Sid Hatch of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association wins this week’s Soylent Green Eater Award for Spouting Union Talking Points in the Wake of Indefensible Teacher Behavior.
Seven-year-old Lamya Cammon was absentmindedly playing with her braids, which have plastic beads on their ends. The noise annoyed her first-grade teacher. The teacher called Lamya to the front of the room, cut off one of her braids, and sent her back to her seat, crying. The teacher ultimately apologized to Lamya’s mother and was fined $175 by police for disorderly conduct. She remains in the classroom but Lamya was assigned to a different teacher.
That would be the end of this unremarkable story if not for the efforts of Mr. Hatch, who told WISN-TV on camera:
“As budget constraints get tighter every year, the stress level and frustrations do increase.”
How about the stress level and frustrations of parents and taxpayers? Between 1990 and 2008, inflation-adjusted Milwaukee Public Schools per-pupil spending “increased by 36% and state aid grew by 58%. Over the same period, enrollment fell by a percentage point and is projected to continue falling, leaving the system with enough excess capacity for some 22,000 students.”
So let that be a lesson to you, parents of Milwaukee. Spend more on public schools or some stressed-out teacher will hack off your seven-year-old’s hair. This message has been approved by the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association.