T.O. tells Dr. Phil he squandered $80 million
Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:44 PM
Now compound this with $80,000 in student loans (I was thrown out of house by parents and got max. aid by uncle sam while in SUNY schools) and the fact that the job market is incredibly tight for certified personnel, and you must recognize that it is not easy by any stretch. I am making ends meet by working a 3rd job at a local fast food operation on Weekends and nights in order to pay off bills as the $11k a year from working in education/coaching is not sufficient. Mind you because I work in schools, I cannot collect unemployment over the summer, even as I look for work. I also am not offered any health care, nor am I guaranteed a certain amount of days of work. To boot even though I am a varsity head coach for two sports and assistant for a third, if a member of this school district wants my job for the next year, they are guaranteed it over me, regardless of my performance and the teams performance.
This is the reality. NYS is making it harder on younger teachers to make a decent living as many of the boomers had great earnings which are a great portion of what the taxpayers are paying now. At the district I work predominantly at, they gave incentives to older teachers that were making $100k while teachers with 10-15 years experience are making ~$55k and some of them are facing the axe as they are next least experienced in their positions.
NYS put a cap on how much a district can raise its taxes from year to year and then proceeded to cut funding to the districts . The fact of the matter is that our education system is being starved and facing the burden of many unfunded govt mandates that lead to a reduction in the quality of the kids learning experiences.
The only thing I will be in agreement with is that the Buffalo teachers should not have breast implants, and unnecessary cosmetic surgery covered in their benefits.
Gordio, I hope you really re-evaluate your statements as you really have no idea what the hell is going on in education and your simplistic views are very dangerous, especially since you live in a district that is desperate for state aid. If you want LHS to have less resources, their teachers buying supplies for their kids, higher class sizes, higher suspension rates, and less extra-curriculars, then you should keep complaining about your taxes rising up, instead of complaining about the state and feds siphoning away money from education. Furthermore, way to demonize me for making $11 grand last year. Thanks
Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:48 PM
Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:57 PM
Actually, my master's thesis is on tracking WRT Japan, Germany, and the US. In Japan, the students take a high stakes exam in 9th grade that decides their final 3 years of "high school" education. It is rigid, but not quite before high school in our eyes. Germany actually tracks kids going into 4th grade but has some mobility in their system. The US varies depending on state and locality.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:10 PM
I empathize with people paying 11k in property taxes, I really do. Ask yourself, why are your property taxes more than double mine? I'm in suburban Philly, not exactly the 3rd world and not exactly a spendthrift area for education. What else are you paying for with your 11k? PA has a really bad public pension system too. It also has labor union issues, bloated government (the largest legislature in the country), incredibly fractured local government with a million little municipalities, an aging and shrinking population, declining industrial base and corporate flight.
I looked it up - Grand Island School District (where I used to be from) spends about $13k/pupil annually. The District I live in now in PA spends $12.5k/pupil annually. I looked up a house with a similar assessed value to mine. The annual property taxes are 10.5k. My property taxes were almost exactly 5k. Blaming spending on education for that difference is clearly fruitless. Where else are your dollars going? Schools and teachers are the easy targets because you have direct control of them. Demand the rest of WNY government to slim down. PA isn't exactly svelte with government, imagine how truly bloated WNY must be to require that tax load.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:09 AM
Everybody made good points. I had one issue with what bkinpete said when he said "they get to watch kids that are parented by people like Gordio." My guess is this poster is not a parent. Because if he knew how tough & how much time people put in as being parents & how much parents love their kids & would do anything for them he would never say something like that to a person he really does not even know. Bkinpete you ought to be ashamed of yourself.