Post # 1
Just thinking about this. I am a sped teacher working with students with Autism in the state of Georgia. Tomorrow, we have our first furlough day. I’ve been doing this a long time-my first year of teaching was the 1994-95 school year. Due to extreme budget shortages across the state (same across the country), we are having to take furlough days-three of them. This means no work, no pay. I signed my contract addendum yesterday and it is almost $1000.00 off of my salary.
I know that the county I work in is in better shape than most-some counties around us lost MANY, MANY teacher jobs. It is better for all of us to lose 3 days than for people to lose their jobs, but then I got kindof angry. Not angry at having to take the days off-but angry about major league ball players who get multi-million dollar salaries, celebrities who make that much or more-and some of the most dedicated teachers I that I know who I work with (I want to be like them when I grow up!) having to take unpaid leave from work…just sticks in my craw.
I know we are lucky. We have jobs and health insurance when many people in this country do not. I’m a single mom and I horde my sick leave days to use when my children are ill and it takes every penny of my paycheck to keep food on the table and the mortgage paid. It could be worse-university professors got 6 furlough days and one of our area newspapers, their staff had to take TEN furlough days.
I don’t really know the point of this post, except I was just venting-well,maybe not a vent because it’s not really angry, not really annoyed-I guess I just needed to air some thoughts and feelings.
Anyway…I didn’t count today, but I think we’re at 65 days out from our wedding! I’m going to enjoy the day off with my kids tomorrow and then tomorrow afternoon, one of my Bridesmaid or Best Man (my best friend) is coming over and we’re going to do the invitations.
Post # 3
I completely understand your feelings. Why we pay some people some things and others not so much is beyond me. My Fiance is a pilot. I thought all pilots made really good money. Not the case. The pilots flying the small planes make less then 20,000 a year. And then they don’t get medical until after 6 months of being employed. Some companies make them pay for their own time in a flight simulator to prove they can do the job. And many of them paid over 100,000 to learn to fly and have loans for this education.
Am I crazy, but these people fly 1,000 of people around everyday and they are living in poverty.
Don’t get me wrong if they’ve been there for at least 10-15 years they start making good money. But they have to survive the first few years to get there. And to make matters worse every time they turn around there are more layoffs.
It’s scary and Fiance and I just hope that we survive the next few rounds of layoffs. I don’t know if I could support us alone.
Thanks for letting me vent!
Post # 4
I got furloughed 10 days this past fiscal year that just ended- losing the money was a real pain, but the time off was wonderful, I definitely used it for some wedding planning. I did get a small stipend (less than minimum wage) through unemployment, they called it a “shared work program”. Something to look into with your state. It didn’t do much for my bottom line, but it paid for a few tanks of gas and some groceries- plus I’m not about to argue getting paid a few dollars an hour to goof off around the house. They had a few stipulations that you can’t combine it in the same week as vacation or sick time, but it was definitely better than nothing.
Post # 5
liztwinz – I am a teacher, too, but we haven’t had to do furlough days, yet (there were rumors floating around school last year that we would, but it hasn’t happened). I don’t think it will, since I think our parents wouldn’t like the kids to miss random days of school.
It is ridiculous how teachers are paid! Forget ball players and celebrities: I have a Master’s degree and years of experience, but I am paid far less than friends I graduated with who only have bachelor’s degrees. You have to remind yourself it can’t be about the money….easier said than done I know. Just try to enjoy the days off!
Post # 6
The pay, sigh, I know. I have my EdS (what they award you when you graduate ABD with a PhD) one step above Masters and have been teaching since the 1994 school year. I have worked with kids with learning disabilities, severe & profound intellectual disabilities, severe emotional disorders, and after all this time, finally the job that is my “dream job” working with children with Autism. The kids that I work with are pretty severely involved & I’ve gotten very close with them, as well as their families. I adore what I do.
I certainly didn’t go into teaching for the money, none of us do-its for the love of working with children. I have always felt that some people get the call to serve the Lord, I have always felt that I got the call to work with children with special needs. I absolutely LOVE my job. How lucky am I to do what I love every single day for a living?!
That being said-the pay is rough. As a single mom, keeping a roof over our heads and food in the fridge is a struggle some months. Even with 2 graduate degrees (and enough add ons to my certification to make it 2 pages long) and years and years of experience-it is still disconcerting to know that we lost tenure, my year to year job security depends on a contract, and that despite doing work that I feel is one of the most important (I work with some amazing ladies-teachers who inspire greatness in the minds of the little ones they work with). It’s just very discouraging to me that we, as a profession, seem to get blamed for all kinds of things-and when your school doesn’t make AYP (as some of the schools where I have friends work-here, there and other states even) no matter how hard you work, no matter how much extra time is offered for help and remediation, no matter how many nights, weekends, hours after school, extracurricular activities we as teachers help with-despite all of that-our pay continues to be “professionally low” compared to other professions with commensurate degrees and years of experience-we work longer days and more hours than most other people do at their jobs-which I really don’t mind-whatever it takes to get through to a child. What I do mind is paying more for health insurance while our benefits go down, paying fully for services that my children receive at school while others in the community get these same services for free, and mostly-reading in the newspaper and in all of these journals & reports how our education system is failing…
Aside of all of that-I do what I love for a living. I get paid to work with these charming, darling children who have a gentle spirit and remind me every day all day long to be grateful for what I have-they inspire me down to my soul. One ah-ha moment is worth a month-long struggle to “get it” and when they finally do, there is NO better feeling!
Thanks for the vent ladies. I can yabber on excessively about those issues I feel passionately about!
Post # 7
Just a personal opinion (so no one shoot me) but it seems like teachers are paid poorly because the community values football players over their children’s (or neighbor’s children’s) education. As someone who works in academia (with a large state run University), I understand the importance of education and feel that if we do not put our resources into it we will be failing another generation. Sadly, this is not how the rest of our communities feel.
This is when I get really angry with the rants. My Fiance loves to rant about his Fair Tax and does nothing to solve our horrible tax structure. I get the same anger when I see community members complain about teacher’s pay or property taxes. Come on people, these are our communities, our children, and our jobs (& money)! It would be great to see teachers in our community try to get the neighborhood involved. Letting off hot air will do nothing but rile others up. Lets educate and try to get people on board!
I just would love to see people doing something to change the way our communities see public education. Let’s do something great ladies 🙂