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  •  This is what I've always said... (none)
    Teachers should be TAX EXEMPT...period.  They should pay zero dollars in taxes.  Churches do it.  And I'm pretty sure that our priest makes more than some of the teachers in my area.  This could possibly be another way to get good teachers into the school systems.
    •  If one group of people stop paying taxes (none)
      then another group must pay more to make up the difference.

      Which group would you propose?

    •  Teaching is too easy (none)
      to get into. Frankly, the educational requirements to get into teaching are weak and that has a lot to do with why teaching is not as highly respected as being a doctor or a lawyer (though clearly that is a bad example on this board). I'm not saying that there aren't a lot of excellent, brilliant teachers. But I am saying that there are a plethora of mediocre to dull teachers who can barely function in their native language and/or are just bad with kids. The bad ones are impossible to fire and the good ones don't get merit pay for being the best. No wonder our best students don't want to join this group. Throwing money at the problem won't help. It needs money and some kind of meritocratic structure that weeds out the bad ones.
    •  Not a bad idea (none)
      Theoretically, because teachers are generally poorly paid, it might be a big benefit to them, while not costing the rest of society that much. I'd like to see if someone has actually studied this, run the numbers.

      There are a lot of ways to create incentives for people to take important jobs, and society needs to be creative.

      In loving memory: Sophie, June 1, 1993-January 17, 2005. My huckleberry friend.

      by Paul in Berkeley on Sun Jul 03, 2005 at 12:38:18 PM PDT

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      •  Hmmm... (none)
        Although I don't necessarily agree that teachers need to be paid more, I do like the idea of using the income tax to spread the burden more equitably. Using local property tax to fund school systems practically guarantees that plenty of children will be left behind.

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