On the one hand …
A tea party organizer for one of the many such groups in Tennessee was quoted this week as follows: “We all love teachers, we need our teachers, and we need to support our teachers, but we need to get rid of collective bargaining,” Northeast Tennessee/Kingsport Tea Party Organizer Britt Buehrig said.
“Tennessee also has a budget deficit. We need to meet it. We can meet it by curtailing some of the benefits that teachers are receiving. The counties and school districts can negotiate contracts that they can afford, because right now the state is going bankrupt.”
In other words, things are pretty bad when it comes to the state budget.
On the other hand …
There’s enough wiggle room for the state to absorb operation of the largest school system in the state.
Tenn. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey told reporters this week that the state ought to reach down and, never mind the voters’ wish that the two local systems consolidate and continue on their way, have MCS taken over by the state.