For The Kids - Really?

For The Kids - Really?



Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - Citizens for Responsible Taxation
Teacher: Why I Refuse to Send My Children to Public School

Becca Swanson, Yahoo! Contributor Network

Growing up in public school, I was the teacher's pet. I enjoyed homework, studying, and learning in general. I idolized my teachers, and felt happy in a school environment. So it's no surprise that I went to college to become a teacher. My first day of student teaching, I stepped into my assigned school and smiled. It just felt right.

A decade and many schools later, my views have changed dramatically. I now have two children, still work as a teacher, and am firm in one decision: when their time comes, I refuse to send my children to public school. Here's why:

1. Discipline - My children would be assigned to an elementary school with legendary discipline problems, behavior issues, parental uninvolvement and routine violence. A teacher's day revolves around gaining control of her class, with academics coming last.

Read more: Teacher: Why I Refuse to Send My Children to Public School
School superintendents call for hurting the children to protect adult paychecks

School superintendents are telling lawmakers that reducing the school year by five days will fix their budgets, report  the Everett Herald and Seattle Times.  This shows that they care more about increasing and maintaining the pay of school employees than about providing school days to children.

American students already receive so much less learning time than students in Europe and Asia, that they lose out on an entire year of schooling:  From ThomTax

Read more: School superintendents call for hurting the children to protect adult paychecks
School Spending is up $789 Million

The Washington Education Association (WEA) has called for a “Day of Action” rally in Olympia on November 28th, the first day of the Special Session of the Legislature.  Teachers and public school employees are being urged to leave their classrooms to attend this rally and deliver a “budget cuts hurt kids” message to legislators.  A Week of Action is planned for this week (11/14), with teachers across the state wearing “These Cuts Hurt” buttons, and the WEA placing editorials and ads in newspapers across the state claiming that school budgets have been cut.

Despite cries about hurting kids, the state education budget has not been cut.  Education spending has increased by $789 million compared to the last budget, rising from $12.9 billion in the 2009-11 budget to $13.7 in the 2011-13 budget.

This spending boost includes teacher salary step increases, pension and benefit increases, student enrollment increases, $62.2 million in new programs, $92 million for full-day kindergarten, and the start-up costs for spending $300 million to implement a new test for Washington’s students.  Reductions of 3% and 1.9% to the highest paid administrators and teachers, respectively, were included in the 2011-13 budget, but many districts were able to avoid imposing these reductions and reduced other areas of local spending instead.

Read more: School Spending is up $789 Million
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Top salaries+benefits for East Valley district

Administrative position Salaries
East Valley School District
Superintendent $182,116
4-Other District Administrators $130,207
9-Certificated Principals $139,676
8-Other School Administrators $113,760
224-Certificated Teachers $79,921

Top administrator salaries for Spokane, Central Valley, Mead school districts

Administrative position Salaries
Spokane Public Schools
Superintendent $222,576
Assoc. Super., Support $137,174
Assoc. Super., Teaching $129,299
Exec. Dir., Technology $125,498
Asst Superintendent, HR $110,987
Central Valley School District
Superintendent $145,000
Asst. Superintendent, L&T $123,462
Asst. Superintendent, HR $120,508
Exec. Director Finance $119,085
Exec. Dir., T&L $119,085
Mead School District
Superintendent $202,484
Exec. Dir.,Cte & Info. Tech. $120,633
Exec. Dir.,Student Services $115,810
Exec. Dir.,Business Services $115,810
High School Principal $115,810

Note how many earn more than $100,000 per year, when the median family income in Spokane county is less than $50,000.

School administrators’ pay among highest in county

Public-school administrators remain among the county’s highest-paid public employees. Spokane, Mead and Central Valley school districts together have 133 administrators who earn more than $100,000 annually, according to records obtained by The Spokesman-Review.

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