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How Has Dave Hansen Not Gotten Around to This?

(H/T Say Anything Blog)

Expect this to be on every AFSCME member’s wish list in a few years.

ALBANY—Assembly Democrats have quietly advanced sweeping legislation—already being called the “Rubber Rooms for All Act”—to extend tenure-like job protection to all public workers, countering efforts to roll back rigid regulations like those that keep hundreds of failed teachers on the city payroll.

The bill, introduced by Governmental Employees Chairman Peter Abbate Jr. (D-Brooklyn)—who proudly proclaims himself “the unions’ bulldog”—would nix in-house disciplinary proceedings for all state civil servants accused of wrongdoing by their employers.

Instead, workers would be entitled to a binding ruling by an “independent” arbitrator approved by both the employer and the employee.

The bill makes no provision to break a stalemate, suggesting a dispute could drag on indefinitely.

The legislation would also ban state and local governments from suspending workers without pay while the arbitration process plays out. An exception would be made only for those accused of sale or possession of drugs.

The provisions mirror the state’s “rubber room” law, which makes it nearly impossible to fire tenured teachers and has led the Department of Education to warehouse some 675 unwanted teachers in so-called reassignment centers daily at a cost of $40.5 million last year.

Then again, with recent recess appointments to the NLRB, it could be coming this year…

R.I.P Jaime Escalante

There are great teachers, and then there are the amazing ones.  We’ve lost one of the amazing ones.

The math teacher at a tough East Los Angeles high school who inspired the movie “Stand and Deliver,” has died. He was 79.

Family friend Keith Miller says Jaime Escalante (HEYE’-may es-kuh-LAHN’-tay) died Tuesday in Reno, Nev., where he was undergoing treatment for bladder cancer.

An immigrant from Bolivia, he transformed Garfield High School by motivating struggling students to tackle and excel at advanced math and science. The school had more Advanced Placement calculus students than all but three other public high schools in the country.

The actor Edward James Olmos played Escalante in the film based on his story.

Olmos says Escalante proved that inner city students can perform at the highest levels, and left an important legacy for American education.

Ganas.

Video of the Day

Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner calls out Obama for saying that Heritage was the foundation for the individual mandate.  That reality couldn’t be farther from the truth, as President Feulner explains.

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