I am a middle school student and the son of 2 Palm Beach County teachers. My mom has been teaching for 18 years and my dad just started 5 years ago. I know that my mom used to get raises but has not for a few years. I do not think my dad has gotten a raise since he started.
Teaching is a hard job that requires a lot of time and effort. People think that it is all about the vacation but I know that even on their days off, my parents are working by grading papers and planning for their classes.
Raises are important because it is hard to make a living and many teachers have to get a second job just to stay afloat. This is on top of all the grading and planning that happens after the 7.5 regular hours each day.
I hope that the School Board is able to find the money that the teachers deserve. Their job is hard and they do not get enough credit!
As the quality of the education plummets, and these schools ruin more of our childrens futures, we have to endure these union beggars whining for more money. Everyone is aware that obama has ruined the economy and most people can barely make ends meet. But the beggar, overpaid union thugs are out like the street people at exit ramps, begging for more money. Anyone who sends their children to public schools is guilty of child abuse.
Everything teachers say about their jobs is true.( I've been teaching in PBCo. Part time and full time since 1980). We are right to expect our school board to pay us for what we do. However, we need to look beyond the local school board. Every teacher and concerned individual who wants to help public education needs to harness the power of their vote for state legislators and federal. We need to show with our votes who should be in Tallahassee sending money for public education. Instead of holding signs for raises, we need to hold signs for voting . We have power, we need to get to the right place to wield that power!!!
The Post is putting a positive spin on the 3% pay cut the teachers of Palm Beach County have endured. They will not "eventually get it back". In order to "get it back", they would have to receive 3% more in retirement benefits for every year they contributed than they would have if no 3% contribution had been made. The 3% "contribution" is in fact a pay cut & it needs to be recognized as such. Teachers are not only NOT getting raises, they are being expected to do more for less. The general public needs to wake up to the reality that Florida politicians do, in deed, have "a devious plan". That plan is to undermine public education in the state & send more and more tax dollars to the private, for profit, education businesses.
Yes, look at the interest they have for our children... I'm upset with the entire system. You show them no insensitive the children suffer .... Fcat speaks for Itself..... Pay them well n let our children be children....take POLITICS OUT OF OUR CLASSROOMS!
Teachers are only human. Thank God in a world where corporate and political robots value money and data over people, yet because we are not heartless we can't do it all. We have expenses, families, student loans for MASTERS degrees that have yet to earn a 7 year teacher at least 40K a year. With increasing demands/blame placed on educators, we're left to put first things first (the dire needs of students and our endless increase in paperwork/scrutiny, and economic hardship). The extra time and money we used to spend willingly is slowly coming to an end (not eliminated because again we are not heartless).Teacher morale has more than hit bottom- it has sunk. Extra attention to lessons suffer. Teachers don't have the time due to increasing professional (district/political) demands coupled with a society that doesn't value us- we have second and third jobs! We hear daily from our doctors to our cashiers, "It's unbelievable what teachers are paid." Yet nothing has changed. As a society we need to think about the message we're sending to our children- never would I (as a teacher that loves teaching my students, but sometimes hates my job) let a child of mine enter this profession. When you offer little- you get the same. I, not alone, predict a massive decline in the quality of teachers that enter this profession starting now! Many capable teachers are leaving universities, but how many will enter and major in education now. Not my kids! I bet not yours too!
As a teacher for the school district it is disheartening to have to BEG for what I've earned. The district claims they have no money for raises but we pay for Hernandez Audits and consulting fees for high paid retired employees to come back and make even more. While the majority of teachers are in debt and depressed, working multiple jobs to keep the lights on. And let's not even talk about how teachers educate hundreds of children during their career and the majority of us sit up at night trying to figure out how we're ever going to afford to send our own children to college! I don't want a robo call from Mr. Gent telling me I'm appreciated. I want the board to do whatever they have to, to pay teachers the salaries we were promised. No more excuses and justified reasons why it's just not possible. We work our butts off, we jump through hoops, we are "team players" but this is INSANE!! We could work at the mall and get a regular increase after working so long! Enough is enough!! And if this board and the CTA can't do it perhaps we need to find an attorney and launch a class action suit!