Labor strife continues to captivate the nation as Democrat lawmakers in Wisconsin are hiding out. Similar actions have taken place in Indiana with their Democrat lawmakers heading to Illinois as well. Votes are either underway or are being considered in a number of other states.
The movement is afoot.
But is it worth it?Is this really going to help things?
It certainly will help states balance their budgets. They’ll be ale to control expenditures on benefits including pensions and health care. However, in the case of teachers, is even THAT worth it?
In other words, is the cost of allowing teacher’s to collectively bargain worth the gains in education.
There is a claim that the test scores of the states that don’t allow collective bargaining are low; very low. Let’s look:
Is it true? Do those states rank that low?
It doesn’t appear to be the case. While those 5 states as a whole under perform to be sure, they are not coming in as poorly as reported.
How about ACT? Let’s change the order:
Again, while none rank even in the top 20, the group is not as low as being rumored.
But when you sort by per Pupil expenditure, you get this:
The states that do not allow collective bargaining are ALL in the lowest 20 states in spending. And we all know that spending does not correlate with test scores.
It doesn’t appear that collective bargaining is as good for kids as they’re saying; but it IS good for the budget.