Fitchburg teachers reach contract pact - Sentinel & Enterprise

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The School Committee approved a three-year contract agreement with the teachers' union that will cost the district approximately $365,954 in raises.

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Dec 23, 2010
 
John wrote:
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Don't need "reforming"...just pointing out the error in saying somebody got a raise when they didn't have a job last year to begin with. We have few opportunities to actually read facts in here (vs. opinions)...let's not pass up the chance to state fact, or correct a fact. Have a nice day.
Facts, who wants facts. Especially facts filled with such minutia. Posters here would rather make up bad news just so they can spew their ignorance.

Thanks for helping to keep it real.
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Dec 23, 2010
 
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<quoted text> Archie's right, you're a nit-picker but won't even admit it.
Dear Mr. Benson:(notice the way it appears that I am being respectful to you even though I think you are a douche bag) It appears that you have a problem when somebody corrects a "supposed fact" misrepresented in here. Might this be from too many teachers using too much red ink correcting your school work? Maybe, maybe not, but it appears that you have no concern with how accurate a statement is. It is attitudes like yours that leads to people making up their own "facts", or just plain misrepresenting them as is the case here. In either case it appears to be YOUR problem, not MINE. So, have a nice day (again notice how I ridicule you with a phony wish of good tidings to you).
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Dec 23, 2010
 
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<quoted text> Archie's right, you're a nit-picker but won't even admit it.
I don't know why dou-che bag was changed to ******* since it is a common household item, but just for accuracy's sake I called you a d-ouc-he bag. I sure hope this copy goes through.
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Jul 31, 2013
 
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The starting salaries were bumped up $6,000 instead, so we are paying the teachers their step raises right from day one. It used to be that they would get the step raises over time, but now they get it right at the beginning.
$ 42,000 per year isn't a bad starting salary coming right out of college for a job that is the equivilent of working about 10 months a year.
Anybody who thinks teachers work only "10 months a year" should go back and speak with the women and men responsible for his education. My wife is an elementary school teacher who gets 15 minutes for lunch every day; who regularly speaks with parents in the evenings; who ponies up at least $1,000 a year in school supplies that the district can't afford; who works, on average, two hours every school night on lesson plans and homework correction that she doesn't have the time for during the day. She works harder and longer hours than I do, and I have 4 years of graduate school and get paid 3 times as much as she does. The school district changes the curriculum every time the prevailing pedagogical winds shift, and that means that teachers are required to spend many, many hours revising their lesson plans. Yes,$42,000 isn't a bad starting salary for somebody in South Carolina, where housing costs and property taxes require a $700 a month mortgage. But for Massachusetts, where the average price of a home requires a family with 2 wage earners, and where the cost of living is 38% higher than the national average, and where teachers routinely put in 10-hour days, that's not a lot of money for a profession where you often can't find a job in the first place unless you have a Master's degree. And by the way, the word "equivalent" is spelled with an "a" in the middle, not an "i." If your teacher had been paid a little more and given a little more help, maybe she could have helped you learn that.
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#65
Jul 31, 2013
 
Teechers am da hart an sole ove amarica. Them help me gradiate with gude grades. u Cant poot a prize tagg on a good teecher.
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#66
Jul 31, 2013
 
This gye no's what him am talkin about. lesin plans for elemntry stoodents am hard to doo.
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Jul 31, 2013
 
I need my master dergee so I can teech kids how too make a hand turkee.
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Jul 31, 2013
 
Me so smrt I haves moore degrees then a tharmonitor. Now me kry bekause my wife am has to grade papers in elementry levil. These kids dont know 2+2=5.

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Anybody who thinks teachers work only "10 months a year" should go back and speak with the women and men responsible for his education. My wife is an elementary school teacher who gets 15 minutes for lunch every day; who regularly speaks with parents in the evenings; who ponies up at least $1,000 a year in school supplies that the district can't afford; who works, on average, two hours every school night on lesson plans and homework correction that she doesn't have the time for during the day. She works harder and longer hours than I do, and I have 4 years of graduate school and get paid 3 times as much as she does. The school district changes the curriculum every time the prevailing pedagogical winds shift, and that means that teachers are required to spend many, many hours revising their lesson plans. Yes,$42,000 isn't a bad starting salary for somebody in South Carolina, where housing costs and property taxes require a $700 a month mortgage. But for Massachusetts, where the average price of a home requires a family with 2 wage earners, and where the cost of living is 38% higher than the national average, and where teachers routinely put in 10-hour days, that's not a lot of money for a profession where you often can't find a job in the first place unless you have a Master's degree. And by the way, the word "equivalent" is spelled with an "a" in the middle, not an "i." If your teacher had been paid a little more and given a little more help, maybe she could have helped you learn that.
You're responding to posts that are almost 3 years old? Son, you need to find yourself a hobby. And you're too dumb to realize wife should get herself a new job if all she's doing is complaining to you that her job stinks. Read your post again, it's obvious that you're a beaten man and you sit there night after night as she does nothing and complain about her job, her students, the parents, the administration etc.

You sound like you're at your breaking point. Get out of that marriage while you still can.
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You're missing the 'lesson' here Fl. This poor guy probably has a $300k mortgage,$280k in student loans of debt and he's learned so much from college courses he can't understand it.

I hate to bring him up but he's another example. Mr. Lynch claims to be a business expert....but he doesn't have a business or a job. Just because you went to college that doesn't mean you will be a success. Back when I went to elementery school the teachers were a bunch of nasty old nags who even were my fathers teacher when he was a kid. There was no teachers crying back then. I think I had to spend more time standing either in the back of the classroom or outside in the hallway. I suppose that explains a lot.
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Anybody who thinks teachers work only "10 months a year" should go back and speak with the women and men responsible for his education. My wife is an elementary school teacher who gets 15 minutes for lunch every day; who regularly speaks with parents in the evenings; who ponies up at least $1,000 a year in school supplies that the district can't afford; who works, on average, two hours every school night on lesson plans and homework correction that she doesn't have the time for during the day. She works harder and longer hours than I do, and I have 4 years of graduate school and get paid 3 times as much as she does. The school district changes the curriculum every time the prevailing pedagogical winds shift, and that means that teachers are required to spend many, many hours revising their lesson plans. Yes,$42,000 isn't a bad starting salary for somebody in South Carolina, where housing costs and property taxes require a $700 a month mortgage. But for Massachusetts, where the average price of a home requires a family with 2 wage earners, and where the cost of living is 38% higher than the national average, and where teachers routinely put in 10-hour days, that's not a lot of money for a profession where you often can't find a job in the first place unless you have a Master's degree. And by the way, the word "equivalent" is spelled with an "a" in the middle, not an "i." If your teacher had been paid a little more and given a little more help, maybe she could have helped you learn that.
Someone needs to quote these figures to whack em tax em Wong! The citizens of Fitchburg are so under represented it is insulting. 1 Million is the projection for trash fees on the citizens of Fitchburg. Another $60 added to your tax bill. And more pot holes to damage your cars throughout the city.
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Lynch for city council wrote:
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Someone needs to quote these figures to whack em tax em Wong! The citizens of Fitchburg are so under represented it is insulting. 1 Million is the projection for trash fees on the citizens of Fitchburg. Another $60 added to your tax bill. And more pot holes to damage your cars throughout the city.
I have a feeling that are you the type of person who tells his mom 'Hit every pothole and we can sue the city for new struts!'. Sorry but that's not how it works. You name a city that doesn't have a pothole..... I'm on to you.

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