Teachers step back, give up pay hikes | The Columbus Dispatch

Some local teachers are giving up a benefit they have rarely sacrificed: automatic pay bumps linked to their education and years of service. Full Story
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miss hathaway

Dublin, OH

#1 Jun 12, 2011
too little, too late

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Spooey

Westlake, OH

#2 Jun 12, 2011
Thanks SB5 for waking them up to the real world. If SB5 is repealed they will go back to the old ways quickly. Support SB5.
Dispatch slanted news

Sunbury, OH

#4 Jun 12, 2011
This is not news. Teachers (and other public employees) have historically sacrificed pay raises, step increases, health benefits, etc., when their districts have faced financial crises. The only thing different this year is how widespread the financial crisis is, and so most teachers are (again) sacrificing.
Jim

Hilliard, OH

#5 Jun 12, 2011
Why would any good and decent person want to become a teacher or go into education? All we as a society ever do is blame them, curse them, villinize them. Teachers don't recieve much in terms of respect in this country anymore. Its no wonder countries that do respect this profession are ahead of us academically. Ignorant people who never took advantage of education do not respect education.
Hayduke

Marysville, OH

#6 Jun 12, 2011
SB 5 IS working.....
Support SB 5

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Since: Jun 09

Hilliard, OH

#7 Jun 12, 2011
Yes, teachers finally have come to the sobering thought that under an Obama administration the money train has come to a stop and is now rolling backwards. Plus it will make a good campaign add with the upcoming vote to repeal SB5. The add will read: see we are not money grubbing public servants, please vote to repeal SB5 so we can go back to the old days of being money grubbers.
Hayduke

Marysville, OH

#8 Jun 12, 2011
Dispatch slanted news wrote:
This is not news. Teachers (and other public employees) have historically sacrificed pay raises, step increases, health benefits, etc., when their districts have faced financial crises. The only thing different this year is how widespread the financial crisis is, and so most teachers are (again) sacrificing.
That is NOT true...They would hold taxpayers hostage by cutting sports, bussing, until the levy passed...
Strike "For the Kids" until their demands were met...
SB 5 is already working......if it is repealed it's back to the old ways...

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Nada

Columbus, OH

#9 Jun 12, 2011
Just wait until people no longer choose education as a profession. If you don't get bright dedicated folks choosing the profession the results will be startling. I can see more of my students skipping education as a college major. Out of this year's graduates, only two chose to be in education.

I see the trend where school districts are spanning contracts to get through Kasich's term.

Why are these SB5 supporters not complaining about Kasich's buddy William Lager? His Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow has FAILED IN EVERY IDENTIFIED STATE CATEGORY FOR 8 YEARS, a worse track record than the Cleveland City School system, which is under threat of being shut down by the state. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is run by unlicensed administrators. Lager, in addition to his $3 million salary, earned an additional $12 million funneled through his software company, which sells products to his charter-school corporation.

Great use of tax dollars, eh?
Whoa

Dublin, OH

#11 Jun 12, 2011
Nice editorial in the news section Dispatch. I guess I should come to expect that the Disgrace can only run so many editorials in a single newspaper. Mr. Wolfe, how many subscriptions have you lost by taking political sides? You should change the name to the Fox Newspaper of Columbus.
Crymeariver

Hampstead, NC

#14 Jun 12, 2011
Jim wrote:
Why would any good and decent person want to become a teacher or go into education? All we as a society ever do is blame them, curse them, villinize them. Teachers don't recieve much in terms of respect in this country anymore. Its no wonder countries that do respect this profession are ahead of us academically. Ignorant people who never took advantage of education do not respect education.
Why would any good and decent person want to go into a productive, wealth building occupation, only to have his or her wealth confiscated "for the children" which is loosely defined to mean "for a 7% rookie salary increase for the whiny teachers"?

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Cancelling

Sunbury, OH

#18 Jun 12, 2011
Whoa wrote:
Nice editorial in the news section Dispatch. I guess I should come to expect that the Disgrace can only run so many editorials in a single newspaper. Mr. Wolfe, how many subscriptions have you lost by taking political sides? You should change the name to the Fox Newspaper of Columbus.
Mark you calendars for June 21, 2011..."Cancel your subscription to the Dispatch" day!
Real Patriot

Columbus, OH

#19 Jun 12, 2011
Cancelling wrote:
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Mark you calendars for June 21, 2011..."Cancel your subscription to the Dispatch" day!
Why wait? Any day is a good day to unsubscribe to the Columbus Disgrace or to just not subscribe at all. The sooner they are out of business the better we will all be.
Teacher too

Pataskala, OH

#20 Jun 12, 2011
miss hathaway wrote:
too little, too late
Teachers in many districts have taken made pay concessions for several years.
Teacher too

Pataskala, OH

#22 Jun 12, 2011
Hayduke wrote:
SB 5 IS working.....
Support SB 5
Teachers making concessions has been happening for years!
teaching 2011

Powell, OH

#23 Jun 12, 2011
Was at a ball field at Olentangy High school and listened to 2 whining parents complain that the teacher told them that "they"(the parents) had to work on certain things at home to make their child's education more successful. This lady bad mouthed the teacher and said she shouldn't be telling her what to do!!!!! You freaking parents are a JOKE! Teachers are dragged through the dirt and treated like crap! It's alright that the private sector get raises, heck, my friends in the private sector haven't missed a pay raise!
Michael Shepheard

Westerville, OH

#24 Jun 12, 2011
K-12 Teachers need to wake up and go into business for themselves. Think about it teachers! You don't need the school districts that are poorly run, and top heavy.

Charge like a daycare or private school!$1,000 per month tuition per student. You could make your $2,000 a month salary with only two students! What if you were paid $1,000 per month for your classroom of 30? That's $30,000 per month.

I'll tell you how.

Get together with your fellow teachers in groups of 5-10. Have a few HQ teachers at each level (elementary, middle, high school, and special areas. Then you pick a cool name, something with "academy" in it. Rent a building and then just continue to do what you already do- teach really well!

With the laws that Kasich has just implemented, there will be no accountability or transparency anyway, so if you get off to a rocky start, just ask for a tax break!

Think about it, no more Data Teams, IAT meetings, no more pesky standardized assessments- you could even decide to raise tuition whenever you want, and kick out the troublemakers!

Every teacher that's able should walk away right now and start charging $1,000 per month like daycare providers and private schools.

It's time to leave the sinking ship that is the public school system.
Anthony Howard

Hilliard, OH

#25 Jun 12, 2011
Yes, these types of budget cuts are more widespread than ever before as was stated in the article. And you know what, you've got the leadership of the much maligned John Kasich to thank for that.

If it weren't for the pressure he's applying, spineless school boards and municipalities would just continue to dole out automatic increases every year and these school system budgets would continue to bloat and fester. But suddenly, that practice has been called into question at the highest level and it's become ok to challenge and reconsider this rather than be shamed by "But, but, but it's for the children. Don't you love children?"

So when your property tax bill drops by a couple or three hundred bucks because your local levy expired that wasn't also recently reapproved by voters or you notice during election season that you're not bombarded by end-the-world scenarios from your school board and pleas for yet more and more cash, then you can thank your new Governor. I'm certainly glad he's there and on top of it, instead of the previous guy.
theotherside

Youngstown, OH

#26 Jun 12, 2011
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Lord knows there is plenty of that in Ohio.
theotherside

Youngstown, OH

#27 Jun 12, 2011
Michael Shepheard wrote:
K-12 Teachers need to wake up and go into business for themselves. Think about it teachers! You don't need the school districts that are poorly run, and top heavy.
Charge like a daycare or private school!$1,000 per month tuition per student. You could make your $2,000 a month salary with only two students! What if you were paid $1,000 per month for your classroom of 30? That's $30,000 per month.
I'll tell you how.
Get together with your fellow teachers in groups of 5-10. Have a few HQ teachers at each level (elementary, middle, high school, and special areas. Then you pick a cool name, something with "academy" in it. Rent a building and then just continue to do what you already do- teach really well!
With the laws that Kasich has just implemented, there will be no accountability or transparency anyway, so if you get off to a rocky start, just ask for a tax break!
Think about it, no more Data Teams, IAT meetings, no more pesky standardized assessments- you could even decide to raise tuition whenever you want, and kick out the troublemakers!
Every teacher that's able should walk away right now and start charging $1,000 per month like daycare providers and private schools.
It's time to leave the sinking ship that is the public school system.
That's a great idea but unfortunately, there soon will be no standards to get licensed as a teacher in Ohio. Everyone looking to cash in will be opening 'schools" under Kasich's laws so there will be no standards, no accountability, and no oversight. Something that the public apparently wants. Let em have it. Glad my kids are out of school in Ohio.
Not Rich

Washington, DC

#28 Jun 12, 2011
SB5 is a joke. Its not working nor will it ever work. Teachers have been making concessions over the past year or so and will continue to do so for the sake of their schools.

Repeal SB5!

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