Chesterfield County Teachers Walk Out...

Chesterfield County Teachers Walk Out to Send a Message to Admi...

There are 89 comments on the WTVR story from Mar 26, 2010, titled Chesterfield County Teachers Walk Out to Send a Message to Admi.... In it, WTVR reports that:

When hundreds of teaching positions are lost next year in Chesterfield County, other teachers will have to pick up the slack.

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Greenie2

Midlothian, VA

#1 Mar 26, 2010
Good for them! I taught school briefly after college graduation. Teachers work very hard. Yes, the summer vacation was nice, but after a year with unruly kids you need it. If teachers didn't have a break, very few would be able to stay in the profession for any length of time.

The amount of time spent on lesson planning, grading papers, after school help, etc. is more than the average person realizes. We also had other duties such as lunchroom monitoring, bus monitoring, club sponsorships and the like to do. There is also professional development that must be completed to have your teaching license renewed.

It was frustrating to have so many in my family question why I would want to waste my time in such a profession when I could have attended law school and "done something with my life." I was willing to take the lower pay, but I gave up when there was no real discipline of problem students. One student in my school hit a teacher and the parent sued the teacher! Most of the problem students had parents who either didn't care or thought that their child could do no wrong and they could bully the school into dropping punishment. The sad part is that it usually worked.

I left teaching and entered another profession where after a couple of years, I was making twice what I could have made after working 20 years as a teacher. And we complain about the education system! Wall Street claims it had to pay bonuses (even with the bailout) or they would lose their best talent. When it comes to teachers, we're willing to take that chance. What a sad commentary on the priorities of our society!!
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#2 Mar 26, 2010
They walk, we hire.
Abby

Clermont, FL

#3 Mar 26, 2010
If these teachers can act this way, at the students' expense, they need to be FIRED. Teachers have great hours, decent pay, excellent benefits, not to mention holidays and their lengthy vacations. The worst thing to have ever happened were teachers unions. They are all about themselves and not the students.
Really

Richmond, VA

#4 Mar 26, 2010
7:10-2:25. 7.25 hrs per day X 180 days per year= 1305 hrs worked. Add VERY good benefits and tenure.

Teachers need to step up, do the extra work for the greater good ,and demand merit based pay with accountability.

I can't believe teachers are reacting to this by punishing the kids they are here to help.
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#5 Mar 26, 2010
There is no rebellion in chesterfield, nooooooo not in teabag tea-cup country.
maq

Richmond, VA

#6 Mar 26, 2010
Next year will be very difficult for students as teachers will not have time to hold club meetings, offer extra help before or after school due to increased administrative and teaching duties. Many teachers will need to find a second job, further limiting time to grade papers and plan lessons. Our kids are our most precious resource and they are being severely short-changed in Chesterfield County. Furthermore, our property values will take a much deeper dive. Our county needs to be much more fiscally responsible to stop the bleeding NOW!
Jade

Clermont, FL

#7 Mar 26, 2010
Every worker in America is struggling and courageously facing many hardships. WTH shouldn't teachers? Try not having medical/retirement benefits like the rest of the country. Wake up and grow up.
Fed up

Richmond, VA

#8 Mar 26, 2010
Seems to me that if Virginia can somehow find money enough to sue the Federal Government on health care reform, we should be able to find money enough to employ these teachers. After all these kids are our future. Perhaps maybe Mr Cantor, or Mr. Cuccinelli will pay for the teacher salaries out of their own pockets, or at least spend this money on a good cause, instead of playing politics (Remember this teachers when you go to the polls next time!!!). It still boggles my mind how you can spend time and money suing the Feds when you have a budget deficit of $4 billion. Is this good fiscal management? Grow up boys!!
maq

Richmond, VA

#10 Mar 26, 2010
not a teahead wrote:
They walk, we hire.
Who will you hire? Who will be willing to work for minimum wage once you factor in the 3+ hours of nightly grading at home, club time during the week, inputting grades in the evening, planning weekly lessons over the weekends, updating the grading system and Edline systems so kids know their grades, class assignments & homework assignments on a daily basis. Teachers work at least a 10-hour day during the week, at least 5 hours over the weekend, and during the summer attend professional development workshops, plan orientation & upcoming school opening events, as well as rewrite curriculum. None of these things have ever been included in our "contract", but are necessary for the benefit of the 130+ students each of us teach. A teacher on average grades 15,000 assessments per academic year. Now do you get it? All teachers want is support of their profession to be the best they can for their students.
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#9 Mar 26, 2010
not a teahead wrote:
There is no rebellion in chesterfield, nooooooo not in teabag tea-cup country.
Yeah, please slap a "tea-cup" teabagger for the mess.
former teacher

Ashland, VA

#11 Mar 26, 2010
During this tough economy with 1000s of professionals, you and old, looking for ANY work, these teachers are showing how out of touch they are with reality. I personally know at least a dozen folks who were laid off from jobs which required MORE than 60 hours of work a week and would GLADLY take a teaching job and work 60 hours a week for a minimum of $40,000 for ONLY 10 MONTHS WORK. GEEZ Louise! Do they not read the papers???????? This is NOT the time to be COMPLAINING ABOUT WORK CONDITIONS when soooooo many folks are OUT OF WORK!! They should just STEP ASIDE and let others give this job a try!
Tired Teacher

Mobile, AL

#12 Mar 26, 2010
Anyone who thinks teachers have great hours and "VERY" good benefits and tenure are completely deluded. I don't know a single teacher who only works the contract. There is no way to get all that needs to be done completed in that amount of time. I have 145 students. By the time I plan lessons, implement lessons, grade papers, update grades, post homework assignments, tutor students, attend conferences, call parents, and respond to email, it is often 6PM before I leave work. That's a nearly 12 hour workday. Often, I work through lunch. Sometimes, I even forget to go to the bathroom. I have spent entire planning periods responding to parent emails about missing work, make up work, etc. And, in a school where you can't even get an office referral for excessive tardies processed without calling a parent, setting aside time for a parent phone call is a hardship. I haven't even mentioned the professional development, technology training, focus team meetings, professional learning communities, workshops, portfolios, and continuing education. As for the "VERY" good benefits, I pay "VERY" good money for my health insurance. The family premium is over $600 per month. I used to teach in another state where most school systems have a matching 403b plan, but not here. I can't even save in my own 403b plan because we can only save with one company through the payroll dept. And, now, there is no tuition reimbursement for the courses we are required to take to maintain our teaching licenses. There is definitely room for improvement in the benefits area.
Jade

Clermont, FL

#13 Mar 26, 2010
Fed up wrote:
Seems to me that if Virginia can somehow find money enough to sue the Federal Government on health care reform, we should be able to find money enough to employ these teachers. After all these kids are our future. Perhaps maybe Mr Cantor, or Mr. Cuccinelli will pay for the teacher salaries out of their own pockets, or at least spend this money on a good cause, instead of playing politics (Remember this teachers when you go to the polls next time!!!). It still boggles my mind how you can spend time and money suing the Feds when you have a budget deficit of $4 billion. Is this good fiscal management? Grow up boys!!
What about each county's fiscal management. We've failed at every level. Most could see it coming. You cannot continually borrow or spend more than you bring in. I think I learned that in fifth grade.
former teacher

Ashland, VA

#14 Mar 26, 2010
maq wrote:
<quoted text>
Who will you hire?
More than 21,000 jobs have been lost in the Richmond area. You would be AMAZED at the number of QUALIFIED folks who would be GRATEFUL to take your place. Have you heard about the layoffs at the Richmond-based companies that CLOSED DOWN this year: Circuit City, Land America and Quimdo? Those layoffs impacted the spouses of HUNDREDS of former teachers -- LOTS of those folks would do ANYTHING to bring an income into their homes again. Those families are spending 24/7 trying to find work and worrying about LOSING THEIR HOMES!! Wake up, teachers -- this is NOT the time to complain!
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#15 Mar 26, 2010
Fed up wrote:
Seems to me that if Virginia can somehow find money enough to sue the Federal Government on health care reform, we should be able to find money enough to employ these teachers. After all these kids are our future. Perhaps maybe Mr Cantor, or Mr. Cuccinelli will pay for the teacher salaries out of their own pockets, or at least spend this money on a good cause, instead of playing politics (Remember this teachers when you go to the polls next time!!!). It still boggles my mind how you can spend time and money suing the Feds when you have a budget deficit of $4 billion. Is this good fiscal management? Grow up boys!!
Tell it like it is, the teabaggers don't care who they hurt.
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#16 Mar 26, 2010
maq wrote:
<quoted text>
Who will you hire? Who will be willing to work for minimum wage once you factor in the 3+ hours of nightly grading at home, club time during the week, inputting grades in the evening, planning weekly lessons over the weekends, updating the grading system and Edline systems so kids know their grades, class assignments & homework assignments on a daily basis. Teachers work at least a 10-hour day during the week, at least 5 hours over the weekend, and during the summer attend professional development workshops, plan orientation & upcoming school opening events, as well as rewrite curriculum. None of these things have ever been included in our "contract", but are necessary for the benefit of the 130+ students each of us teach. A teacher on average grades 15,000 assessments per academic year. Now do you get it? All teachers want is support of their profession to be the best they can for their students.
Something you don't understand, there are a lot of teachers facing the unemployment lines, they will replace the "walk out" teachers.
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#17 Mar 26, 2010
Jade wrote:
<quoted text> What about each county's fiscal management. We've failed at every level. Most could see it coming. You cannot continually borrow or spend more than you bring in. I think I learned that in fifth grade.
So, all your bills are paid and you never used credit cards to fund your wants. How interesting.
former teacher

Ashland, VA

#18 Mar 26, 2010
Fed up wrote:
Seems to me that if Virginia can somehow find money enough to sue the Federal Government on health care reform, we should be able to find money enough to employ these teachers.... Grow up boys!!
As a long-time liberal, I absolutely AGREE with you. However, I must add: GROW UP, teachers! If you don't feel called to do the work, if you are burned out and fed up, now is the time to STEP ASIDE -- soooooooooooo many others WANT to teach and are ready, willing and able to do so!!!!!! Are you aware that there are NO OPENINGS for those who WANT TO TEACH????
Skeptic

Palmyra, VA

#19 Mar 26, 2010
Maybe the teachers need a lesson in simple supply and demand. With the current job market, supply is high and demand is low. They should be grateful they have jobs at all.
maq

Richmond, VA

#20 Mar 26, 2010
Have all of you lost the point of all of this? It's our STUDENTS who will be short-changed here. Electives are being cut, athletics will be affected, opportunities for extra-curricular activities as well as extra help & resources will be extremely limited. Teachers are not whining about their jobs - our kids are the ones who are losing much more than teachers in the long-run.

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