In response to:

5,200 Milwaukee Teachers Took 92,691 Days Off Last Year and Other Shocking Facts from Its Union Contract

Perapiteticus Wrote: Apr 11, 2012 9:53 AM
I teach in a non-union environment; I care about our nation's strength, which is why I am a teacher; and I am tired of blanket opinion pieces like this one that implicitly lump all teachers as n'er do wells because of fat union salaries and benefits. I have been teaching for 7 years as a second career - and I will make NEXT YEAR a whopping $31, 421.00. Olsen needs to chew on that for a while and then come back with a much needed rewrite.
Kruelhunter Wrote: Apr 11, 2012 10:41 AM
Thirty one thousand and change strikes me as fair earings for what's essentially a part time job. Let me guess, this proposed rewrite would portray you teachers as the selfless saints that you are, dedicating your lives to the education of our youth on the one hand while defending our culture from the slings and arrows of the ungrateful. Please...

everyonesfacts4u Wrote: Apr 11, 2012 10:49 AM
k22, My reply to people with that opinion is that I work harder and longer than you.
For instance, last night I corrected and read papers for an hour.
Responded to two work emails too.
Today, I woke up a little before 3:30am and then corrected papers for two hours.
I will be here for two hours after school ends and was here a half hour before.

And I read in my field every night.

I am at least doing 10 hours of work at my job a day - this includes summers where I plan and can read in my field extensively. And that is subtracting time for lunch and this TH nonsense.
Bill1895 Wrote: Apr 11, 2012 11:02 AM
Get another job if you don't like teaching.
everyonesfacts4u Wrote: Apr 11, 2012 12:07 PM
Where did you read that?
Just making stuff up are ya?
Then you have a home as an anti-teacher poster on TH.
Welcome home.
FairnessMan Wrote: Apr 11, 2012 2:53 PM
Papers, papers, papers. Prep., prep., prep. For hours and hours and hours EVERY day and half the night. Please save this BS for the soccer moms. Get a real job and really work 10 or 12 or more hours per day where successfully completing your real, difficult work determines if you will have a job by the end of the next day.
Happy Jake Wrote: Apr 11, 2012 10:06 AM
The problem isn't all teachers, it's teachers' unions. He's not talking about people like you, he's talking about the whiners and complainers who use their union power to get things like totally free healthcare, free retirement plans, et al., all the while working to protect bad teachers from being fired rather than ensuring the teachers themselves maintain some standard of quality.

If you work as a teacher in a non-union environment, where you are accountable for your conduct and you have to pay for the same benefits that therest of us do, I applaud you (seriously, no sarcasm). I only wish teachers like you were the rule, not the exception.
everyonesfacts4u Wrote: Apr 11, 2012 10:51 AM
But most teachers belong to teachers' unions.
And teachers unions seem to help education:

Union teachers are accountable with due process.
kitekrazy Wrote: Apr 11, 2012 11:49 AM
Your post is similar to "I was robbed by a black man therefor all blacks steal."

Maybe you should read some stories of where injustices to teachers were not backed by the union. Many teachers look at the union at something that collects money and nothing else and backs candidates that will stab them in the back.
FairnessMan Wrote: Apr 11, 2012 10:01 AM
Come to New Jersey poor baby. After 7 years you would be stealing $70-$80ish from the taxpayers for your part time scam job. is releasing a series of stunning reports to show taxpayers exactly how our dollars are being spent in government schools.  We repeatedly hear from the education establishment that school coffers are being raided, requiring teachers to be laid off and programs to be cut.  We hear schools are on the brink of bankruptcy and are operating on shoe-string budgets.

But local media outlets have long been derelict in telling citizens how the billions of K-12 dollars are really being spent.  How can taxpayers determine if schools actually do need more money if no...