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Rich Gordon reflects on first year in California Assembly

Original post made on Jan 5, 2012

"I think it's still a fairly dysfunctional system," Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, says of state government during a recent interview in a Santa Cruz Avenue coffee shop.

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Posted by Unions-Are-Toxic
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2012 at 9:19 am

> "The end result is more money overall," Gordon says. "And if
> you're getting more money, you can provide greater stability
> and greater pay for your teachers."

This is true. But does paying teachers higher salaries result in better education? Not likely. There is little evidence that student performance goes up when teacher salary goes up.

Gordon is backed heavily by unions. Nothing that he has done so far is likely to be anything that doesn't increase the power of unions, or their compensation.


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Posted by jb
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jan 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

To Unions Are Toxic: I don't think anyone has claimed that more money in a teacher's purse makes a better teacher. But it will keep a good teacher from jumping to a district that pays more. It is the same principal corporations use in defending pay rates for their
CEOs.


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