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?
Just slightly daugnting.