Irony: School Obama Highlighted In State Of The Union Address Got Exemption From Union Rules

During his State of the Union address President Obama – who has opposed charter schools and school choice programs which allow parents, students and schools to get around the death grip teachers unions have on our education system – used the Bruce Randolf school in Denver as an example of how education is improving in America:

When President Barack Obama spotlighted a successful school in his State of the Union speech, he picked Bruce Randolph School in Denver.

“Take a school like Bruce Randolph in Denver,” the president said. “Three years ago, it was rated one of the worst schools in Colorado. Last May, 97 percent of seniors received their diploma.”

So what sparked this school’s success? The answer is a bit of an inconvenient truth for Obama and his union allies:

Bruce Randolph was a middle school when it opened in 2002. In 2007, Denver Public Schools gave Bruce Randolph School permission to operate autonomously. It was the first school in the state to be granted autonomy from district and union rules.

Each teacher then had to reapply for his or her job. A published report said only six teachers remained.

It’s almost like teacher’s unions are bad for education or something.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Mountainmouth

    The is no success stories to point to if you do things the Dem/Lib/progressive way.

    The Libs are in favor of equal failure for all.

    Simple strategy for success – Don’t do it like a Dem/Lib/Progressive wants.

  • $8194357

    Let’s see here:
    unions and schools=broke and under performing money pits
    unions and cars=increased cost and lower quality products
    unions and enviromental junk science= china becoming #1 manufacturing country in the world
    what is the common denominator with the cost-quality (or lack there of)-performance (or lack there of)

    Maybe it is the strong arm collective mobster techniques unions use to muscle in to take the gain, but in the numbers comes the self importance to lose fear of punishment that leeds to greed and coruption with less productivity at a higher cost?

  • thormat

    “It’s almost like teacher’s unions are bad for education or something.” And that surprises you? Come on Rob.

  • David Atlee

    As I’ve said before, in order to be a liberal, you must check your logic at the door. Liberals don’t use logic to make decisions. They try to make decisions based on perceived “fairness” instead of what works and what doesn’t. This is just another example.

  • SigFan

    Hey, since Obama pointed this school as a “model” for success, maybe we can get him to kill the DoEd and strike down all the union rules everywhere? I’m not holding my breath on that one.

  • Jvette

    Typical, the liberals co-opt as an example of their success a school that actually succeeded because it was allowed to do what conservatives have been calling for, i.e. get out from under the thumb of the DoE and the NEA and have local control over itself.

    Education needs to return to the states and local school districts.

  • Bat One

    Some pigs are more equal than others.

    Meanwhile, Obama allows the Washington, DC school system to fester with corruption and ineffectiveness… a school system that spends more per pupil than any other major city, has one of the highest dropout rates and crime rates, and whose students have some of the lowest scores in the nation.

  • JustPlainBill1949

    Question in various forms that I’ve asked politicians since 1993: A. Send a child to a nurturing, Lexus quality school using a $7500 taxpayer funded voucher? OR,
    B. Send that same child to a violent, academically inferior Government Public School for
    $15,000? Obama choose B for Washington DC kids. Governor Perdue, US Senator Zell
    Miller, US Senator Saxby Chambliss, Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, etc…
    all chose B.
    Their mantra: ‘We Must Save (Government) Public Schools at ALL COSTS!—
    To Hell With Kids!

  • nostudme1

    Dismantle the NEA and DOE, union tainted examples of disaster. Out with unions.