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  •  That is a loss (10+ / 0-)

    To see our educational system lose a quality educator over garbage policy decisions from on high is a true shame.

    •  Thanks. I'm sad about it too. (6+ / 0-)

      It is ridiculous to pretend that firing teachers based on student test scores, starting charter schools, giving out vouchers or implementing merit pay will overcome the challenges facing a child living in poverty. -Jersey Jazzman

      by Desert Rose on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 10:31:59 AM PST

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      •  I'm considering leaving teaching, too. We just (3+ / 0-)
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        Elizabeth 44, wasatch, Desert Rose

        heard from our union that our retirement fund (started in 1938) will be bankrupt in 22 years, since the state has not put in their part.  We, the teachers, are required by state law:
        1. Put in 11% of our salaries into the fund.  It's automatically deducted from our paychecks.
        2. And, we are not be allowed to participate in Social Security.

        So, that pension fund is ALL that many of us have!  If I leave teaching, I could at least get back the 70K or so I've put into the fund at this point, and I could invest it.  If I stay, and begin taking a partial retirement in 8 years, I could have food and shelter (at 50% of my $46 K salary) until I'm 76, and then, I guess I'm just supposed to die because I will have NO income at all and no nest egg.

        If I quit teaching in 3 years and go to work in the private sector, again, I could get my nest egg and invest it on my own. Then, with  5 more years put into Social Security, I could get full benefits.

        I am just sick in my heart about this!!  I can't believe I'm having to really consider leaving teaching -- I LOVE TEACHING (and yes, I'm shouting) -- just so I can eat and not be homeless when I'm 76.  

        Sorry to be OT with another state's issues ... it just hurts and came to mind.

        Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

        by bkamr on Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 01:49:44 PM PST

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        •  Why aren't you on Social Security? (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm a retiree of the Wa. St. Teacher's retirement system.  I also get Social Security that I paid into all these years.  We get both.  I'm also keeping an eye on the health of the state pension fund; so far so good.

      •  I, for one, lovely Rose, would be interested (1+ / 0-)
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        Elizabeth 44

        in reading about your reasons for retiring and the policies that have forced you to do so.

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