a statement from florida’s teachers about their extravagant salaries…

In Education, Education advocacy, School reform on Thursday, 10 January 2013 at 04:58

i saw this on facebook.  the link to the group is: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Teachers-Against-Pay-For-Performance-Salary-Pay-Scales/10150134353705537  

my sister-in-law is a teacher in florida and i have heard first-hand from her how they are determining their pay now (and it’s not pretty, especially when the kids you teach are more concerned with how they are going to get a meal for the night and find a place for them and their families to stay…kinda makes them a bit less focused on school, huh?).  pay-for-performance, value-added, education “reform”…why is the blame put on the teachers???  if any major corporation, say coca cola (i live in atlanta, it comes to mind first) saw a severe loss in profits and poor performance, would everyone be screaming to fire the plant workers, delivery people, distributors, etc?  of course, not.  because any corporation is only as good as its leadership.  so, i would think the executives would have to answer to their higher-ups about the poor performance, not blame the “workers.”  so, with that example, how is it that the teachers are the ones under fire???  doesn’t it start at the top???

here’s the florida teacher post:

Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It’s time we put thing in perspective and pay them for what they do – babysit! We can get that for minimum wage. That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That …would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan– that equals 6 1/2 hours). Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations. LET’S SEE…. That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year. Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!

The average teacher’s salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) WHAT A DEAL!!!!



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