Most everyone works hard don't they? Don't roofers work hard? How about nurses in a pediatric cancer ward? What about the gangs who landscape in the summer and shovel in the winter? What about all private sector workers who have been struggling since the economic downturn in 2008?Get over it! Teachers work hard, and deserve every penny they get. They have also put MANY hours of schooling in to get certified, and must continue to do so or they will lose their certification. I mean seriously, its getting really old hearing people constantly criticize everything about teachers... get a life... why dont you go criticize all the dirty government crooks, politicians, and dont forget all the sports players that make MILLIONS per year for playing a friggin sport... I mean really, its old. Leave teachers alone.
The point is that publci school teachers and administrators seem to be a special class that are protected from economic reality. They make more and more each year and then receive a retirement package that could never be offered in the private sector because the costs couldn't be sustained. The irony is that it is the private sector(taxpayers) who is paying for the teacher/adminsitrator retirements. The double whammy is that those retirement benefits are New York State tax exempt while a private sector workers 401k distributions are taxed.