Skip to comments.Are Teachers With Master's Degrees Forced To Take Food Stamps?
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 masters degree who was eligible for a Bridge card.
Steve Cook, the MEAs president, said that a teacher he talked to was in his second year and had a masters degree and made $31,000 a year.
The problem? Publically available data of salaries for each district doesnt back Cooks claim. Cook didnt respond to an email requesting the school district that paid a full-time, second-year teacher with a masters degree $31,000 a year.
The Michigan Association of School Boards reported in 2011 that a first-year teacher with a bachelors 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 teachers contracts and found salaries for second-year teachers with masters 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 wont 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 masters 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 masters degree can make much more than $31,000 a year. For instance, in Grosse Pointe, a second year teacher with a masters 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 teachers 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 someones 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 dont have defined-benefit pensions, extravagant health care packages and three months paid vacation.
Cooks claim was not the first time an MEA representative has cried poor when discussing teachers 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 bachelors degree earned $35,741 in 2009-10. That teacher would be below the U.S. Census Bureaus poverty level if the teacher had a family of eight.
Poor suffering teachers.
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Eau Claire is one of the schools using the racist Pacific Educational Group curriculum I believe.
Yep, sounds like they definitely need to lower the income limit for the food stamps if fully employed teachers can qualify for them.
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."
TRUTH SIMPLY DOES NOT MATTER, ANYMORE
Only the meme....
Mrs. 40, now retired, made close to 80k teaching kindergarteners half day. She has a masters degree.
My niece made $44K to start in Connecticut with a master’s degree, teaching algebra to 8th-graders.
there’s a huge difference between “eligible” and “forced”
Many teachers work at summer jobs and they are not figuring in those wages.
Well the Dept of Ag commercials encourage it
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.
Agreed, its a parasitic system like leeches on the rectum of America.
My high school vice principal used to work on the farms with us during the summer.
“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!”
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