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When Teachers Act Like Thugs ‘for the Children!’

What would you do if your child's teacher behaved like these bullies?

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Paula Bolyard

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March 11, 2013 - 8:20 am
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When the substitute teachers arrived at the Strongsville police station for background checks, striking teachers greeted the “SCABS” with aggressive screaming and taunting. The applicants had to be escorted into the building by police officers.

“Go home, SCAB!”
“Have some integrity!”
“Get an honest job!”

One union member said, “We’re trying to scare them off in hopes that something positive can come out of this.”

Something positive “for the children,” no doubt.

Several white men screamed at a black woman, with one shouting:“Don’t do it, honey; it’s not all about you,” and “Rosa Parks would be ashamed.”

No doubt there is an important history lesson “for the children” in this mob scene.

Strongsville, Ohio, a normally quiet suburb just south of Cleveland, recently became Ground Zero in the public-sector union war. Earlier this month, after months of failed negotiations, teachers voted to strike when the school board submitted their “last best offer” to the Strongsville Education Association (SEA). With the high-stakes Ohio Graduation Test looming the week of March 11th, the 6000-student district hired substitute teachers to fill in during the strike. Not surprisingly, this didn’t go over well with the union teachers, who decided to intimidate and harass anyone who crossed the picket line — “for the children.”

Laura Rowley, a parent with students in the district, described her experience registering to be a substitute teacher:

I can’t put into words how these EDUCATORS behaved in front of the police station. Blocking the entrance, screaming in my face, calling me a b**tch, pounding on the doors of the building, going on and on…every other word was mother f*cker, dumb piece of s**t—I swear I was walking thru [sic] death row. Really it made me sob—I’m embarrassed that these are the people that are teaching my children. We had to have police escorts to leave the building, is this [sic] beyond crazy. Honestly, I am afraid to send my kids to school tomorrow.

She added, “There were subs crying and hyperventilating, thought they were going to call an ambulance.”

One parent who drove by the scene that day told Bob Frantz on WTAM radio, “I heard the most foul language and I thought my car was going to be mobbed.”

Was that really “for the children”?

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I wouldn't be surprised if they imported them from Madison. Those WEA thugs have lots of experience.
1 year ago
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First, they all use "Rules" tactics though usually they didn't learn them from "Rules" or even know of Alinsky or "Rules." They go, usually on paid time, to their union stewards training or if they're union paid staff they go to the AFL-CIO's Meany School or whatever training the National Extortion Association provides, but it is all the same. Since the late '80s you've had to know far more about communist political tactics than about collective bargaining to deal with public employee unions.

This union is being frantic because they must not own this school board as is the case with most school boards. The dirty little secret of teacher strikes is that if the teachers can either force an unwilling board or connive with a union owned board to shut down the schools, the teachers can strike until the public give in so they can get their babysitters back and the teachers won't lose a dime in pay for the strike. Since most states guarantee that Johnny will get his 180 days of school, the strike days are like snow days and they just get made up and the teachers aren't out a dime for all the trouble they caused the public. A school district management first should never let school start if they are at or near impasse with a teacher union. That way the citizens won't give up their summer daycare and other arrangements. Second, if the teachers strike at the beginning of the year and the school district can' or won't hire replacements, the strike has to be long enough that teachers start missing payments. Teachers, like almost all other public employees, rarely have any savings and even though most make good money, they're usually broke by payday. You need to be willing to have at least a six week strike. If you can hire replacements, then you need to by hook or crook keep the school open so that the days count towards Johnny's 180 and the teachers aren't essentially striking while on paid leave. You have to make it hurt them and they aren't used to getting hurt and will fold quickly once they feel some pain. Unions count on public management being unwilling to inflict any pain on the union.
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They should have been fired by now.
1 year ago
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I know exactly how to handle this. [http://1389blog.com/2012/12/18/only-one-way-to-eliminate-public-school-violence/] No violence whatsoever.
1 year ago
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The biggest obstacles to good education remain the NEA and AFT. Even FDR recognized that public employee unions are like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse.

The irony is that if Ohio were to become a right to work state, I'd wager a month's pay that 80% or 90% of the teachers would quit the bloodsucking unions.
1 year ago
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While 'most' of the nations teachers, are members of their states professional association automatically being enrolled in the NEA for matters of insurance and legal representation -- they are NOT unionists! Most across the country, couldn't even tell if they have a district or school representative and if they do, couldn't tell you who.

Painting all teachers as evil americans is exceedingly dishonest!

Just today at one of our elemementry schools twoa first graders were expelled for telling his teacher to "F off and kicked her repeatedly, injuring her as she attempted to restain and defend herself. He told the asst principle to suck his "D" and began to kick and slug her until other administrators come to her aid. The second was a girl who brought a list of her enemies to school and sent each of them a note telling them she was going to kill them and precisely in 1st grader language how she was going to do and it was gruesome! In the local district this makes 107 such cases in grades K-3, of violent behaviors against teachers and students and or bringing knives and other dangerous weapons (including 9 guns) into the schools. this year.

If parents spent more time dealing with their own failings as parents and less time misprepesenting classroom educators we might be heading in a more positive direction as a country.

Theres ONLY two causes for the educational and social failing of the kids in school today! 1) An irrrepsonsible family enviornment and 2) the lack of a responsible family enviornment.

Other than farmers, ranchers and doctors, classroom teachers are Americas greatest commodity!
1 year ago
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Actually, my wife is a teacher and she would tell you that a large sum of her past co-workers would fit the bill as the "evil american" unionist. Also, it's according to area. Some areas allow more teachers' union influence in their school systems than others. Urban areas are more unionized, while rural ones are much less so. I agree with your assessment that bad family environments lead to failed education, but not most of it. The LIONS SHARE of flawed educational environments come from flawed curriculum from the board themselves, due, for the most part, to political correctness. However, the teachers get some of the blame for this, as well, because much of the political correctness comes because the teachers nag about their students' behavior. In some cases, it's because the student is disruptive. In MOST cases, it's because the student doesn't treat the teacher like that teacher treated his/her college professors, i.e. like God. My wife will be the first to tell you that many of the "bad" students are simply students that this or that teacher personally dislikes and, thus, begins to treat unfairly. My wife has had to engage some of these students and actually succeeded in getting them to improve their grades, simply because she showed that she actually cared about them and not, unlike most of the other teachers, treat the students like they were a waste of her time. Granted, she has since moved out of that urban school and into a more rural one and has had much less problem with the other teaches. But the school she worked at before was full of self-absorbed, cynical, and thoughtless teachers and students that usually made Fs in the other classes made Cs and Bs in hers. By the way, my wife actually grades HARDER than the other teachers (she grades at home, I give input, and I don't believe in hand-holding).

In other words, you're putting teachers up on a pedestal they don't deserve and have far from earned. They're just workers, like anyone else. They aren't soldiers or firefighters, putting their lives on the line. No, in reality, they are barely putting up with kids they don't really like, while occasionally doing paperwork. Is it more paperwork than an office job? No. And you know the reason they keep doing it? Hint: It's not for the kids. No, it's to have a salary job with a GREAT retirement and medical plan, while still having a vacation for the ENTIRE SUMMER.
1 year ago
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Judge teachers based upon factual knowledge of accomplishments whether inner city, urban or rurla! Having had educators in our family from Indian schools in state territories to the present, we have a rather good point of reference from which to evaluate from. My wife and educator for 40 years, one of my daughter and one of my grandaughters.

You should well know by now, with your wife a classroom educator, that teachers are at the bottom of the educational hierarchy. They follow curriculum policies. They follow currriculum flow (time spent on each section) policies. They follow a boatload of other designated federal, state and local bureacratic and administrative polices. Teachers experience YTY experimental teaching modalities and oftren times mid year changes. Since 'inclusion' became law education has experienced a multide of new problems for the traditional classrom. Since NCLB and RtT, curriculum actually taught is to the states particular approved test, Teaching for subject content mastery is no longer the bureacrats objective -- only 'memory' long enough to hopefully pass 'the' test. Today, teachers have less time in the classrom due to excessive administrative responsiblities dealing with learning disabilities, social and behavior development, family problems, abuse indications,, etc all require work hours for report and evaluating wrting, administrative conferences, district conferences and court hearing, etc.

Children especially, in and around major military installations are excessively transitory with children coming and going right up through the last formal day of the school year and have to meet state test requirements which reflect on the teacher assigned as does the pyschologically disabled. They also present excessive levels of behavioral problem, family problems, custodial problems, attendance problems, emotional problems and right on down the list.

I don't know and don't care where your wife has or is teaching but, from you critique it does NOT rrepresent the majority of the nations schools and teachers. The hint comes from your charge of high incomes and some super excessive retirement benefits. May I suggest you check out the pay schedules of all the states and report back how many have big salaries and great retirement benefits. While you're at it, maybe take a look at the statistcal data and reprot back on why such a large percentage of teachers leave the professional within their first seven years of teaching.

You don't sound as if you and your wife have much experiences outside your own yard for which to make 'any' judgrements across the board on education. I'm betting you don't even know or follow the educational legislative bills in sub-committee, committee or on the floor of your states legislature. It would be far better if you were actually involved in the educational systems bureaucracy, representing solutions rather than ignorantly attacking it.
1 year ago
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Zeke said, "hey follow curriculum policies. They follow currriculum flow (time spent on each section) policies. They follow a boatload of other designated federal, state and local bureacratic and administrative polices. Teachers experience YTY experimental teaching modalities and oftren times mid year changes. Since 'inclusion' became law education has experienced a multide of new problems for the traditional classrom..."

Sounds like a lot of what my husband has to deal with as a senior computer programmer. Often management asks for things that don't take into account the logistical gymnastics involved in implementing their new and improved ideas. And sometimes his year-end evaluation can be at the mercy of a low-level coder who screwed something up and put an entire project behind schedule, causing my husband to miss a deadline. That's the way the real world rolls. "Not fair" doesn't cut it in that world--it's sink or swim, which is why we have such excellence and innovation in the tech world.

Sure, teaching can be difficult. But so are a lot of professions that pay a lot less (soldiers and social workers, for example). They know the deal when they sign up.

Here's the thing: It's the year 2013 and teacher salaries and benefits are public records. In Strongsville, for example, the president of the teacher's union makes $80K/ year...a little over the district average, for 184 days of work (that would be $124K if pro-rated over a year). Her pension, which is 100% funded by the taxpayers, is currently worth $1.2 million--that's if she only lives for 18 years after retirement (she can retires after 30 years, so that amount can be significantly higher). That doesn't include her lifetime healthcare benefits.

It's a pretty good deal and I I don't begrudge anyone for wanting to get the best deal they can from their employers. But in this case, the employers are the taxpayer and the members of the school board are the duly elected representatives of the taxpayers.

If she's a fabulous teacher, perhaps she deserves that salary--maybe more. But it's certainly not right that every teacher with the same education and same number of years of seniority makes the exact same salary.

In the end, the residents of Strongsville will have to weigh all of these things and decide whether their representatives have served them well.

1 year ago
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Comparing a government bureaucratic job of teaching students in a classroom is certainly not comparable to adult employment environments or a computer programming job in any stretch of immagination! In the adult employment sector, employers can simply try retraining or ultimately firing an employee who doesn't not meet standards -- a classroom teacher has NO such luxury!

Since inclusion became the law and using elementary schools as an example, a typical non Title I school can have as much as one quarter plus, of a 20-30 student classroom with IEP students. In most Title I schools there are separate IEP classes for each grade level of elementary school with a max number of students being set by most states right now at 18-21.

Now, you're the teacher in either one of these situations. First, the non title I schools. You have a class of 24 students of which six students have a mandated IEP. On average you have 50 minutes per subject class. Now, how does the majority class get quality instruction when you have to address individualized attention according to each of the six IEP students mandated requirements in the class? You are responsible for all the students achieving the required curriculum with passing grades each reporting period. You're performance and job is likewise on the line for doing so. Remember that theres NO do-over's -- you can't do tomorow what didn't get accomplished by the theacher or students today! Remember you also have to have mandated conferences for each of the IEP students with administrators and parents which take the teacher away from the classroom and left in the hands of a para-pro if available. Remember also, that you always have a percentage of students who flat refuse to do the work assigned and required even if capable.

Tell me how you would manage this situation and deliver according to law and policy mandates.

Of course this only represents ONE very small challenge of the endless challenges a classroom teacher is responsible for.

This simply is not a forum for which all the variable differences between education and adult employment environment can be appropriately discussed.
1 year ago
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Ahem. Mr. President. When will you be calling a beer summit to deplore the intimidation tactics of these privileged government bureaucrats? By your silence you are condoning oppression and violence.
1 year ago
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Death throes of a corrupt and bloated institution. Wonder how many of the students, when they grow up, will be willing to eat baloney while voting filet mignon wages and benefits for the next set of teachers.
1 year ago
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First, they all use "Rules" tactics though usually they didn't learn them from "Rules" or even know of Alinsky or "Rules." They go, usually on paid time, to their union stewards training or if they're union paid staff they go to the AFL-CIO's Meany School or whatever training the National Extortion Association provides, but it is all the same. Since the late '80s you've had to know far more about communist political tactics than about collective bargaining to deal with public employee unions.

This union is being frantic because they must not own this school board as is the case with most school boards. The dirty little secret of teacher strikes is that if the teachers can either force an unwilling board or connive with a union owned board to shut down the schools, the teachers can strike until the public give in so they can get their babysitters back and the teachers won't lose a dime in pay for the strike. Since most states guarantee that Johnny will get his 180 days of school, the strike days are like snow days and they just get made up and the teachers aren't out a dime for all the trouble they caused the public. A school district management first should never let school start if they are at or near impasse with a teacher union. That way the citizens won't give up their summer daycare and other arrangements. Second, if the teachers strike at the beginning of the year and the school district can' or won't hire replacements, the strike has to be long enough that teachers start missing payments. Teachers, like almost all other public employees, rarely have any savings and even though most make good money, they're usually broke by payday. You need to be willing to have at least a six week strike. If you can hire replacements, then you need to by hook or crook keep the school open so that the days count towards Johnny's 180 and the teachers aren't essentially striking while on paid leave. You have to make it hurt them and they aren't used to getting hurt and will fold quickly once they feel some pain. Unions count on public management being unwilling to inflict any pain on the union.
1 year ago
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It's been reported that a merry band of Alisnkyi agitators has been brought in from the Ohio Education Association to hold teach-ins [my word].
1 year ago
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Did you attempt to 'validate' that information before throwing it out to the public?
1 year ago
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She applied the same standards of rigorous fact-checking that NBC does.
1 year ago
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I wouldn't be surprised if they imported them from Madison. Those WEA thugs have lots of experience.
1 year ago
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Paula, do you know if any of these teachers can be fired based on their conduct?
1 year ago
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That's an interesting question. Article I of the SEA's offer includes a "no reprisal" clause that exempts "any and all actions and events" before, during and after the strike from disciplinary actions. However, the current contract in place does not include that section and the school boards "last best" offer makes no mention of it. http://bit.ly/XYYBWY

However, as one substitute teacher mentioned, the State Board of Education may have something to say about this, especially the two teachers who have been arrested:

(B) For any of the following reasons, the state board of education, in accordance with Chapter 119. and section 3319.311 of the Revised Code, may refuse to issue a license to an applicant; may limit a license it issues to an applicant; may suspend, revoke, or limit a license that has been issued to any person; or may revoke a license that has been issued to any person and has expired:
(1) Engaging in an immoral act, incompetence, negligence, or conduct that is unbecoming to the applicant’s or person’s position;




1 year ago
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They can't be fired for participating in the strike. To some degree the speech, even offensive speech, is also a protected activity; where the line between protected and prohibited is depends on where an arbitrator, labor board, or the courts say it is. Picket line violence MAY get you fired but most tribunals would look at it the way they'd look at any workplace misconduct and it would depend on how egregious the misconduct was and the employee's tenure and record. Under the federal labor law, a picket line in front of the Police Station would be illegal because it isn't a workplace that employs teachers and the teachers aren't striking against the police department. I don't know Ohio law but few public sector laws have any of the provisions of the Taft-Hartley and Landrum-Griffin amendments to the National Labor Relations Act which regulate secondary boycots or other actions against non-struck employers. It might also turn on how integrated the SD and the city government are and if they're sufficiently integrated they might be considered all one employer.

State Board action would depend on who owns the State Board, and my money would be on the NEA.
1 year ago
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Two teachers have already been arrested for unlawful actions. One was arrested for repeatedly (and unlawfully) blocking the driveway to the school, despite police orders to cease and desist.

A second teacher was arrested for reckless op. He drove his vehicle toward a van load of students to block them from entering the school parking lot.

The State Board has a conservative majority, including the president (though the liberals recently tried to oust her for posting a picture of Obama with a Hitler reference on her personal GB page).
1 year ago
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Doubt either of those would get you fired and police cause all sorts of troubles because they usually don't know labor law and are all the time ordering pickets to do or not do stuff that falls into protected activities. Employers often have to fight off unfair labor practices over stuff the police did without the employer having done more than call the police to protect their property.

I'd be comfortable suspending a tenured, union teacher for either, as in suspension without pay of benefits for anywhere from ten to thirty days over either one. Generally, with unionized employees thirty days without pay means look at us sideways again and you're fired. I never had any trouble with firing a unionized public employee who had a thirty day suspension on their record and making it stick through arbitration and even court. In the unlikely event that either has to do time, the right move is to refuse to give them leave to go to jail and then fire them for not showing up at work. I've done quite a few jailhouse due process interviews that ended with the jailed employee being ordered to report to work for his next shift or be fired. 'Course, he was gonna be stayin' to the jail during his next shift so we'd fire him for insubordination. It's a dirty business.

The State Board could probably make a license suspension stick, but it depends on the Board and the courts. NEA doesn't lack for money or lawyers but they're not tough and they're not very skillful.
1 year ago
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For what it's worth (and I think it's worth something significant), Strongsville has a strong and active Republican party and a strong Tea Party presence. The superintendent's familiarity with Saul Alinsky is telling. The last two levies failed, so he knew he probably had some political capital.

I've read in some comments that property values have dropped, despite the district's "Excellent with Distinction" rating (a scam that merely means very minimum standards have been met). People are waking up to the fact that teachers with million dollar pensions do unilaterally hold property values in their hands.
1 year ago
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That should have read "do not" hold property values in their hands! :)

Also, I shoud add that very often, Republicans are not much better than the Dems in dealing with the "For the Children" propaganda. I was at a local GOP meeting a few years ago where a vote was taken to give a "vote of confidence" to support a school levy. Nearly every hand in the room went up with member after member rising to speak on behalf of the teachers. Not a single person defended the taxpayers. Because it's "For the Children," more money is always better, right? And as you said, Art, school boards are often dominated by union operatives.
1 year ago
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" And as you said, Art, school boards are often dominated by union operatives."
I think that's part of it but some parents are afraid of angering the teachers who teach their kids and others are afraid of angering neighbors who worry about property values. Other parents are just guilty of the 'throw money at it' solution to all of life's problems.
1 year ago
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It strikes me that too many activist complainers of education are void of any experiences but in their own yards and that is more often than not tainted with populist partisan ideology arguement of the moment.

Travel to Wooward (OK) Pratt (KS), Gonzales (LA), Fairhope (AL), Jesup (GA), Ogallala (NE), Grants (NM, and a thousand points inbetween to see what represents the nations education system.

Shouldn't we declare now is the time to 'quit' painting the nations teachers and education with a single brush and a single swipe?
1 year ago
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@Zeke,

What I don't think you understand is that this is an affluent suburban district with the highest academic rating in the state and some of the best compensated teachers.

While teacher compensation has risen 39% in the last decade in Strongsville, the average income of the rest of the residents has only risen 10%, shifting a huge burden to the taxpayers. At the same time, their home values have declined.

Before this strike the teachers and the school district enjoyed enormous community support. Seeing this behavior from their beloved teachers has been heartbreaking for parents and students alike.

Little kids arrive at school with their teachers screaming at their cars and trying to block the driveway. During school they hear the constant sound of the teachers' whistles in front of the school. Teachers are picketing not only the Board members' residences, but also their places of business.

Residents of this tight-knit community were totally blindsided by this, but all of these tactics are common strike strategies. It's my guess that a lot of decent, caring teachers have been dragged into something they probably didn't fully understand or expect the day they voted to strike. See my piece about the history of these tactics in the Lifestyle section here:

http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/03/18/a-parents-guide-to-teachers-unions/

1 year ago
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Also, I re read your article and failed to find what the teachers grievances are. Maybe if you feel up to it, just a short recap of what they are, might be helpful. Thanks!
1 year ago
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Consider reading beyond the first page. You'll find the information you're looking for.

Also if you find an example of "Painting all teachers as evil americans [sic]" as you've accused, let me know.
1 year ago
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Sorry, but I don't read beyond the first page of anybodys articles and try to contain my coments to something from the first page. When PJM gets up to speed with a 21st century site design then I'll gladly read all the content -- this certainly not your problem or reesponsiblity.

Maybe a word limt in the interim like most major oped requirements would suffice.
1 year ago
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I understand your frustrations over your 'local' situation. My point remains, that your local circumstances and frustrations should not be used to broadly and indiscriminately paint all LBE's and classroom educators across the nation.

When speaking to salaries and benefits please don't assume that the rest of the states and districts enjoy the same -- the overwhelming majority don't quite rise up to all the populist talking point against teachers. The states in which members of my family and relatives treach haven't seen a pay raise in four years and have seen YTY 10% increases in their cost share for healthcare insurance coverage and likewise for their retirement contribution share. For what will be the fifth year this next coming year, they have been furloughed to the mimimum legislated days for kids to be in school -- 190 days down to 180 days. Thats a salary and retirement benefit decrease! In some states advanced degree are no longer compensated for and in other states you have to be working in a specific are that coincides with the title of your degree which makes most advanced degrees ($12K to 40K investment) worthless in terms of advancing the salary scale.

Like I stsated somewhere to another person, there sound reason why such a high percentage of teachers leave the profession within their first seven years of teaching and to throw stones at teachers indiscriminatley without having ever taught in a classroom, especially elementary today, they problably should keep their stone throwing within their own backyards.

Now on a more positive note! It sounds, based soley upon your short description, your particular school or LBE, might be a prime candidate for switching to pure independent school or district. There are variations for which should be explored should you get any interest in such a move effort. There are also plenty of independents and organizations around the country to assist in such an endeavor.


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No, useful idiot, it isn't time to quit. The vast majority of teachers are mind-numbed robots totally indoctrinated by the Ed Schools and the National Extortion Association. I've experienced working around teachers when I was a maintenance foreman for a SD many, many years ago, I've dealt with teachers as a parent from the '70s to the '00s - some big changes there, I've dealt with activist teachers and union reps as a labor relations professional, Hell, I've even slept with a couple of teachers; some of them are fun girls, so I'm not void of experience with "education." Sorry, useful idiot, the rest of us can figure out that it isn't education, it is leftist indoctrination.
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Art, we're always made aware of your high level government appointment and expertise in all things relevant to life in america. But heres the problem with your evaluations. While you obviously get out, sleeping with teachers and who knows what else at some point in your life, you don't get around much. If you were and honest man, how many states and how many LBE's have you represented in your lifetime? If you were and honest man, how many states legislatures have you worked with as a lay citizen, concerning education?

Are you so radicalized and blind to know that curriculm books and content has historically been by committe of people from all political ideological pursuations? Are you so radicalized that your blind to the fact that all the 50 years of perpetual educational experimentation has had its origins in all the political ideological persuations? Are you so radicalized that you're blind to the fact that NCLB was only given a framework for academic achievement and accountablity and that it was the States who had full authority to formualte their own programs to be approved by the U.S. Department of Education? Republican and democrat majority and split states. Likewise, for RtT!

What poltical ideology did NCLB orginate from? Even better yet! What is much of the origins of the Obama and Duncan RtT? I'm betting you have no 'idependent' knowledge.

And in conclusion, let me kindly remind you that, it is 'your' generation that ushered in the decline of our educational systems in america democrat and republican alike! Likewise, if your social and communications standards have been thoughout your life, what it is today, you've 'personally' contributed a major negative influence.
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"A second teacher was arrested for reckless op. He drove his vehicle toward a van load of students to block them from entering the school parking lot. "
I can't imagine this will be left unchallenged. Ohio's had more than its fair share of vehicular deaths in the past few days, as a parent I would personally see to it that this teacher was suspended. One good aspect of social media (as Paula pointed out) is the transparency it creates and the brainstorming it can foster in any community. I'm sure people in Strongsville are angry. Hopefully there are parents who are stepping forward into leadership positions. School boards ultimately answer to parents, but only when the parents demand it.
1 year ago
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But this doesn't make major news although they hyperventilated for days about the supposed yelling of the "n" word at the Democrat who was going to vote for Obamacare ...
1 year ago
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School board - or the taxpayers - need to go PATCO on the union.

Full disclosure: I oppose _all_ unions.
1 year ago
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Unlike the PATCO situation, this appears to be a legal strike; you can replace them but you can't fire them and the union can legally insist that the replacement workers be fired as a condition of ending the strike.
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