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  •  One thing is for sure (1+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster

    With average teacher salaries $70,000 + in Chicago and with 40% of the students not graduating high school, teachers deserve a big pay raise and better bennies and such.

    Who would be against that?

    The truth is like the can shut it out for a time, but it isn't going away.

    by r2did2 on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:45:09 PM PDT

    •  I think that is the challenge for many districts, (2+ / 0-)
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      bookgirl, AgavePup

      if you have a high percentage of kids who don't show up, (in high school), what do you do about it? How do you teach people who don't show up?

    •  The whole fucking country deserves a raise! (3+ / 0-)

      These teachers are, for the most part, busting their asses in an inner city poisoned by poverty. The poverty and lack of funding to the public schools, funds that are being bagged off to the corporately owed charters, are the reasons so many schools in America fail. Not because a profession with the hardest working people in America in its ranks are just phoning it in.

      If you think you're paying too much for education now wait till the corporations take over. And you'll be paying for the Walmart wage teachers food stamps too.  

    •  Sooo (0+ / 0-)

      cutting teacher pay in half, to $35,000- as is the case with some of the lauded charter schools-- this creates/motivates great teaching how?

      the high staff turnover rate at charter schools? left out of the discussion, of course.

      "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

      by Superpole on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 03:58:42 AM PDT

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