I've been asked why I always assume that teachers' union contracts are designed to protect bad teachers from accountability, given that the average public-school teacher one talks to is aghast at the idea of protecting miscreants. Yet the teachers' unions and their top officials often make these protections their top priority, as a new contract in a Michigan school district shows. According to the Mackinac Center's Tom Gantert, writing about a new contract negotiated in the Bay City school district, Teachers in possession or under the influence of illegal drugs could be caught three times before they lost their job, and they got five strikes if they were drunk on school grounds before being fired." By contrast, students are subject to a "zero tolerance" policy that would get them booted from campus after one drunken or drugged incident. You really can't make this stuff up.
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