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10 Ways Nationwide Teacher Cuts Affect You

Society & Culture  (tags: eacher, Students, Education, Child in Grades, Educational Funding )

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Every time a teacher is laid off, a valuable educator is lost and students suffer. Whether or not you have a child in grades K-12, teacher cuts affect everyone in one way or another. Here are 10 ways nationwide teacher cuts affect you:

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Glenda J (158)
Monday February 21, 2011, 11:29 am
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Marian D (57)
Monday February 21, 2011, 11:52 am
It sure is funny how years ago the teachers made a lot less money for a lot more work. Most of the taxes in my county go towards education and the kids aren't getting any smarter. Is it possible that parents spent more time educating their children? Oh, and let us not forget disciplining them!

Tammy f (118)
Monday February 21, 2011, 4:33 pm
The teachers are not allowed to do their job! I hate No Child Left Behind! Government is Ruining our School System instead of making it Better!

Pat B (356)
Monday February 21, 2011, 6:55 pm in Texas, Austin and the surrounding areas, most of the districts are facing a RIF--'Reduction in Force'. My principal (at the staff meetings) has said that ALL jobs are on the table...and that we'll know if we will have a job latest by June. Sad to say, even if we/or some, get put out the door, we can't drive anywhere to apply for a job at a different campus, as most districts are doing the same thing!!! We don't get to sleep well at night, knowing this affects all of us. TY, Nancy for this. It was spot-on.

Marti Williams (170)
Monday February 21, 2011, 7:27 pm

Robert O (12)
Monday February 21, 2011, 10:50 pm
Very worrisome.

Dan Pollard (0)
Monday February 21, 2011, 10:51 pm

H Nick H (1826)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 1:53 am
IN Florida, our republican Gov Scott is trying to kill of teachers union and teachers. He is cutting their pay (and those of all civil workers, who have not had a pay raise in years), just so he can give big tax benifits to rich corportions. Meanwhile, our state is in serious debt. Our gov also was indited for stealing millions from medicare when he ran a health care co. Nice reward for being a theif.

Our state was rate 47th in pay for teachers, it's going to the bottom now. And guess what happens to good teachers with masters degrees and such, they leave to earn more money and less problems.

Makes me sick. Republicans and the right wing are attacking the average citizen on many fronts, trying to turn our country into a dictatorship under their control.

If this is what you want, then do nothing, cause unless YOU STAND UP AND DO SOMETHING, then it will happen.

Renee A (4)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 4:04 am

Morris G. (18)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 5:14 am
"Every time a teacher is laid off, a valuable educator is lost and students suffer."
That is only true if every teacher is competent and motivated. Unfortunately because of the teacher's union we have to put up with lifelong employment of lazy incompetent teachers who cannot be fired even though they are not educating our kids. Certainly there are very good teachers who work extra hours for little pay and truly care about the children and what they are learning. I have several in my family who I put in this category. But they will tell you many of their peers just show up so they can get their paycheck. A paycheck that could be going to a good teacher except we cannot hire any because we can't fire the bums.
We have poured tons of money into public education yet we continue to get poor overall results. Why? Because there is no real accountability at the teacher level as their jobs are protected. Or they were. Finally we are starting to wakeup to this sham.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 5:21 am

That statement means you ASSUME to know a good teacher from a poor one. I doubt you have that qualification. Why are so afraid of people being treated fairly in the work place?

Teachers have more accountability then most professions, and our jobs are only protected from undue harassment.

Yakkity, yak Morris - more and more of your Yakkity, yak - all talk no substance your opinions of yet another professions are of course - wrong.

Shelly V. (0)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 8:09 am

Ian Donelson (149)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 9:16 am
Organize your work schedules. With nights, weekends, the possibility of arrangements to free up time for one or the other parent to be around to do what we should be doing anyway. Teach yourself, teach your children.

Carole L (0)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 10:04 am
Education needs to become a priority in this country.

Carole K (195)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 10:09 am
Several years ago when I retired after some 30+yrs. in the teaching profession, a state dept. of education employee called me to do an approx. 45 min. exit interview by telephone. After questions regarding my experiences & impressions regarding the field of education, the last question of the interview was: If you had it to do over again, would you become a teacher; and would you recommend it as a profession to others? This question was painfully difficult for me to answer;but my undying love for children had me give my final answer of "yes". Yes, it was the right decision for me almost 40 yrs ago now; but I'm not sure that I would recommend it to others today. Good teachers are a special blend of very hard work, professional skills, and a huge dose of self-sacrifice. You have to believe that a child's TY, hug or "Ah-Ha!" moment is worth the all the dedication you bring to the classroom every minute of every school day. You have to be satisfied with a salary scale that is about half of what peers in other fields make from the same investment in education & training. Most, even very qualified, teacher applicants can't cut it. Turn-over rate in elementary education is one in five; most teachers leave the teaching profession in five years or less! The future of the teaching profession looks particularly bleak right now as teaching as a career choice offers very little monetary reward & a lot of upheaval in political nature. Our President in his last State of the Union address called for more young people to enter the teaching profession; bc teachers are needed very badly. I wish the President and all the new teachers of the future all the good fortune there is to muster. Our children of the future deserve nothing less than the dedication put forth by public educators of the past who's collective labor of love has helped to make our standard of living enviable to most of the rest of the entire world. Where others decry the weakness of the public education system (there are some, I would admit), I would point to the advantageous strength there is in having a high percentage of the general populace being literate & having basic education. Free appropriate public education (FAPE) accomplishes this mission in spite of all it's failing.

Jean Hayes (0)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 10:58 am
Teachers have not received respect or adequate compensation for many years. Most just go on and make the best of things. We desire quality teachers and want to pay dime store prices. We are too politically correct to address the apathy of parents who don't have time to get involved. No responsibility. And discipline? Heaven forbid we offend the offender. Not exactly the asian model gov't aspires to. There's a reason they perform better than american students. discipline may have something to do with that. So, what is going to happen if teachers keep getting pushed to the bottom of the heap but expected to bring forth polished damonds? Keeping our heads in the sand is only going to make things worse. I will admit that I am a teacher advocate. Happy teachers make competent teachers;unhappy ones as well. Parents should all be truly held accountable for their end. Students as well. But.... it's easier to kick and abase teachers. They need to feed their families and after so many years, it'w not worth leaving for most, though the brave ones do. bravo to them! I can only forsee time when the salary of teachers almost reaches that of unskilled labor. Good luck with being the most technicalogically advanced and pushing more kids into AP courses. Teachers have had enough. Walking out for a month or two would really show how caring parents are in terms of their kids. I come from a lower wealth area and they send them to school even when they are sick. It's really sad. We are not putting our money where our mouths are, and we are too busy being politically correct and trying to look good on terms of numbers that not only are teachers losing, but students as well.

Marian D (57)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 11:49 am
Loved your answer, Ian.

Roger G (154)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 1:17 pm
thanks !

Marilyn K (50)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 1:43 pm
This is why Collective Bargaining is so important. The Unions have to combine their districts where the money goes to the Administrators where one Administrator can easily do two districts and the teachers can remain in the class rooms.

Karen E. (0)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 2:01 pm
Ian - good sentiment, however that limits the exposure to new ideas and differing points of view that make an individual a well rounded, and thoughtful person. Teaching is not easy, especially your own child. I can't say that parents trying to teach their children would necessarily be a good thing. Becoming more involved in their academic achievement, YES, but actually teacing them, not so much.

Tracy G (3)
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 3:19 pm
Good information. More segregation between wealthy and mid to lower income citizens, I think... meaning private schools have more funding and better teachers. Scary how easy killing off the rights of the average citizen can be.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Thursday February 24, 2011, 5:01 am
Truly sad. All children need a good education so that they can have good opportunities later in life. Everyone benefits.

April Thompson (2)
Tuesday March 1, 2011, 1:03 pm
Amen, Ian! It all starts from childcare and into public school! Everyone wants great quality teachers, but does not want to truly pay for them! Unfortunately, teachers are still seen by so many as glorified babysitters! So sad!
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