Comments on: Are teachers a protected class? Bridges, budgets, bonds Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:29:08 +0000 hourly 1 By: naryso Mon, 21 Nov 2011 00:51:43 +0000 Teachers should not avoid the layoffs, especially if they do not achieve better results.

@Acetracy, I also have many relatives in education, my husband is in tech (at a university). He does work very long hours, both at work, and at home, for his job (salaried). He also is required to do his job with a much more then 50% success rate. In fact, in most other jobs, the employee would be gone with the failure rate of schools

By: Acetracy Fri, 18 Nov 2011 14:08:23 +0000 I have many relatives in education, though I work on Wall Street. I can tell you that no trader, financial guru or hedge fund manager has any idea of the demands that the majority of teachers are facing day to day.

Most teachers start their day at 7 AM and finish around 5 PM. Then there is work at home to prepare lessons, grade tests, etc. Then there are parents nights and admin meetings that often stretch into the evenings. On top of this, all the school systems are firing teachers, cutting out programs, increasing class size yet the press continues to rant about getting higher test scores.

This editorial fails to mention the percentage of state budgets and federal budgets that go to elected officials, their staff. Plus on the federal level the HUGE percentage of tax money that goes to the military industrial complex that does squat for this country (I am not talking about our armed forces but the private contractors and defense industries).

If the USA wants to remain a technology and economic leader it must invest in its education system. Yet this article implies that states and local governments need to be firing more teachers than administrators and technocrats. Upsurd

By: DrJJJJ Thu, 17 Nov 2011 19:50:56 +0000 Here is Oregon, the state has cut much of the funding to charter schools- they say it’s the Feds and they may be right! Also, our avg teacher up here gets $80k/yr for 9 months work and a 50% graduation rate! I know there’s many excellent teachers, BUT we aren’t getting the value for the buck-that’s got to change in a hurry! Charter schools are getting the results and they want them shut down-typical gov!