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Do you think teachers should have better benefits than everyone else???

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      Tuliplady wrote Feb 18, 2011
    • Amen Annie.  

       I hear so much crying about how underpaid teachers are.  Well hello, in our area their salary gets published in the paper every school year.  I could live QUITE comfortably on what most of them make!!!  Plus they get benefits, and summers off and weekends off.

      I’d love to have a job where I get holidays and sick days and vaction!!!!




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      Jenz ~ wrote Feb 18, 2011
    • Nope.

      And after the stunt they pulled at the last second yesterday [going on strike] AFTER kids were on their way to school, and working parents were already punched in at work who had to leave and lose $,
      I think not even more strongly so.
      $5o,ooo annually with plush benefits is beyond sufficient.
      If they aren’t grateful to have that for nine months of work per year w/ 3 months off, then something’s quite wrong.
      If it were up to me they’d all have been fired.




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Feb 18, 2011
    • Some of the protestors are holding signs saying “I love my students.” Welllll - Then get your butt back in the classroom!!! I also agree that teaching is a noble profession. For goodness sake, my husband has been an educator for more than 30 years. But, as an administrator he really holds his teachers accountable for the quality of education they give the kids. He runs a private school. Our public school system in Hawaii is deplorable! Any excuse for a day off (in service day) and our public school teachers are out of the classroom.

      I’m now a student myself of our state university system. That’s been an eye opener. My business teacher spends the first half of our class talking about himself, telling stupid stories and reminding us that since he has tenure the college can’t fire him and he can say whatever he wants in class. Truly! I have all of this on video since he films all of his lectures. It’s maddening! And to think that the tax payers will be helping to fund his retirement! Arrggghhh!




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      Lazylola wrote Feb 18, 2011
    • No. Anyone going into the teaching profession usually knows what pay to expect. Teaching isn’t for everyone and I can’t imagine anyone going into it based on pay alone...it has its benefits with summers off but long hours during the school year. Many of my cousins are teachers and they all have the same complaints, but they knew what to expect going into it.

      I wish I had the benefits teachers had at some of the jobs I had.




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      Mztracy wrote Feb 18, 2011
    • ditto Ruby!




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      Cheekymonkey wrote Feb 19, 2011
    • Now thats the right answer Annie and who controls the unions?...not the teachers per say.
      It isnt about should they its about self presavation. Look unions are in play and if u belong to one why not get all u can? Its the same for non umion we try to get all we can.
      Unions are destroying us,as states as a country.
      But dont fault the teachers if its there (union) when u become a teacher then of course they are going for it.
      Benifits and pay are to different topic. They do not deserve more benifits such as vacation,sick,or time off and they have great health care (union).
      But as far as wages yes I believe they need to be paid more and without a union.
      Everyone states they knew going in...no they truely cant because noone is prepared going into the job market for the full ramifications or the budget. And the budget is coming from the powers that be.
      Unions are it,the problem. Without them I know the teachers that are bad would be gone.
      Its a mess but it needs to start by rethinking the unions...small task there




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      Marya1961 wrote Feb 19, 2011
    • That is one reason why I am all for home schooling, and if I had the opportunity back when our son was first starting school, then we would have joined a home schooling group.  The little girl across the street from us, is absolutely thrilled that she can stay home with her mom, receive books and literature, a computer, essential teaching items, etc.., all through home delivery service.  They meet with other moms who are trained as home school teachers and form their own groups...the kids still get the social interaction, go on field trips, get one-one attention from not only mom, but other moms and dads...it is wonderful.

      As far as the teachers go it is a 50-50 shot...some of them are over-worked, some of them don’t work enough...this strike business is ridiculous to me and to be honest our son had both parochial, public and charter school teaching at different times in his life and I would choose charter school teaching completely if there was no choice, otherwise home schooling is the way to go.




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      Cathie Beck wrote Feb 19, 2011
    • I don’t think they should have better benefits than everyone else. I think part of the income pay rate issue is they do have months off work and still have health benefits as long as the school keeps them employed. How many jobs gives us benefits during 3 months off on a year after year basis?  

      Cathie




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      Mzd3 wrote Feb 19, 2011
    • I feel teachers deserve as good as benefits as other college educated careers. They have stressful jobs and deserve to be compensated.




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      Mzd3 wrote Feb 19, 2011
    • My daughter is 24 and went to college for teaching, she owes $100,000 in student loans, which is $1000 a month for years and years to come. SO when she is teaching, most all of her pay goes to student loans...now THAT sucks!




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      Angelcart wrote Feb 24, 2011
    • The more I see on the news the angrier this makes me.  They said teacher’s can’t strike so they are calling it a protest.  (Right!).  Also, this blew me away, they actually had pizza’s delivered to the teachers to feed them AND had Dr.s there handing out excuses!!!  Now, when I go to the Dr. and especially one for the first time you have to fill out paperwork, the meds your on, why your their, medical history, etc. etc.  The Dr’s said they were their on their own time (at no charge to the protestors) handing out excuses.  Very odd that the Dr’s & teachers would not show the reporter a blank form they were receiving.  Why?

      Well I have not had a raise in over 5 years & I pay out the A** for crappy insurance.  

      As far as teachers spending out of their pockets, well my son was in a private school from kindergarten through 5th grade.  I paid dearly to have him in that school and I still had to send numerous supplies to the school which included tissue, paper towels and arts & crafts materials.  Keep in mind my son is 21 years old so this  was not receently!

      I say they need to get back to work OR quit their job, I’m sure there are plenty of out of work teachers who would gladly take their place.




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