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Are Teachers With Master's Degrees Forced To Take Food Stamps?
Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/4/2012 | Tom Gantert

Posted on 04/05/2012 8:52:24 AM PDT by MichCapCon

The president of the Michigan Education Association claims he talked to a teacher with a master’s degree who was eligible for a Bridge card.

Steve Cook, the MEA’s president, said that a teacher he talked to was in his second year and had a master’s degree and made $31,000 a year.

The problem? Publically available data of salaries for each district doesn’t back Cook’s claim. Cook didn’t respond to an email requesting the school district that paid a full-time, second-year teacher with a master’s degree $31,000 a year.

The Michigan Association of School Boards reported in 2011 that a first-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree had an average salary of $36,798.

Michael Van Beek, education policy director of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, looked at the five public school districts with the lowest average teacher salaries, according to the 2009-10 Michigan Department of Education Bulletin 1014.

Van Beek checked the teacher’s contracts and found salaries for second-year teachers with master’s degrees ranging from $34,385 to $35,140. The five school districts were Eau Claire, Fennville, Colon, Climax-Scott and Mendon.

And many of those teachers won’t stay at those salaries for long with step-increases included in their contracts. For example, a teacher at Eau Clair in his or her second year with a master’s degree made $34,385 and that included a 6-percent step increase from the previous year.

However, in higher paying districts, second-year teachers with a master’s degree can make much more than $31,000 a year. For instance, in Grosse Pointe, a second year teacher with a master’s degree makes $52,265. In River Rouge, that teacher makes $50,522.

Cook wrote that, “in recent years, Lansing politicians have pushed many school employees — maybe your child's teacher — right out of the middle class and into the ranks of the working poor.”

The average teacher’s salary in Michigan is $63,024, according to the Michigan Department of Education.

Cook also wrote: “When a professional with a master's degree is eligible for a Bridge Card — Michigan's version of welfare assistance — something has gone terribly wrong."

Van Beek said salary is not the only consideration when determining someone’s poverty status.

“Regardless of their base salary level, the claim that teachers are being pushed into poverty is dubious,” Van Beek said. “People living in poverty don’t have defined-benefit pensions, extravagant health care packages and three months paid vacation.”

Cook’s claim was not the first time an MEA representative has cried poor when discussing teacher’s salaries.

Ric Hogerheide, an MEA UniServe director, claimed that first-year teachers in the Lansing School District were paid below the poverty level in 2011. A first-year teacher with a bachelor’s degree earned $35,741 in 2009-10. That teacher would be below the U.S. Census Bureau’s poverty level if the teacher had a family of eight.


TOPICS: Education
KEYWORDS: public; spending

1 posted on 04/05/2012 8:52:27 AM PDT by MichCapCon
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To: Springman; Sioux-san; 70th Division; JPG; PGalt; DuncanWaring

Poor suffering teachers.

If anyone wants on the Michigan Cap Con Ping list let me know.


2 posted on 04/05/2012 8:54:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Eau Claire is one of the schools using the racist Pacific Educational Group curriculum I believe.


3 posted on 04/05/2012 8:58:51 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: MichCapCon

Yep, sounds like they definitely need to lower the income limit for the food stamps if fully employed teachers can qualify for them.


4 posted on 04/05/2012 9:02:22 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: MichCapCon
Are Teachers With Master's Degrees Forced To Take Food Stamps?

Of course not! The Federal Food Stamp program (which the libs are desperately trying to rename SNAP (Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program)) is entirely voluntary.

nobama is no longer the "Food Stamp President." Now he can be the "SNAP President."

5 posted on 04/05/2012 9:02:45 AM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: MichCapCon

TRUTH SIMPLY DOES NOT MATTER, ANYMORE

Only the meme....


6 posted on 04/05/2012 9:06:37 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: MichCapCon

Mrs. 40, now retired, made close to 80k teaching kindergarteners half day. She has a masters degree.


7 posted on 04/05/2012 9:21:47 AM PDT by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: MichCapCon

My niece made $44K to start in Connecticut with a master’s degree, teaching algebra to 8th-graders.


8 posted on 04/05/2012 9:24:12 AM PDT by proxy_user
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To: MichCapCon

there’s a huge difference between “eligible” and “forced”


9 posted on 04/05/2012 9:24:17 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: MichCapCon

Many teachers work at summer jobs and they are not figuring in those wages.


10 posted on 04/05/2012 9:34:21 AM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: MichCapCon

Well the Dept of Ag commercials encourage it


11 posted on 04/05/2012 9:43:41 AM PDT by hecht (Murray use your coaster)
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To: cripplecreek

masters degrees for teachers are another big education scam to providce teaching jobs for education masters who can’t find work in k-12. just klike MFAs (master of fine arts) degrees are a scam by big education to provide jobs for failed artists.
you don’t need an mfa to teach basic computer gtraphics programs.


12 posted on 04/05/2012 10:02:03 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: bravo whiskey

Agreed, its a parasitic system like leeches on the rectum of America.


13 posted on 04/05/2012 10:05:03 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: trailhkr1

My high school vice principal used to work on the farms with us during the summer.


14 posted on 04/05/2012 10:06:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: MichCapCon

“Congratulations, graduates on your new Masters degrees. HANDS UP!!!!! Take these food stamps or else! If you get a PhD, we’ll make you trade in your old clunker car for a Volt!”


15 posted on 04/05/2012 10:53:09 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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