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Nepotism Causes Va Republican Senators Norment and Watkins to Support Bad Teachers

Two Republican Senators killed a bill today that would have allowed Virginia to dismiss bad teachers who are harming our kids.

It is nearly impossible to get rid of bad teachers in Virginia’s schools due to a contract that forces the state to jump through more hoops than the private sector to fire a bad employee.

Senators Tommy Norment, Jr and John Watkins sided with the Democrats by not voting on the measure supported by Governor McDonnell that would benefit Virginia’s children by allowing the state to release teachers that are not performing.

With the Senate divided 20-20, a non vote is the same as a no vote. And it kills the bill just the same.

Both cited nepotism as the reason for their failing to vote on the bill. Watkins wife was a teacher and Norment’s daughter is as well.

Taxpayers pay teacher’s salary. These same taxpayers are subject to employment at the will and pleasure of their employer. Why should teachers be held to a different standard?

Shame on both of these men!

Senator Marsh is worried that this bill would disrupt the “stability” of teachers.

Of course it would! That’s the point!

And it’s not the stability that is the problem. It is the complacency a teacher embraces knowing that they are immune to replacement.

We would all love that same stability in our own jobs. But it is obscene to grant such stability to taxpayer funded jobs. Watkins and Norment need to worry about the rest of Virginians who pay for the teachers. If we are not getting our money’s worth from a bad teacher, we need to cut our losses, just as they do in the private sector.

The two Senators have an opportunity to return to free market ideas when the House bill crosses over.

Let’s not allow nepotism to dictate Senate votes. What is fair for the private sector is fair for the public sector. The lack of necessity to do a good job takes away the drive to excel. This bill restores teachers to the competitive marketplace.

Produce or leave. (The same could be said of the Senators!)

Aren’t Virginia’s children worth that much?

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

One Response to “Nepotism Causes Va Republican Senators Norment and Watkins to Support Bad Teachers”

  1. Thad Hunter says:

    I agree with assessment. It is very difficult to convince a unionized person that they could earn more money, if it was based on performance and innovation. In a collectivized system the performers are penalized while non-performers are rewarded. And it's not just compensation, teachers have many obstacles to delivering a quality service and important problems like poor parenting and unsupportive administrators.

    If we want to properly reward skilled and dedicated teachers, I believe that we must work toward getting education out of government control. In Virginia I would like to see the SOLs terminated and see almost every education function performed at the state level transferred back to localities. SOLs are not the proper method to evaluate performance and it waste two months just prepping for the tests. Measuring is fine, but we are not measuring the right things. It is painful to watch something as important as education go to waste.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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