tightening their belts and a stagnant bureaucracy doesn’t have to?
The tragedy here is that some very good teachers are undoubtedly being fired (or will eventually, something has to happen to close that deficit). Are all of them really worse than every single tenured teacher in the district? As a result of the near-impossibility of firing tenured teachers (even bad ones) the district may save money, but also make itself worse in the process.