At first I didn't understand why John Yang claimed "For Judy Cinnamond it is with a sense of satisfaction." The satisfaction in her retirement is because she can still remember "getting up coming to work feeling like I'm doing something valuable" and now with so many elected officials dedicating so much time to causing stress and anxiety for hard working teachers, she is finally getting a break. The segment ended with "One more experienced teacher joining the growing ranks of public workers deciding to call it quits."
NBC understood that there was much more story than they could squeeze into the nightly news and this web only follow up gives Judy Cinnamond more of a chance to share her wisdom. She stresses why older teachers are so important in the public school system. Her explanation of why it will be good to get out is a reflection of these times, "It's gotten to the point now where I just need to retire. I need to rid myself of all the rhetoric, rid myself of all the negativity that goes on as far as contract negotiations and I need to, you know, go on to my next job."
And in this video the principal of West Windsor Plainesboro High School, parents, students and other teachers who worked with Judy Cinnamond try to explain the loss that politicians don't value. "The knowledge that she has from the teaching of mathematics, from the teaching of kids and from getting kids to learn, when she walks out the door we lose a lot of that. We lose almost all of it."
It is also not just Republicans. Did you see this weeks news from across the river? Cuomo Urges Broad Limits to N.Y. Public Pensions. After the previous give backs, Cuomo is still very concerned about New York City public pensions. I guess the "Democrat" missed when the City Comptroller Said pension costs will fall after 2016. I know his ears are plugged when constituents shout "Tax the rich!"
Judy Cinnamond had a history to remember and recalled once being valued in is a story that ends with rejection. Our students, our teachers, the people who pick up our garbage, our firefighters and police officers are no longer good enough for out elected officials. Public workers seem to be running out of supporters and children are going to be the biggest losers.
NBC can stand up for those workers and point out that we are losing our good government workers. Republicans hate the workers and the Democrats, not much better. Thank you Lester Holt. Thank you John Yang. Thank you NBC Nightly News. And especially thank you Judy Cinnamond.
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