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Sad Violin Alert: Michigan Teacher Upset She Can't Age 47

Jesse80 Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 5:59 AM
I am a Texas teacher. We pay ALL of our retirement. We have no right to strike or collectively bargin. We have no tenure and have to get a new contract every two years. We are in this for the KIDS. Somehow we manage to do alright day after day. I love my job. They're going to have to carry me out of the classroom to retire.
PAULSTNK Wrote: Apr 20, 2012 10:35 AM
I am glad to see there is some districts or states with some integrity in employment. I congratulate you on the fact that you evidently went into teaching because of the children, not summers and every holiday off. Many recent teachers are blatantly vocal about this little perk. Yes, perk. Kudos!
Becca in TX Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 11:11 AM
Jesse-I'm a Texan that has lived in 18 states. Both of my grandparents retired from teaching. My sister-in-law is a teacher in a Texas public school. I love teachers. I think Texas is doing a better job than most, largely because we don't have unions, but I still put my grandson in a private school because of the problems I have with the public school. None of these problems are caused by teachers but, because of Federal Government interference in something that should be controlled locally, teachers jobs are too hard in the public schools. Discipline problems take too much teacher time and effort and in south Texas, too many kids don't speak English.
Happy Jake Wrote: Apr 19, 2012 9:33 AM
Good. It's nice to see some states actually have sensible teacher employment guidelines.

I also applaud you for loving your work. There's not enough of that among people in government service. Too many of them like the pay, the job security, and the benefits rather than the actual duties they are supposed to perform.

Union lunacy at its finest. A Michigan teacher, and member of the Michigan Education Association (the teachers' union), has gone on the record protesting an education spending reform bill that would preclude her from collecting health benefits right away when she age 47.

It's hard to decide what's more galling here: the fact that this woman believes she's entitled to retire so early -- on taxpayer funds, I might add -- or that she's protesting a bill that would require teachers to take marginal responsibility for their own retirements.

The nerve of these insensitive, education-hating politicians!