A Pennsylvania school district is reportedly set to forfeit a $147,000 federal grant to fund teacher training after the union claimed it was not being consulted during the application process.
In what the New Castle News characterized as a “turf tussle,” the New Castle Federation of Teachers refused to sign on for the training program, which is designed to help educators prepare for tougher new state evaluations. The federal “Race to the Top” grant money will instead be allocated to other districts, officials said. Terence Meehan, assistant to the district’s superintendent, said the union’s decision came as a shock.
Don Runyon, president of the 250-teacher federation, said the district applied for the grant and when it involved the teachers union was problematic. The union contends the district applied for the grant in January 2011, at a time when teachers were working under an expired contract and negotiating the current pact, which went into effect retroactively to July 2011. Runyon said the training program, which includes some aspects his members find objectionable, should have been part of talks.
The initiative, Meehan continued, involves training for teachers, who must become more effective and uniform in teaching core subjects by 2015. If the district returns the funding, the district won’t have the staff development money when the training becomes required. The money was to be used for training teachers to establish a way of teaching so their lesson plans are approached in a way that will be embraced in Pennsylvania, he said.
Uniformity in education across Pennsylvania? Sounds like the state’s business to me. Not the feds. But better some training regardless of who pays for it, right? WRONG. “Ah way, or da highway”: that’s the union creed.
Flush the whole bunch and start over. No unions for teachers or any other government employees anywhere in PA or in America. Wages and benefits on a published scale, based on quartiled performance and time on the job. Given that, who needs a union?
Agreed. Even FDR was against allowing public employees to unionize.
I’d certainly prefer my children not be
indoctrinated taught educated by union drones.