Frank doesn't take any pot shots at the
Board or the District but rather expends all his energy vilifying
Edison. I was surprised to read this column because Frank has reportedly
told people that fighting Edison was a costly blunder for the DFT. I
presume Frank's attempt to portray himself as a valiant leader in the
fight against Edison reflects a last ditch effort to rehabilitate his
image with the DFT election just days away.
1. If Frank is right the moment Edison
stops expanding it will collapse without the financial fuel of new
revenue. Frank expands on this theme towards the end of this
piece. Of course, this could just be wishful thinking.
2.What damage? No more certainly than
a teacher's contract that we can not afford without making cuts to
3. This is Frank's ultimate concern,
not keeping the customer satisfied. Back in 1996, when Bob Dole
criticized the power of teacher's unions, Frank told me he thought Dole
was a "fascist."
4. Edison did start with new teachers
with lower average salaries than ISD 709. It remains to be seen if the
Edison staff turns over or stays allowing their salaries to catch up to
ISD 709 salaries. Its worth noting that DFT has never tried to organize
the Edison teachers. So much for resurgent unionism.
5.God forbid that Edison would put
pressure on other public schools to meet higher expectations.
6. Edison's total revenues are dwarfed
by the billion dollars paid in annual teacher union dues.
7. Edison has an unlimited money tree
they don't have to pay any attention to their spending. If you believe
this I've got a bridge I'd like to sell you.
8. Edison is not a dot com. It
9.If its only "show" and no
"go" then Frank doesn't have to worry does he, or will Edison
parents continue to send their children to inferior schools just because
of glitzy advertising?
10. What a hardship!
11. If it turns out Edison kids aren't
learning then more power to Frank.