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  •  I'm a teacher and have taught in Tx, LA and (4+ / 0-)

    Nevada and I am amazed at a 7 hour school day much less a 5 hour 45 minute one.  Wow!

     The shortest day in the classroom I ever had was in New Orleans, 2nd grade, and I taught from 7:50 am to 3:15pm.   I was required to do both breakfast duty that started at around 7:20am til the bells rang and also get everyone home (bus, cars whatever) until about 3:45pm before we were allowed to leave the halls.  In Texas it was 8:00 to 3:45...bell to bell not including duties before and after.  

    I just cannot imagine a less than 6 hour day....24% raise.  Wow again!  

    •  if you want more work... (3+ / 0-)
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      gffish, gustynpip, jofr

      ... you should pay more money. That seems fair and equitable. Just because it is not happening in other parts of the country doesn't mean it shouldn't. Or... do you think it shouldn't? Seriously? Do you?

      •  Yes! Fight those Republican bastards! (3+ / 0-)
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        gffish, rcnewton, harvarddem

        We can't let Republicans like Rahm Emmanuel and the other Tea Baggers running Chicago force something like this down teacher's throats!

        •  Emmanuel is a jerk (3+ / 0-)

          and has been from day 1.  He has very conservative views and always had.  Not mention, he's a total bully.  Public employees are finally getting to the point where they've had it with the bad mouthing, whether it comes from the tea party of DK - and there's plenty of it here, let me tell you.  

          Act like a Republican, and I call you a Republican.   Act like a tea partier, then expect to be call one.  So, yes, it came from a Republican tea partier.

    •  I agree a shorter day than most schools but (2+ / 0-)
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      not this time, rcnewton

      I think the point here is if you are going to work more hours you should be paid accordingly. I'm not sure how they arrived at 24% though. This is probably going to be a PR nightmare for ALL teachers' unions regardless.

      •  It will only be a "PR nightmare" (3+ / 0-)
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        gustynpip, JanL, loveistheanswer

        if we don't fight back and let the so-called "reformers" dominate the conversation. Look: they claim they want an "effective" teacher in every classroom. If they are not willing to pay, we need to call them out for lying. Teachers pay should be doubled. There's not enough money in the world to get me to do this job in the current climate — and apparently, young people agree. I don't know a single bright young person planning on teaching.

        Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

        by anastasia p on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 10:44:57 PM PDT

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      •  Nah-Teaching's gotten to be so bad there's nothing (4+ / 0-)

        they could do to us that could make it worse than it is.  50% of the workforce leaves in less than 5 years.  This is the worst I've ever seen it and I've been teaching for 40 years.  Even in suburban communities, it's bad.  There's nothing you can throw at us that we're not getting already.   I'm glad someone is finally standing up for themselves.

      •  I did the math and it's 24% more minutes (1+ / 0-)
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        happymisanthropy

        My estimate was 18,250 additional minutes on what was originally a 76,000 minute contract.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 07:52:47 AM PDT

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    •  I hate to say it, but you taught in 2 states (1+ / 0-)
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      JanL

      with a very high percentage of bad schools.  That's what bad school systems do - throw everything but the kitchen sink onto the teacher workload and the results show it.

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