Monday, January 31, 2011

Irony: School Obama Highlighted In State Of The Union Address Got Exemption From Union Rules

During his State of the Union address President Obama – who has opposed charter schools and school choice programs which allow parents, students and schools to get around the death grip teachers unions have on our education system – used the Bruce Randolf school in Denver as an example of how education is improving in America:

When President Barack Obama spotlighted a successful school in his State of the Union speech, he picked Bruce Randolph School in Denver.

“Take a school like Bruce Randolph in Denver,” the president said. “Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado. Last May, 97 percent of seniors received their diploma.”

So what sparked this school’s success? The answer is a bit of an inconvenient truth for Obama and his union allies:

Bruce Randolph was a middle school when it opened in 2002. In 2007, Denver Public Schools gave Bruce Randolph School permission to operate autonomously. It was the first school in the state to be granted autonomy from district and union rules.

Each teacher then had to reapply for his or her job. A published report said only six teachers remained.

It’s almost like teacher’s unions are bad for education or something.