Posted by Curt on 17 July, 2023 at 8:43 am. 2 comments already!


By Thomas Lifson

Public schools (I prefer the term “government schools”) in Democrat-run cities have become a racket, plundering  taxpayers’ funds and failing to deliver even a minimally acceptable education. The fact that Americans spend more on their government schools than any other country, and yet our students place near the bottom of standardized achievement tests is all the proof that one needs. We are  being cheated on a massive scale, and the future of the nation is in peril when large numbers of children, mostly but not exclusively minorities, are being condemned to law pay and social status because they are so innumerate and illiterate.

John Hinderaker of Powerline drew my attention to the news of a stunning “settlement” that Bill DeBlasio agreed to in the last days of his failed mayoralty in New York City.

The New York Post reported:

Roughly 5,200 black and Hispanic ex-Big Apple teachers and once-aspiring educators are expected to collect more than $1.8 billion in judgments after the city stopped fighting a nearly three-decade federal discrimination lawsuit that found a certification exam was biased.

It’s the largest legal payout in city history.

As of Friday, 225 people who failed the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test used for teacher licensing from 1994 to 2014 had already been notified they’re getting settlements of at least $1 million, according to an analysis of Manhattan federal court records.

Court rulings found the exam violated civil-rights laws, allowing far more white candidates to pass.

I agree with John Hinderaker that these rulings must be based on the fallacious legal doctrine that any examination or criterion that has a “disparate impact” on minorities is presumptively illegal racism. So, the blacks and Hispanics who failed the exam – and thereby revealed that they were incompetent to teach their subject matter to students – are entitled to be paid for all the years they did not teach, as if they had been working. And, they will be entitled to pensions as if they had been working. Meanwhile, they keep the income from the jobs that they did work at all those years, in effect receiving pay for two careers.

The money for all of this, almost two billion dollars, will not be available to make schools better.  And because the settlement exacts such a large penalty, we can be sure that schools will be allowing incompetent teachers who could not pass the exam to penalize their students by being unable to teach, for example, math concepts that they themselves do not understand.

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