More teachers would benefit unions more than students

Monday, October 8, 2012
Bob Kellogg (

In the first presidential debate, President Obama called for hiring 100,000 new teachers. One expert argues this would benefit teachers unions more than students.

Kyle Olson of Education Action Group says, in light of the national deficit and debt, it is hard to see where the funding would come from for hiring thousands of new teachers. He believes the president was merely pandering to the teachers unions.

Olson, Kyle"If he were to get his way and the schools were to add 100,000 new teachers, it would mean $17 million in new dues for the two national teachers unions," he points out. "And that is just the national level. That doesn't take into account state and local dues."

Olson believes the president should be more concerned about the quality, rather than the quantity, of educators.

"Instead of just simply hiring more people, we need to be looking at the quality of teachers, both that are in the classroom today and that are prospective teachers," he tells OneNewsNow.

"Instead of just simply throwing money at the problem, hiring more people and those sorts of things, we need to be looking at quality instead of quantity."

He adds that EAG is surprised and pleased that education played such a large role in the debate.

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