Posted by: Frank | 03/05/2011

Teachers – Last in Best Out?

First MY disclaimer – I believe that MOST teachers are good people, they chose their profession out of a genuine desire to teach, share their knowledge and to help young people become productive members of society. That said……

Published in WHT and Editorial from Washington Post:

We all know that the cities and States all around the US are having major $$ problems. Many of them are looking to cut their budgets and sadly Teachers are being looked at. I say sadly because of the cities had the ability to FIRE non-productive, incompetent or teachers that just shouldn’t be there, the problem might not be quite so bad.

Many schools (states) have a policy where if layoffs do occur, the last person(s) hired are the first to be released. The fact that the schools are inundated with teachers that are incompetent, some even criminals, does not play a part. Job performance means nothing.

In NYC that have teachers that have forged doctor’s excuses to explain excessive absences, committed corporal punishment against students or engaged in other misconduct yet they will likely keep their jobs when the firing starts. The school board in Providence, Rhode Island voted to send out termination letters to all 1,926 of its city’s public school teachers, because of their $40 million budget deficit.

Would you belive the employees and executives of the United Federation of Teachers union who represents those teachers in NY have been quietly making bank despite the stormy weather—the amount of workers the employees and executives of the United Federation of Teachers union who represents those teachers have been quietly making bank despite the stormy weather—the amount of workers who make more than $100,000 in annual salary increased 38 percent over the past six years.

Would you like to guess WHO for the most part favors the current policy of “last in, last out”? Although in some states they are finally standing up and taking notice, in most cases it is the Democrats – you bettcha, your buddies that tell you they care about you, your children, your well being, your are making layoff decisions.

Only four places, Washington DC, Arizona, Colorado and Oklahoma REQUIRE schools to consider job performance in making teacher layoff decisions.  That is why we’ve been hearing some Mayor’s talking about firing ALL teachers then hiring back the good ones. What a sad state of affairs we’ve put ourselves in.

Just for general information, The salary survey at TeacherPortal.com shows that average salary for teachers at all levels in Hawaii is $49,292 which is slightly above the average in the country. However, the state ranks dead last in the “salary comfort index,” probably due to Hawaii’s high cost of living.

As school districts across the country grapple with massive budget cuts, thousands of great teachers could lose their jobs despite a track record of success in the classroom. 

Fully 40 percent of the nation’s teachers (1.25 million) work in one of 14 states—Alaska, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wisconsin—where it’s currently illegal for schools to consider job performance in making layoff decisions.

And we wonder…………………………….

Aloha


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