Balto. Co. teachers protest lack of pay raise -- Macro Economic...

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Baltimore County teachers battling with County Executive James T. Smith Jr. over a lack of pay raises stepped up their pressure Tuesday, marching outside his office and participating in a job action by working ... Full Story
Drew

Havre De Grace, MD

#1 Apr 1, 2008
No one is getting cost of living increases...tough economic times require everyone to deal with difficult times. If you can find a better job at better pay go for it...good for you, but as one person who works 12 hour days 12 months a year and does not get a cost of living raise I am sorry I cannot sympathize.
Kemper5

Glyndon, MD

#2 Apr 1, 2008
Smith is another one of O'Shmally's henchmen....he is ruining the schools with negelct and abusing the very teachers that have made this program so good.....If you continue to vote democrat in this state you will continue to get leaders wtih poor character and poor ethics...see Smith and Gov.......
Joe Earl

Glyndon, MD

#3 Apr 1, 2008
My question is: Why are teachers paying for classroom supplies? If I were in their position this is the first place I would cut and make sure that administration was aware that this is how it would be from now on. There is no reason, in my mind why teachers should foot the bill for basics.
Bal Co Homeowner

Baltimore, MD

#4 Apr 1, 2008
If Baltimore County doesn't pay keep pace with the surrounding school districts and their salary increases, then it will become more difficult to recruit and retain quality teachers to work in Baltimore County. It sounds like Smith needs to look at what he is potentially doing to the future of education in Baltimore County. If county schools decline in quality, home values will also decline, and so will our tax base. With BRAC coming to Maryland, I'm not sure that this is a good time to put a bad image on Baltimore County. Maybe it's finally time to move to move out of Baltimore County
Donald from Hagerstown

Hagerstown, MD

#5 Apr 1, 2008
The gap between administrators pay and teachers pay is too large yet these same administrators expect their teachers to donate as much free time to the system as is necessary to get the job done. Its the golden rule, he who owns the gold makes the rules. The public school system will never change for the better for all parties concerned until teachers are given adequate time on the clock to do the job the right way. When 75% of the monies is going to 25% of the employees what else can you expect?
Richard Brizendine

Mount Airy, MD

#6 Apr 1, 2008
This crap from these people is making me want to throw up. They are off virtually three months out of the year, and they are complaining making 73k for veteran teachers? You chose this profession and this is what it pays! It's more than enough!!
Steve

Bethpage, NY

#7 Apr 2, 2008
Richard Brizendine wrote:
This crap from these people is making me want to throw up. They are off virtually three months out of the year, and they are complaining making 73k for veteran teachers? You chose this profession and this is what it pays! It's more than enough!!
Don't forget the retirement program. Over 50% of their final average 3 year salary, plus cost-of-living increases, plus medical insurance, all (mostly) paid for by state taxpayers.
Steve

Bethpage, NY

#8 Apr 2, 2008
Bal Co Homeowner wrote:
If Baltimore County doesn't pay keep pace with the surrounding school districts and their salary increases, then it will become more difficult to recruit and retain quality teachers to work in Baltimore County. It sounds like Smith needs to look at what he is potentially doing to the future of education in Baltimore County. If county schools decline in quality, home values will also decline, and so will our tax base. With BRAC coming to Maryland, I'm not sure that this is a good time to put a bad image on Baltimore County. Maybe it's finally time to move to move out of Baltimore County
We heard a similar fire-and-brimstone story a couple of years ago when teachers lobbied for, and received, a significant boost in their pension benefits. At that time, it was "teachers are going to go work/live in Pennsylvania because the retirement plan is better there". Hogwash!
Bruce

Baltimore, MD

#9 Apr 3, 2008
I like monkeys.
Maggie

Severn, MD

#10 Apr 15, 2008
Steve, Richard, Joe, and Drew:
Please come into my classroom any day of the week and teach, there are 30 children eagerly waiting for you, bet you'll make it through half a day! Summers off, sorry, I have to be highly qualified, so I am busy taking classes. Summers off, yes, with NO pay. That means working another job to make ends meet. Oh, and yes, I have paid the 30K to keep up my certification, does yours cost that much? The 7hr days, sorry, get to school at 7:30am and leave at 6:30, nope not 7hrs. Oh yes, I am grading papers all weekend too, weekends off (maybe like you) don't think so. Changing at least one child's life, so he/she doesn't turn out like any of you, hey, I am sticking with it. Do any of you have children? They must be home schooled, of course! Men - get a grip, value the people who are one of the many influential people in a child's life.

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