Thursday, June 17, 2004


I read something that made my blood start to boil today. It seems that the Cleveland Teachers Union is blocking a last-chance effort for students who would otherwise be expelled. They are sent to the Phoenix program, run by the YMCA; 90 % of the students later return to Cleveland schools.

What's the problem? Since the teachers aren't part of the union, the CTU is fighting it. And the CMSD administration will probably give in.

Folks, use your heads. These kids are otherwise out of school, dropping the student population even further. Without the program, pressure would be on the administration to keep these kids in YOUR classroom, sending you even closer to the looney bin in frustration. There's no reason to believe that those kids would be kicked out without the program. So, unless you want the disruptive students in YOUR room, consider bending.