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Buck up, Seattle.
Personally I call his type of Republican Reagan babies i.e. they hit their teen years during the Reagan Presidency and bathed in the Koolaid.
Please note: It costs more to educate a 3rd grader in Seattle than the tuition at UW. And teachers in Seattle make more than teachers in Bellevue, and with much lousier results.
As nearly 40% of students in North Seattle attend private schools to escape a fatal system, its hardly and endorsement of the swill served up by Seattle's union teachers.
This isn't about fairness. This is only a union shakedown.
Could I get a citation for your claim anyways?
I know of NO teachers who can live on working 9 months per year, not when I was in school, when we often ran into our teachers working at the mall during the summer, not now, when my kids' fabulous teachers are having to give private lessons, teach summer schools, work at day camps, afterschool classes, parents nights out, community centers, tutor online and at tutoring centers, and God knows what else, YEAR ROUND! This on top of untold hours working FOR FREE grading papers, holding science fairs, volunteering at auctions, dances, walkathons, field trips, science camps, competitions, school events, parents' night-outs, PTSA meetings, etc. etc. etc. One of the best teachers we had quit because she was working late into the night EVERY DAY and had no time for her own family!
So just shut the fuck up with your disrespect nasty trolls.
We will NEVER be able to compete globally if we treat our teachers like servants. Ever wonder why some of the poorest countries like Vietnam have much higher literacy rate than the US? That
would be because teachers are revered in their cultures. It's very simple, our children won't be able to learn anything if we tell them their teachers aren't worth being paid a living wage or treated with respect! Why should they listen and learn from people whom we disrespect, demonize and blame for all our societal failures?
There's a national shortage of teachers right now, so if you don't want your kids taught by untrained people, better start supporting your teachers and stop allowing yourselves to be manipulated by the types of people who outsourced jobs and cut your pay while giving themselves raises and bonuses and guaranteed salaries even when they're fired for gross incompetence!
@8: take most of the tough kids to teach and put them in one place. take out most of the easy kids to teach. now, produce results equal to the place where the easy kids went.
Maybe that pay is too low, I suppose that is for the union to hammer out. But it is nonsense to states that they work "for free" or only get paid for nine months of work.
@14 Teachers are, in effect, seasonal workers. Though our monthly checks are spread throughout the year because part of salary is withheld (basically a no-interest loan to ourselves), we are paid for the 180-something days of the school year. Period. Holidays, breaks and summers are all mandatory unpaid leave. This isn't a problem, just a misconception that needs clearing up.
Pay is an issue in this contract negotiation, but it is far from the only issue. The district didn't even bother to show up to the bargaining table much of the time, then dropped their rejections of union proposals, with no feedback or counter-proposals, and the additional, uncompensated 1/2 hour to the work day one week before the deadline. The fact they have have no desire to fix the fact that majority white, north-end elementary schools get 45 minutes of recess, while minority south-end schools get 15 in unbelievable to me. They've demonstrated an utter disregard for their employees and students alike.
Ah, the rallying cry of dumb right-wingers everywhere who don't have evidence to back up their claims. Hey buddy, it may interest you to know that while there are people who live on a minimum-wage job (earning $13,080 a year before taxes), such people generally don't earn a Master's in order to do so. Forgive me for thinking that maybe professionals with advanced degrees should earn a better living than burger flippers and register jockeys.
I grew up in a community in Massachusetts where we paid 2.5% property taxes for school. Do the math.
WA state is pathetically undertaxed.