The game of chicken between the LAUSD School board and UTLA hurts teachers and students.
What purpose does it serve to inform a mass of teachers that they may or may not have a job next year? These extravagant RIF notices do nothing but put union officials in the hollow position of fighting with leadership in the central office, while teachers and students across the district hover in the painful limbo of the future of their schools and their classrooms.
Teachers deserve better. Students deserve better. The flood of layoff fliers must be damned -- or dammed, rather.
Political muscling between unions and school boards has taken all the attention of the education of the student. All the machinations do not even protect the teachers, many of whom are growing weary and wary of the frequent warnings which have little connection with realty.
Perhaps Governor Rich Snyder of Michigan should send some of his budgetary ombudsmen to slash and cut in the LAUSD budget where leadership and collective bargaining have failed time and again. This lack of integrity and efficacy from political power players is just shameful all around.