Exactly, thank you.
If it were only salaries that were beging bargained, I would whole-heartedly agree with you. However, that it not the case. One teacher yelling at the top of her lungs for a lunch break, smaller class sizes, or needed supplies falls futile on deaf ears. If you were required to eat your lunch each day while operating your saw down at the mill, with increased production quotas and not given any sharp new blades, would you not seek a louder voice from a united body of co-workers? I believe that bargaining might give some benefit to an unworthy recipient. But it provides worthy benefit far more often. So instead of blindly attacking the bargaining concept in general, just seek to FIX the broken aspects. Salaries are just a spot on the whole plate. So why not just wash salaries off that plate instead of throwing the whole plate in the garbage?
I like your username, because that is what I am about. I beg to differ in that my comment was not a lecture but an appeal to the legislators to consider the "facts" at hand rather than taking a political position and blindly running with it purely for the sake of "change".
"Change" is voted for on Capitol Hill, but that "change" ultimately occurs with the people and even the most well-intentioned person doesn't natually react well to change.
Yes, I would have preferred the vote go the other way. However, I do plan to support the decision that has now been made. My prorities are to fix problems not defend political loyalties. My challenge is still this, legislators please open your minds and focus on the actual "facts" and needs of the people, NOT on personal political power.
What is with all this anamosity? Everyone pointing to the splinter in each other's eye while ignoring the plank in his own. The vote has been made. It is not the vote that I had hoped for, but it is done, nonetheless.
Now, those of you that have won this battle, criticizing teachers and TEA, please listen up. Your initial reactions heighten my worst fears. Your statements sound as though now that you have the brass ring, you will run with it as far as you can from where the teachers/TEA hung it. Nothing other than your pride would benefit from that action.
It is my hope and prayer that you will use this new legislation to "fix" what you view as current flaws regarding education, not as a power to boast and promote yourselves. I challenge you to humbly look to the children and not cause them to suffer jsut because you have a spiteful attitude toward public education. Take pride in serving their needs rather than counting how many feathers you can get in your own hats.