I am not a bleeding heart liberal, but I want to deal in facts. This makes it much easier to plan strategies and make decisions. I have said this as a response to a recent entry which I read that proclaimed some real distortions. The claim was made that teachers get paid vacations/holidays, paid sick leave, bonuses, shorter work hours and paid college.
This is only partly true. Teachers get ONLY Christmas and Thanksgiving Day paid, the rest of the time it is unpaid. Summer “vacations” are unpaid. Teachers have to have deductions taken from their pay to cover these “vacations”. In Wisconsin, teachers are allowed 12 sick days per year that are paid. If they don’t get sick or take their sick days they may accumulate the days up to 128 – after that it is use or loose.
I have never heard of a teacher getting a bonus.
Teachers may work on site for 6-8 hours for pay then they go home and spend hours (unpaid) correcting homework or getting stuff together for the next day. They do not get additional pay for parent conferences, meetings, or attendance at special events (supervision, yes, sometimes- attendance, no) . The average teacher works 10-12 hour days.
As far as teachers getting paid for college it is dependent – like it is in business. IN some districts there are funds set aside for “professional development” and/or college course work. These monies are dedicated discretionary (may only be used for these purposes or loose them) However, if there is a great need within a district for a particular specialization they may accept the application one of their own employees and choose to co-pay for some college coursework. All other advanced college coursework is paid for by the teacher out of their salary.
I just wanted to get down to real information so that we can get some changes made in State spending.
I do not know where the blogger got their information but it qualifies as barely and rarely true. My wife was a teacher in Wi and when we lived there we knew many, many teachers and district administrators.
Now – Let’s get busy!