On a serious note…

With the rapid and consistent decline of the economy, the important of education is becoming more apparent… and it’s not looking good.  There is talk of the state denying payment to the school districts for 15 school days or even a whole month.

Getting out of school in May would be a change.  There has been consistent chatter around our school about what would happen if teachers would have to go without pay for a month.  Some are in precarious situations, some of my coworkers are the only working parent in their family and others, like Jess and I, both get our income from the school district.

In our district, we have already given up 3 school days (sadly, they were our snow days) which just from my pay alone, took a $600 pay hit.  I’ll let you plow through the math to see what 15 days or more would look like.

Sometimes it feels as though education is the punching bag sometimes.  The mantra that teachers earn too much, get too much vacation, have a job that is too easy.  All misnomers, I assure you.  But that’s not the worst part, that would be the rampant claims of “Education is important, we have to fund schools!”  I understand we’re taking a hit, but when you drown education, you can’t expect it to reach the already difficult goals (thanks, NCLB).

Ironically, this isn’t a gripe… more of a rant.  It is kind of astounding that there are billions given to business, in turn, these business buy a $87,000 rug which would easily fund two teachers for a year.  Not to mention the $1,400 garbage can that would be a hefty load of text books.  What does a $1,400 garbage can look like anyways?  I’d be afraid to throw stuff away in it.  I bet there is expensive garbage for that can.

Early summer?  Second job?  Keeping our jobs?

Who knows?

Just slightly daugnting.

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About Wellsy

Chris is a twenty-something Special Education teacher and Football coach in a little town south of Eugene, Oregon. Chris happily lives with his beautiful wife and his terribly uncoordinated Grate Dane named Moose. Chris has been known to travel, like reading, wanting more time to writing, be in the outdoors more, and generally not befoul the world.

Posted on February 9, 2009, in politics, random whine, teaching and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. WTF, people actually say teachers earn too much? Who are these people and can I smack them?

    It’s scary out there right now, for sure. I get blindly, irrationally angry if I think too hard about the income disparities going on in America these days. Have you read “This Land is Their Land,” by Barbara Ehrenreich? She is ANGRY and funny and RIGHT. You might enjoy it (or it might make you scream).

    re: 15 days off — it’s better than layoffs, though, isn’t it? The mister has been unemployed since September or so and I can assure you I’d rather have his income minus half a month, than no income. Are you allowed to apply for unemployment for those 15 days?

  2. I’ll have to take a read of Ehrenreich.

    Agreed about the 15 days, it is all about degrees. Granted, 15 days would suck, but we would easily manage, the scenarios (their plausibility, I’m unsure of) that scare me is that we get May-June “off” and the district being penniless would not be able to pay us during the summer. We’re only on a 190 day contract, with the payment of those days (Sept-June) are spread out over a 12 month period so we don’t have to actually control our own spending habits, at least over an extended period. What’s frightening is that we would hypothetically work Sept. through April, with the district out of money they would not be able to pay us for time already worked.

    Of course, that may all be just blown out of proportion because it’s fun to get freaked out and not sleep at night. But the prospect of the last check coming April 31st and the next one not until September 31 makes me squirm. Don’t get me wrong, I love my district, I trust them… it’s the state government that I think is primed to really screw this one up.

  3. Apparently, teachers barely get in the door at 8:00am and are out by 3:00pm on the dot.

    Check this out, it’s political dribble, but it’s what some people think (read the comments mostly):
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/927042/posts

    (Let me point out that I am at school before 7am and rarely leave before 4)

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