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Monday, March 31, 2008

Iowa Progress: For what shall it profit Chet, if he shall gain Yepsen, and lose his party?

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Progress

David Yepsen was singing the praises of Chet Culver today for
undermining efforts to allow teachers and other public employees the
same rights as private sector employees. Apparently if this happens,
there's a chance that teachers may negotiate for smaller class sizes
as part of collective bargaining and why would any Iowa school want
smaller class sizes? Except, of course, that there is a definitive
link between class size and academic performance among students.
Yepsen also brings up the scary fact that the collective bargaining
bill would mean more binding arbitration which Yepsen is sure means
higher costs to government. However, Ed Tibbets in an exhaustive piece
for the Quad City Times shows that binding arbitration only happens
rarely.

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