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Trouble minds

Elizabethton, TN

#1 Jun 2, 2012
Why I have have to pay extra 20.00. I have NO kids. The there I, thought the lottery. Was for education.
no way

United States

#2 Jun 2, 2012
Im not in favor at all. Schools will just have to cut. Half of the deficit in the schools is eliminated with glenwood closing. Its always sad to see a school close in but if the parents dont want to see it closed then they can pay for it. Not the whole county. Times are tough. I cant go to my employer and tell him im running a deficit so he needs to find me more money from either himself or other employees. So county govt has to find new ways to cut costs. I will catch a lot of heat for this but its the truth.
Reminisce

Smyrna, TN

#3 Jun 2, 2012
I went to Roby School. Can we raise the wheel tax to $200, and reopen it?
Floyd Hensley

Elizabethton, TN

#4 Jun 2, 2012
I am against an increase in any tax. I also support education. However, any money spent on extracurricular activities should come from those particiapating in those activities. All students are required to pay for their own books and supplies , there fore all atheletes should pay for their own equipment, such as helments and etc. There are mandates, both state and federal, for the education of the students, however, any sports in the school programs are not mandated. The sports programs are not open to all students, only a select few. To support these activities with the education budget is unfair to the rest of the school program. If you need an increase for these programs, then adjust your admission prices by 100 %, and let those participants pay for their own equipment. The atheletic programs should not be included in the education program budget. As far as closing Glenwood school, that is just part of the price of progress, get over it. We can't always get what we want and expect the rest of the people to pay for it.
near there

Brentwood, TN

#5 Jun 2, 2012
Floyd Hensley wrote:
I am against an increase in any tax. I also support education. However, any money spent on extracurricular activities should come from those particiapating in those activities. All students are required to pay for their own books and supplies , there fore all atheletes should pay for their own equipment, such as helments and etc. There are mandates, both state and federal, for the education of the students, however, any sports in the school programs are not mandated. The sports programs are not open to all students, only a select few. To support these activities with the education budget is unfair to the rest of the school program. If you need an increase for these programs, then adjust your admission prices by 100 %, and let those participants pay for their own equipment. The atheletic programs should not be included in the education program budget. As far as closing Glenwood school, that is just part of the price of progress, get over it. We can't always get what we want and expect the rest of the people to pay for it.
I don't care to pay my fair share, however, I read in the paper that the $20 increase will be just enough to cover the teacher pay raises and bonus for the year, so in my opinion, to hell with the teachers, I'm fed up with them and their " the children will suffer" BULLSHIT!
hillary

Bristol, TN

#6 Jun 2, 2012
near there wrote:
<quoted text>I don't care to pay my fair share, however, I read in the paper that the $20 increase will be just enough to cover the teacher pay raises and bonus for the year, so in my opinion, to hell with the teachers, I'm fed up with them and their " the children will suffer" BULLSHIT!
You do realize that teacher's are entitled to a raise. A lot of teachers spend their own money to help students succeed. Teachers already make below what a person with their qualifications would make if they worked somewhere else. I know some teachers don't deserve to be teachers, but the majority love kids and teach for that reason. Teachers have kids they that they have to take care of, and they also pay taxes. They would have to pay the wheel tax increase also. They will raise the taxes to pay for something else if they don't use it for education. I would rather have my tax dollars go towards education as opposed to a new jail or something else we don't need.
near there

Brentwood, TN

#7 Jun 2, 2012
hillary wrote:
<quoted text>
You do realize that teacher's are entitled to a raise. A lot of teachers spend their own money to help students succeed. Teachers already make below what a person with their qualifications would make if they worked somewhere else. I know some teachers don't deserve to be teachers, but the majority love kids and teach for that reason. Teachers have kids they that they have to take care of, and they also pay taxes. They would have to pay the wheel tax increase also. They will raise the taxes to pay for something else if they don't use it for education. I would rather have my tax dollars go towards education as opposed to a new jail or something else we don't need.
You are obviously a teacher, so i forgive you. They do not deserve any raise, there are a lot of people in this county who NEED raises but don't get them. This is a tough economy and you expect me to believe that these poor teachers are suffering so much that all they need is a raise and they will teach that much harder and better, Let me tell you , we are not getting our moneys worth, I know alot of kids in the elementary school system who read about 3 grades lower than they are in, however their grades are A's and B's and they do so well on their Tcaps, of course we all know they go over whats gonna be on those test, down to the letter so as it seems the teachers are doing such a great job, it's our kids that suffer, you idiot, If they teachers dont like it let em try to find a job elsewhere, but, It's "those that can, do, those that can't teach" and they are failing at that too.
hillary

Bristol, TN

#8 Jun 2, 2012
near there wrote:
<quoted text>You are obviously a teacher, so i forgive you. They do not deserve any raise, there are a lot of people in this county who NEED raises but don't get them. This is a tough economy and you expect me to believe that these poor teachers are suffering so much that all they need is a raise and they will teach that much harder and better, Let me tell you , we are not getting our moneys worth, I know alot of kids in the elementary school system who read about 3 grades lower than they are in, however their grades are A's and B's and they do so well on their Tcaps, of course we all know they go over whats gonna be on those test, down to the letter so as it seems the teachers are doing such a great job, it's our kids that suffer, you idiot, If they teachers dont like it let em try to find a job elsewhere, but, It's "those that can, do, those that can't teach" and they are failing at that too.
Obviously you are pretty petty. It takes a person who is willing to deal with 19-30 kids all day to teach. Not only do they teach, but they also have to put up with all the smart mouth, disrespectful, and down right obnoxious kids. A lot of kids now days do not have respect for the teacher. Teachers are required by the state to teach what is going to be on TCAPs, because if the students do not score high enough the teachers will lose their jobs. This is even for tenured teachers now that the new evaluations and laws went Into effect. Most jobs here offer raises to the people who are working hard. I did not say teachers would teach better if they had a raise. Teachers work 7.5 hours a day, 200 days a year, and then they go home and work on grade and lesson plans. So before you go on a rant about teachers maybe the teachers should just let parents stay home full time and teach their children. Oh wait I forgot, you all have to work and pay bills the same way teachers do.
GONE FISHIN

Fort Campbell, TN

#9 Jun 2, 2012
State mandates kids go to school--let the state pay for it-- wheel tax is for roads not schools.
big boy britches

Gallatin, TN

#10 Jun 2, 2012
According to Tim White we need to put our big boy britches on. Such silly talk for a commissioner. Tell you what Commissioner White if you promise not to take any more of my hard earned money I'll buy a big pair of britches and put them on. But if you take my money I might have to run around in the raw.
Honestly

Kingsport, TN

#11 Jun 2, 2012
I agree--the wheel tax is for the roads (many of which are in desperate need of repair). Instead of raising the wheel tax, why not have a "school tax", paid by parents who have children in school.$20 for 1 child,$40 for 2 children, etc. People who don't drive don't have to pay wheel tax. Why should people without children have to pay for other people's kids to go to school?
age old argument

Johnson City, TN

#12 Jun 2, 2012
hillary wrote:
<quoted text>
You do realize that teacher's are entitled to a raise. A lot of teachers spend their own money to help students succeed. Teachers already make below what a person with their qualifications would make if they worked somewhere else. I know some teachers don't deserve to be teachers, but the majority love kids and teach for that reason. Teachers have kids they that they have to take care of, and they also pay taxes. They would have to pay the wheel tax increase also. They will raise the taxes to pay for something else if they don't use it for education. I would rather have my tax dollars go towards education as opposed to a new jail or something else we don't need.
why are some teachers getting 3 raises. just called different increases? and the same old argument is really getting old....all professionals in this town could go anywhere else and make more money with their qualifications. you just have to choose whether it's better to live in a nice family oriented community, work, raise a family, and make less money in your particular profession, or go to a different place where the cost of living is much higher, the community not as nice etc. all professionals have to make that choice. whining is not very professional.
age old argument

Johnson City, TN

#13 Jun 2, 2012
big boy britches wrote:
According to Tim White we need to put our big boy britches on. Such silly talk for a commissioner. Tell you what Commissioner White if you promise not to take any more of my hard earned money I'll buy a big pair of britches and put them on. But if you take my money I might have to run around in the raw.
now that's some kind of language for an elected official to use isn't it? Makes me proud- not! how trashy is that?
hillary

Bristol, TN

#14 Jun 2, 2012
age old argument wrote:
<quoted text>why are some teachers getting 3 raises. just called different increases? and the same old argument is really getting old....all professionals in this town could go anywhere else and make more money with their qualifications. you just have to choose whether it's better to live in a nice family oriented community, work, raise a family, and make less money in your particular profession, or go to a different place where the cost of living is much higher, the community not as nice etc. all professionals have to make that choice. whining is not very professional.
I don't know anything about three raises. I do know that teachers get a raise each year, but I have never heard of three raises. I would like to see the records and find out who is receiving these raises. I only get one raise each year. I think some talk about three raises is crazy, because I have never received three raises. My pay goes up about 500 a year which is a 50 dollar a month increase if you divide it by 10 months. The central office must keep the rest of these "raises" an spend them on other things.
age old argument

Johnson City, TN

#15 Jun 2, 2012
hillary wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't know anything about three raises. I do know that teachers get a raise each year, but I have never heard of three raises. I would like to see the records and find out who is receiving these raises. I only get one raise each year. I think some talk about three raises is crazy, because I have never received three raises. My pay goes up about 500 a year which is a 50 dollar a month increase if you divide it by 10 months. The central office must keep the rest of these "raises" an spend them on other things.
the paper said teachers get a (1). 2.5% state mandated raise,(2). a 9% insurance pay increase (paid by the state and local taxpayers),(3) a step increase, and then it said if a teacher was retiring they got (4)a bonus on top of that. benefits are raises ( you would have to pay for them out of your salary if the school system didn't pay for them with taxpayer dollars). all that's why there has to be a wheel tax it said. you might want to check with central office.
age old argument

Johnson City, TN

#16 Jun 2, 2012
they sure don't spend much money on textbooks....
hillary

Bristol, TN

#17 Jun 2, 2012
age old argument wrote:
<quoted text>the paper said teachers get a (1). 2.5% state mandated raise,(2). a 9% insurance pay increase (paid by the state and local taxpayers),(3) a step increase, and then it said if a teacher was retiring they got (4)a bonus on top of that. benefits are raises ( you would have to pay for them out of your salary if the school system didn't pay for them with taxpayer dollars). all that's why there has to be a wheel tax it said. you might want to check with central office.
I pay over half of my check for taxes, insurance, and retirement. When I receive my check each month, I actually receive $1700.00 after everything comes out. The benefits sick as insurance and retirement, comes directly out of my check. Maybe the county should tell that we do pay for our insurance, retirement, and some of the other "benefits" that people think we get for free.
realist

Ashburn, VA

#18 Jun 3, 2012
hillary wrote:
<quoted text>
I pay over half of my check for taxes, insurance, and retirement. When I receive my check each month, I actually receive $1700.00 after everything comes out. The benefits sick as insurance and retirement, comes directly out of my check. Maybe the county should tell that we do pay for our insurance, retirement, and some of the other "benefits" that people think we get for free.
How do you live on $1700.00 after taxes per month? I feel for you. And, you're a teacher! And, we pay baseball players and actors millions and millions of dollars. Hmmmm.......... where are our priorities as a society?
realist

Ashburn, VA

#19 Jun 3, 2012
age old argument wrote:
they sure don't spend much money on textbooks....
Exactly. Priorities.
realist

Ashburn, VA

#20 Jun 3, 2012
Floyd Hensley wrote:
I am against an increase in any tax. I also support education. However, any money spent on extracurricular activities should come from those particiapating in those activities. All students are required to pay for their own books and supplies , there fore all atheletes should pay for their own equipment, such as helments and etc. There are mandates, both state and federal, for the education of the students, however, any sports in the school programs are not mandated. The sports programs are not open to all students, only a select few. To support these activities with the education budget is unfair to the rest of the school program. If you need an increase for these programs, then adjust your admission prices by 100 %, and let those participants pay for their own equipment. The atheletic programs should not be included in the education program budget. As far as closing Glenwood school, that is just part of the price of progress, get over it. We can't always get what we want and expect the rest of the people to pay for it.
I agree. Schools are for education. I always understood that athletics was for the boosters and alma maters to bring money in for the schools. Let them do it, then. Athletics support the school - not visa versa.

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