by Terry M. Moe
Hoover Institution
July 18, 2011
The purpose of the American public school system is to educate children. And because this is so, everything about the public schools should be decided with the best interests of children in mind. But this isn’t what happens. In New York City, for example, the district is wasting millions of dollars because the rules it is required to follow prevent it from quickly, easily, and inexpensively removing low-performing teachers from the classroom. New York’s education policies may seem unusual, but this kind of problem is actually common throughout the nation. Such poorly-designed policies don’t happen by accident. Rather, they happen by design, and it is the all-powerful teachers’ unions that influence this design more than any other group in American society.

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