August 8 2012
Most Americans Don’t Support Business as Usual in Education
Vicki E. Alger
If teachers must be laid off, 74 percent say that poorly performing teachers should be “laid off first and those with excellent performance protected.”
69 percent favor cutting the number of district-level administrators to the bare minimum”
63 percent favor closing or combining schools that have declining student enrollment.
58 percent favor freezing district salaries for one year to “avoid laying off people.”
53 percent say shifting school staff from guaranteed pensions to individual retirement plans is a good idea.
Trimming administrative bloat, basing decisions on merit, and taking personal responsibility for one’s retirement—all common-sense ideas from typical Americans who are already doing so in response to the sputtering economy, and who have a right to expect that employees supported with their tax dollars follow suit.