Ellen Bernstein is the radical left wing head of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation. She wrote an article in the Albuquerque Journal on the ongoing debate over the potential West Side split of Albuquerque Public Schools. She made the point that “there is no data showing school district size as a factor in student’s success.”
This is indeed the case. In fact, splitting districts, a topic which the Rio Grande Foundation is neutral on, is not the type of fundamental reform that is really needed in New Mexico. Rather, if we actually want to improve educational results in Albuquerque or anywhere else, it is Bernstein and her cronies that must be dealt with first. They (the teachers unions) are a primary obstacle to improved educational outputs.
The effort to split APS, while understandable given its broken nature, is not targeting the root problem. Instead, choice in the form of vouchers or tax credits (two different things), smaller schools, and merit pay and accountability for teachers will actually improve schools. Unfortunately, Bernstein and her allies oppose every one of these options.