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    girlfriend interned at one of the largest and most prestigious firms in NYC after her 2nd year of law school and was eventually offed a job. She currently works in another large prestigious firm in a major US city.  I hear about law firm life every night before bed, because of course she's still working at dinner time : )  

    Are you familiar with the book Proceed With Caution by William Keates, Esq.?  BTW are you also aware that as a profession, lawyers have the highest rate of suicide of any profession in the United States?  Not saying it is a bad profession, but to start equating how a law practice is run with education reform is, like much of education reform, misguided, and betrays a certain ignorance for what education is and what makes a classroom successful.  

    Finally as part of your "law firm model"  I expect you plan on paying teachers by the hour at a minimum of $75 per hour, and let teachers charge billable hours down to 5 minute increments to parents for any instruction provided outside of class as well any consulting that takes place through email and or phone communication. Expect in wealthier suburban schools to pay 2-3x the rate listed above.  

    In each parent contract, teachers will be compensated additional agreed upon payments for children who misbehave in class, don't do homework, or don't come to school having been fed breakfast.  

    Parents will receive monthly billing statements from every teacher their child has has in school.  Finally at anytime the teacher reserves the right to dismiss the child from class and terminate the contract if the child does not perform up to standards set by the school or demonstrate adequate progress in the curriculum.  

    The parent after all is responsible for the actions of the child and teachers, driven by financial incentives, will be working for year end bonuses and will justifiably only want students who can succeed.        

    I take political action every day. I teach.

    by jbfunk on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 08:09:24 AM PDT

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    •  And how about the clothing I stockpile in my (7+ / 0-)

      office for the children - all types, including shoes and socks for when kids come in with the bottoms falling off, not just pants and underwear for"accidents," and the coats, mittens and hats for winter.

      Or the food sacks (250+) I give out Fridays that come from the local food bank for those homes where there isn't enough to eat.

      And the glasses our school has paid for, when we just couldn't wait for the long long process for the paperwork to get through to get help from the Lions Club because glasses were needed right NOW?

      Can we factor that in somehow to the payments?

      And children not learning perfectly under the current system are the fault of the teachers HOW?

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