Can I observe that words have meaning?
They are saying that good people won’t go into education because they don’t want to live like paupers. What the heck kind of word choice is that?
So, 40 grand a year is living like a pauper? I agree that such a person is not getting rich, but such a person is not a pauper. What the heck are they talking about?
And this pauper can make up to 72 grand along with a benefit package after a number of years on the job. That’s living as a pauper, so people will not want those jobs? Really????
I must be missing something somewhere.
Well, if you ask teachers they'll tell you how important their work is, how it's more of a "calling" than a vocation like the rest of schlubs, that they're on a higher level, sacrificing their needs for the good of the community. In fact, most government workers will give you that spiel.
You can tell that Mr. Wilson has never worked in a factory if he thinks that teachers are going to be leaving for factory jobs.
It’s the Supt position that is worthless.
What, exactly, does this loser do that couldn’t be duplicated with greater sucess by a Class of 1948 High School Grad?
Hey Supt, about giving up some of your salary so that the teachers (who are the ONLY ones doing any work) get better pay?
Cut the propaganda! Most beginning teachers in WI make $50k PLUS Cadillac health, life, and retirement plans for which they contribute almost nothing. It used to be that they contributed nothing, but Scott Walker changed that so that they now contribute a small amount towards those benefits.
I just looked at my Mom’s retirement benefit (CA teacher). She’s been retired more than 25 years and she gets zlmost $3000 per month to live on, PLUS quarterly payments of another $3000. Not too shabby, I’d say.
In WI the teachers retire at 50 and go back to work at the same job, same classroom the next day collecting pay PLUS retirement benefits almost equal to their pay. Not too shabby.
I defy you to find a factory job that has anything like that.
if this teacher is so dang smart and talented, let him go find that job that requires only 8-9 months of work, fantastic benefits, and pension, and gets assured that he'll never be fired, ever...
btw...the superintendent just wants his paycheck to increase...the more we have to pay the underlings, the more he'll demand...
Perhaps if teachers were permitted to enforce discipline in the classroom and TEACH foundational tools of life, rather than indoctrinate a liberal agenda, the career field would be more appealing?
This article is full of half-truths.
I live in NY, a state very much like MI. For one, teachers’ salaries may start at the level, but they do rise with seniority. Also, they get excellent benefits. Of course, they only work 8 months per year. Most teachers I know also have summer jobs.
Regardless of what he says, personnel costs are 70-75%% of our local district year budget
Moreover, teachers (or their unions) have chosen to have MANY teachers vs. having fewer with higher pay. Again, here in our NY district, we have a teacher for everything. Computer room? Teachers needed. Guidance counselors? 4 for 400 seniors. Librarians? Several. PE teachers and coaches - many!
I call BS. I started out as a teacher with a stay at home wife at 28K a year.
$40,530 / 9 = $4,503.33 * 12 = $54,040 a year. $33280 / $54,040 = 61.5% of the teacher’s salary.
What this superindent is whining about is that he wants to steal more money from a person making 28.5% less than a teacher so that the teacher can make more. In other words, he wants to WIDEN the income gap. Hypocricy, thy name is MEA.
I think Superintendent salaries need to be raised so we get some who are brighter than Ron Wilson.
Ron, send some of your teachers down south. I can probably help them get factory jobs for $10. an hour with no health insurance or retirement.
Factory work produces something useful for society...
40 grand sounds like a pretty decent salary to me. Certainly, they're not getting rich, but neither are they paupers.
If they can't get by - perhaps it's time for the wife to work? Or the teacher to take a 2nd, summer job? Or the family to move? Or the teacher to find a higher paying gig? Or any number of other options?
But no. It's easier to sit and whine about the consequences of your decisions.