Teachers draw attention to contract concerns

Feb 5, 2008 Full story: The Sturgis Online Community

“We keep hearing (the lack of raise is) for the good of the kids, but we're here for the kids, too”

Colon teachers banded together Monday to raise community awareness that they have worked without a contract for more than two years. via The Sturgis Online Community

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Colon grad and unemployed

Muskegon, MI

#1 Feb 9, 2008
Just be grateful you still have a job with great benefits. Remember Michigan is suffering a slow death under the Granholm regieme.
Colon grad from Texas

Narrows, VA

#2 Mar 16, 2008
When the priorities are back on education and less on extras (sports, new track, etc.) maybe then the money will be there for what is really important.
Out of Town Teacher

Syracuse, NY

#3 Apr 19, 2008
It is interesting that so many people think teachers should just "be happy to have a job with great benefits." That might be true if all teachers were on equal ground when it comes to salaries. Teachers in Colon make thousands less than other area teachers, including those in similar communities. Let's remember that to become a teacher, one spends many years in school and thousands of dollars for an education. The state then requires the teacher to continue that education by taking additional classes, in spite of the fact that many of them hold a Masters Degree. Teachers must be "highly qualified" and are expected to be super-human in their ability to make learners out of every child. Teachers work countless hours beyond those viewed by the public who seem to think it is an easy, eight to three job. Papers go home every night, and lesson plans take hours to prepare. Those things are not done during the school day. How many other professionals return nights and weekends and pour hundreds of dollars of their own money into their work? Teachers dig into their own pockets to supplement the needs of the classroom all the time. Teachers also volunteer time to help with special events and after school programs. Colon teachers are giving, hard-working PROFESSIONALS, and as such, should be compensated FAIRLY.

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