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Shakedown [MN teachers union plans 10-week TV ad campaign to push Legislature for more funding]
St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 2/6/10

Posted on 02/09/2010 6:51:17 AM PST by rhema

The state's largest teachers union, which stood against Minnesota's application for millions in federal "Race to the Top" funding, plans a 10-week TV ad campaign to push the Legislature for more funding. Don't cut schools to balance the budget, Education Minnesota will say.

But that plea leaves out important context, such as this from our side of the river:

1. During a deep recession, the union drives through $10 million worth of salary and benefit increases.

2. Which amounts to close to half of this year's operating deficit.

3. And then will be followed by TV ads urging the Legislature to spend more on schools.

4) In other words, to further subsidize raises for Education Minnesota members.

In the St. Paul district, teachers make up roughly half of the workforce. Their salary and benefit increases may be the pattern for the other 20-plus unions that make up the school district. It's not a stretch to posit that much of this year's operating deficit could be attributed to higher pay and benefits — during the deepest recession since the Great Depression.

If, like so many of their private-sector neighbors, the teachers union had taken a freeze while the state looks to close multi-billion-dollar budget holes, the rhetoric in the coming ad campaign might be harder to contest. Teachers do care about teaching, and children, after all, and many, just like many people in private business, go above and beyond in service to their profession. Instead, their union handed credibility over to Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who got it right when he said this: "If they want to really help, they should have their settlement demands and their union demands be geared toward reform and student improvement rather than just always demanding more money without reform."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: ads; education; educationfunding; educationminnesota; nea; pawlenty; school; unions

1 posted on 02/09/2010 6:51:18 AM PST by rhema
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To: MplsSteve
Instead, their union handed credibility over to Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who got it right when he said this: "If they want to really help, they should have their settlement demands and their union demands be geared toward reform and student improvement rather than just always demanding more money without reform."
2 posted on 02/09/2010 6:52:25 AM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

In our state, which is running a huge deficit the teachers were freaking out because they might take a hit but it looks like we are just going to raise taxes. That’ll work, huh?


3 posted on 02/09/2010 6:59:54 AM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: rhema

So, how much will this 10-week ad campaign cost?

Take the Union money that would be spent on the ads and give back to the teachers - since they are so concerned.

Oh wait, I forgot it doesn’t work that way.....


4 posted on 02/09/2010 7:06:50 AM PST by libertarian27 (Land of the FEE, home of the SHAMED)
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To: rhema

Love it how the teacher’s union in their Minnesota commercials says how they’re interested in educating the children. They’re only interested in their paycheck. If we doubled their salaries would the students get better grades?


5 posted on 02/09/2010 7:11:41 AM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: rhema

They’ve been at this already running ads for the past six months or so. I yell at the TV every time I see one.


6 posted on 02/09/2010 7:13:21 AM PST by johniegrad
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To: rhema

As I recall when my wife was a school nurse, her union dues was almost $1,000 per year and that was many years ago. If Minnesota teachers need more money dropping their union membership would help. Unfortunately Minnesota doesn’t have a right to work law so teachers are compelled to join the union. Most school funding doesn’t pay actual teachers salaries but funds scores of school administrators. Maybe reducing administration would free up more money to pay those who actually teach.


7 posted on 02/09/2010 7:15:05 AM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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8 posted on 02/09/2010 7:18:13 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: rhema

See “The Spreadsheet That the NEA Doesn’t Want You to See” at directorblue.blogspot.com/2010/02/spreadsheet-that-nea-doesnt-want-you-to.html

Looking at the line for Minysooota:

That state ranks number 20 in per pupil spending at $7,691.


9 posted on 02/09/2010 7:31:44 AM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: The Great RJ
My husband is a teacher in MN and his union dues are over $1500 a year. If he could opt out he would. Of course, we recently started homeschooling our children and if not for the union he most likely would have been fired for that personal choice.

Regarding how much teachers are paid...I believe there are large differences in salaries among different school districts. Knowing what my husband makes after 20 years of teaching, trust me, the high paid examples given in the media are not the norm for many teachers. Administrators have very generous salaries and it seems that there are more added all the time; most likely in order to implement the massive programs required by the federal and state Departments of Education. IMO, the DoE is a black hole where tons of money goes in and nothing good comes out.

Yes, I am able to stay home with our kids but it is due to the fact that my husband works one job from 4:30am - 6:30am, is at school from 7:30 - 4:30, then works a third job which goes until 6:30pm or midnight depending on what's needed. He's been averaging over 90 hours per week for the last two months. Our ‘good’ vehicle is 13 years old and the only new clothes the kids and I have had in the last two years are from garage sales. Even with his three jobs, we have qualified for certain welfare programs since 2000—we do not take part in that, it is not your responsibility to feed our children. We are content and are living the life we chose, I just want to dispell the myth that ALL teachers are overpaid and under worked.

10 posted on 02/09/2010 7:50:49 AM PST by Spudx7
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To: rhema

Haven’t they stolen enough?


11 posted on 02/09/2010 8:11:07 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Spudx7

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12 posted on 02/09/2010 8:37:40 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: theBuckwheat

Well, that list will be an affront to Education Minnesota. They won’t stop besieging the legislature until they’ve dragooned more than DC’s $13,187 per student.


13 posted on 02/09/2010 8:50:50 AM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: tiki
Washington State teachers union pulls this crap all the time....more money for the "children" when what they mean is more money for THEM.....

when I went to school, the class sizes were huge....yet there was a high degree of sucess.....

14 posted on 02/09/2010 9:03:28 AM PST by cherry
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To: Spudx7
I criticize teachers a lot but I had wonderful teachers in school....some of them nuns...and my own wonderful sister is a retired teacher.....so yes, I know you good ones are out there....

keep on, friend...sounds like you guys are good people....take FR criticism with a grain of salt...we're just frustrated with the system...

15 posted on 02/09/2010 9:08:07 AM PST by cherry
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To: rhema

Hey public school teachers.

Give me an H1B visa, and work out the paperwork, plus some for relocation and I’ll do your job for 20k a year.

Deal?


16 posted on 02/09/2010 10:51:28 AM PST by BenKenobi (;)
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To: BenKenobi

Oh and bonus, I actually speaka de English, and love America and her Constitution.


17 posted on 02/09/2010 10:52:17 AM PST by BenKenobi (;)
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To: BenKenobi

Well, that last sensibility is guaranteed to make you a tiny minority in many faculty lounges. In the United States of NEAdom, it’s OK that you love America, but not an America that actually swears fealty to its Constitution.


18 posted on 02/09/2010 11:01:00 AM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

Well, I’m not yet an American so that makes it ok. :p

Seriously, suffering from ‘Constitution envy’ up here in the Frozen north with our so-called Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Ugh.


19 posted on 02/09/2010 11:35:32 AM PST by BenKenobi (;)
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To: tiki

I spent forty years as a teacher and I can tell you this: while no one can support a family on a teacher’s salary, as a result almost every teacher’s family is a two-income family. The result is that most of them are fairly well off. Furthermore one CAN support a family the typical administrator’s salary, which is now above six figures. In a local small school district in my area, the Superintendent was (rightly) applauded) for turning down a $10,000 a year salary increase. Of course he is already making $225,000 a year. This is almost four times what the best paid teacher in his district gets. No one should begrudge such a salary for what is after all a multi-million a year enterprise. On the other hand, it is higher than what the governor of Texas is paid and he does have three assistants to share the load.


20 posted on 02/09/2010 12:48:56 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: Spudx7

As a retired teacher, I agree that you are between a rock and a hard place if you want to work at home raising your kids instead of getting a job yourself. The mindset is that teaching a women’s work/part-time work and the salary schedule reflects this. Coaches get extra compensation and that is a second job. Few members of the public know, or care, that administrators are generously paid, or that in school administration there is tremendous featherbedding. Even the unions tread lightly on administration compensation, and I dare say that the unions care more about “public education” than they do about their members. When he was sec. of education, Bill Bennett referred to school administration was “the blob,” because so much of federal aid went to maintaining administrative staff.


21 posted on 02/09/2010 1:02:34 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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