Liberals say that we should pay public school teachers like basketball players. And they have a point. We should pay them like the Washington Generals. Or any team whose players consistently fail to meet their standards every time.
Instead, here’s the reality.
Fresno Unified School District’s first contract proposal presented Thursday to the Fresno Teachers Association includes an 11% salary increase over the next three years that would be contingent on state funding.
The district had previously agreed to pay 100% of health care premiums for individuals. Families of three or larger would pay a monthly premium of $260.
The current average Fresno Unified teacher salary is $90,512, and teachers also receive benefits, retirement contributions, stipends, and additional pay for coaching or other duties that raises the total average compensation to six figures, the district said in a news release.
What results are the taxpayers being bled for this getting in exchange?
In the overall Fresno Unified test results for 2022, 32.24% of students met or exceeded the state standard in English, while 67.75% did not, a change of -5.76% from 2019. In math, 20.82% of students met or exceeded the state standard, with 79.18% not meeting it: a change of -9.03% from 2019.
Pay more, get less.
In their insane greed, the Fresno teachers’ union is going on strike to demand free yoga.
The Fresno Teacher Association is demanding the Fresno Unified School District allow homeless families to park their cars in high school parking lots and to provide paid security in the lots, which they say will cost $500,000, according to a contract proposal obtained by the Free Beacon. The union is also pressuring the district to provide free yoga and meditation programs, which they project will cost $1 million, part of which includes reimbursing union members up to $1,000 a year if they consistently do things like attend a dojo or do yoga for at least 100 days.
In addition to $1.5 million for allowing homeless encampments and free yoga, the district is also pushing for “expanded cultural awareness lessons in all schools starting in PreK.”
79% of students don’t meet math standards. 67% don’t meet English standards.
How about we have educational awareness lessons and the only free yoga should involve twisting union thugs who hold children hostage into pretzels?
Municipal teachers’ unions have destroyed public school education and they’re only getting started. The only way to stop this nightmare is to open up the system with school choice so that taxpayers are no longer being held hostage by unions that fail to educate children, but constantly demand more and more.