This is not a teachers vs parents battle, it's a ROTTEN Teachers vs students battle. I'm a life long dem, and my kids have seen good and bad teachers. What bothers me most is that the good teachers all knew who the bad teachers were (so did the administrators). They never let their own children be taught be the bad teachers. I finally learned by requesting the same teachers for my kids that the good teachers requested for theirs. Now if this is so transparent to everyone, why isn't it being fixed? That is where the teachers unions are losing the battle. Figure a way to ferret out the bad teachers and the students/schools will be better off. To me, let the teachers fix the problem with their peers. Ask who'd they want to team with in order to earn a bonus based on teaching skills (and student retention), and they'd certainly pick good teachers to team with, not bad ones. Now, go put this in action and let's rejoice that teachers can now earn more money!