A few questions for you AzMan:It's assholes like this that keep education in this country in the toilet. Apparently NY has other, more important things to do like regulate the size of soda cups than to monitor the DOE.
BUT PLEASE...do not lump all teachers in with asswipes like this guy.
MOST teachers across the country are treated like shit...whether they are in a union or not. They are underpaid for the job they do (which most of the time includes parenting shit that should be done at home) and they are given next to no resources with which to do it.
I'll use myself as an example. I am a middle school teacher in AZ (ranked 49th in education BTW). I'm in my 4th year of teaching. I have been rated a "highly effective" teacher for 3 straight years (the highest ranking possible)...yet there is ZERO chance of me getting a raise. My district has been on a pay freeze for 7 years...and will be for the foreseeable future. That means I am being paid as a 1st year teacher...and will continue to be paid as a 1st year teacher for at least the next few years. There is no overtime, there are no bonuses etc. I am REQUIRED to not only have a college degree, but to continue my education to keep my certification...yet when the idea of a raise for teachers is brought up at district meetings...the higher ups literally laugh.
Then you get to the lack of resources. Not only do I have 35+ students in EVERY SINGLE CLASS...I have to provide a lot of materials out of my own pocket. I have 1 set of textbooks...the rest is on me to provide. I teach Social Studies (American History)....I asked for the school to purchase me a wall map for 279$ and they told me I would have to pay for it myself.
I coached football the last 3 years (no longer). We had 65+ kids on the team (7th and 8th graders) so we had 4 coaches. We got a stipend of 800 bucks BEFORE taxes for the entire season. We went undefeated 2 years in a row and won back to back league championships...then what happened the next year? Our district told us that they would only pay for 1 coach....so we would have to take the 800 bucks BEFORE taxes and split it between the four of us....or quit....the choice was ours. Keep in mind...we were putting in at LEAST 150 hours+ to coach those kids and run the program. They told us we would get 200 bucks before taxes.....so needless to say my school no longer has a football program.
I guess my point is this....You only EVER hear stories about teachers in states like NY and CA that abuse the system and seem to be making all this money....so people pile right on and bash teachers as some sort of mooching, money grubbers that don't work hard. The reality of the situation is that the LARGE MAJORITY of teachers across the country work extremely hard, doing a job that most people COULD NOT/WOULD NOT do (find me people that will go to college for 4 years, get out and get locked into a 30k a year salary with no chance for advancement AND be willing to take on 120+ students per day). Most teachers put in WAY more than a standard 40 hour work week, with no option for overtime or anything like that. Most teachers are severely underpaid for what they do. Teachers make THE LEAST amount of money in the entire system of education...even though they do BY FAR the most work. You will have a teacher who works with hundreds of students per day...actually TEACHING them things....and that teacher makes 1/4 of what the district PR person makes....or 1/3 of what the district benefits coordinator makes....or 1/10th what the superintendent makes....and none of those people ever see a child in their entire day.
Anyway, you can tell I'm passionate about this topic. It kills me to hear people pile on to teachers and further this idea that they are leeches. If someone brings up the idea of cutting cops, or firefighters....they are demonized because those people are "heroes". You bring up the idea of cutting teachers and people can't champion that idea fast enough. Teachers serve a VITALLY important role for the future of our country. We should be doing everything we can as a nation to keep great teachers, weed out and get rid of bad teachers, and incentivizing the profession so that the best and brightest people actually WANT to become teachers and dedicate their professional lives to helping kids. Then and only then will our education system "work".
How hard is for a lousy teacher in your district to get fired? How often does it happen?
What percentage of school funding in your district goes to teacher pay and classroom equipment vs. what percentage goes to administrative overhead?
Among your peers in/around your year group, what percentage receive "highly effective" ratings?
How involved is the average parent in their children's education (subjective, I know)?