76 grand a year + benefits. Pay 3% of the their healthcare and a damned good retirement package and who are paying it the tax payers. All about the children what a bunch of bullcrap!
Educational philosophies like No Child Left behind no longer want the teacher to give information but have the students research the information on their own. "Teacher is to act as a facilitator" are words that are written throughout No Child Left Behind. If I give the students the information, I can recieve an unsatisfactory rating.
Last edited by copernicus; 09-12-2012 at 11:05 AM.
So just to be clear Copern, you support the teachers on the idea that they should not be evaluated bt results, and you support the teachers that that making $76K (on average) + Benefits + Time Off (double the average for Chacago workers) + 16% increase over 4 years is not enough.
However ..teachers should NOT make more than the general pupulation and should have benefits similar to private industry. A teacher making 60K to 80K is about right. Want more? Teach summer school, drivers ed, coach a team...
PLEASE, I BEG YOU dont bring up the we have masters degree BS.
If you were being asked to do twice the amount of work and learn new ideas that you have to pay for on your own would you ask for a raise?
Five years and counting without a new contract but the workload went from manageable to not even close with the explosion of testing in our schools.
PS 121 parents say they were never told about PCBs in school
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Frustrated parents gathered outside Public School 121 on Wednesday to blast the city Department of Education’s slow reaction to toxic chemicals leaking from lightbulbs.
After a letter was sent home from several schools last year notifying that it will take the DOE up to 10 years to remediate rampant PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), nonprofit NYC Communities for Change is helping parents fight back.
They protested about two weeks ago at a Queens elementary school where PCBs, which are linked to cancer and other health problems, were found in light fixtures.
But parents at P.S. 121 - known as the Throop School - said they never received a letter that their school joined nearly 800 others on an official list.
“The DOE didn’t even give us letters,” said angry grandmother Milagros Duchesne. “I never knew this was one of the schools that had this.”
Several parents at the rally insisted they never received a letter, which is mandated by city law.
“The law requires the DOE to notify parents of children attending schools with PCB lights, and let parents know when the lights are being removed,” charged Christina Giorgio, a staff attorney with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. “With regard to some schools, they didn’t even get the letter. And that’s the situation at 121.”
Department spokeswoman Marge Feinberg said a letter was sent home with students in April, and will be distributed again this week to notify parents.
“We will replace all fixtures that are likely to have PCBs as part of our comprehensive plan, which is unprecedented compared to other cities,” she said.
Meanwhile, several parents say their children’s asthma is getting worse, and that many have been complaining of headaches.
“She’s always coughing,” Duchesne said of her 5-year-old granddaughter, Yaidelyn Atuiar, who has asthma. “I live in the (Eastchester Garden) projects, where a lot of the kids live. A lot of them have no immune system. It’s just sad.”
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...#ixzz26H0a2dJQ
PCB-laced lighting fixture leaked onto a grade-schooler last week at Staten Island’s Public School 41, Department of Education officials acknowledged Tuesday.
After the Thursday incident — when a suspect substance dripped onto the kid’s desk and clothing — the teacher evacuated the entire class from the room, officials said.
City officials discovered the cancer-causing PCBs, but said the student was not contaminated.
PCBs were widely used in lighting fixtures before 1977, when the chemical was banned in construction materials.
But the city and has agreed to a 10-year timeline for removing all of the toxic timebombs at more than 700 schools. At 310 schools with visible leaks, the city has agreed to move more swiftly.
The latest step in that process will begin Wednesday with the replacement of all of PS 41’s lights, the city said.
Critics said the city has irresponsibly delayed the replacements.
“(Thursday’s leak) makes abundantly clear that the DOE must change ... remediate these light fixtures citywide immediately,” said Christina Giorgio of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, which has sued the city to force more swift action.
I find it unreal that you could defend a teacher's strike as being in the best interest of school children.I find it unreal how so many think all politicians are crooked and corrupt EXCEPT when it comes to how they make madates that affect some of the most vulnerable in our society, children.
But I get it, most of you get your info from FOX NEWS and politicians who would rather fire ALL teachers, good or bad, because it saves money that they can steal.
Here is the kicker, there are very few truly bad teachers in the system. It DEFINITELY does not warrant all of YOUR money being spent trying to prove it. Instead, its created an atmosphere where the whole system is stressed out because principals are trying to prove teachers are incompetent when there is very little evidence.
This is whats happening.
Without knowing a damn thing about it, calling a strike the day school starts is disgusting.
If you were going to strike, walk out in June. Let the city plan to keep school doors open however they can - because while that's bad for your leverage, it's what's best for the children, and their interests have to come first.
This? This is saying "F the children; we'll do whatever it takes to get ours"
That's not an attitude I can condone.
Absolutely. Thr principal is not being graded based on the performance of their teachers, right?
I have seen reported from many areas - from Atlanta, to NYC, to Chi, to right here in Charleston - fraud in the classroom. fantastic improvements in scores. Yep, the teachers were feeding answers. In some cases, as in here, PRINCIPALS were changing incorrect answers on tests. So as to look better AND make more money. HMMM.
The offenders were here were either fired or "got out of town" before prosecution.
Complaints? The NAACP. Why? Mostly black schools and mostlt black teachers. Parents were upset that the "wonderful teachers" could no longer teach their children. That is CHEAT for their children.
BTW, I don't agree with that. But if you are suggesting that a teacher's performance can't be evaluated under current conditions, that's the necessary conclusion to draw - no point in paying teachers anything beyond replacement wages, and certainly no reason to give them tenure or experience pay.
As an untenured teacher the principal and vice principal officially observe the teacher in the classroom setting ten times a year. As a tenured teacher, the principal observes the teacher anywhere from four to six times a year. These evaluations are written up as an official document and signed off by the superintendent and are placed in the teachers official file along with suggestions of how to improve. This is a requirement that ALL teachers and principals must go by. In everyone of my 16 years of teaching I have been observed officially multiple times.