Camden educators should be ashamed of themselves for this incident, forcing the schools to close because some key personnel didn’t show up for work. From the janitor to the school principle, the harm union activism causes to our children ought to make the case for putting the kids first, giving the parents a choice as to who and where they want their kids to be educated. In Camden, if the kids are learning anything, it is the fact that their place in the Camden school system is at the bottom of the totem pole, instead of the top.
It was a mad scramble for many Camden parents yesterday when the city’s 33 public schools had “emergency” closings at 12:45 p.m. due to a shortage of custodial staff.
“We had an inordinate number of people in key positions who did not come to work,” district spokesman Bart Leff said, noting that the district was legally required to have at least one licensed janitor in each school.
A ‘licensed’ janitor? The bureaucratic morass that unions and politicians create is just the tip of the iceberg on the problems facing Camden schools.