Maintaining a balance of power is vital to the life and effectiveness of large institutions such as the Kansas City Missouri School District. Yet the district administrators apparently are seeking to destroy that balance by unilaterally voiding the contract with the teachers’ union (7/10. Local, “Superintendent search faces two-week delay; Board has questions about selection process, while teachers clamor for a new contract”).
Teachers unions arose in the first place because teachers’ professional and civil rights needed protection from capricious, dictatorial administrators. Do we really want to go back to the dark ages?
If the district imposes a contract on the union, they will wipe out teachers’ rights with one stroke. Cronyism and favoritism will run rampant in a district where lack of trust is endemic.
The result will be a brain drain such as the district has never seen. Over the years, teachers with a vision for students have been outmaneuvered in a variety of ways. This move will trump them all.