Minnesota Teacher of Year focuses on early childhood

In this photo provided by Education Minnesota, Katy Smith is named 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year at a banquet in Brooklyn Park, Minn., Sunday, May 1, 2011. Full Story
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Continence

Saint Joseph, MN

#31 May 3, 2011
I am sure that Katy Smith is a fine human being, well meaning, kind and giving, caring and personable, loved by many, hard working and passionate about what she believes.....as are many people.

The problem is the "Teacher of the Year"...or more specificaly, the way the award is played up in our local media.

Every profession has "of the year" awards...the hype created in the media for the Government Educators smacks of promotion of the political views of the Leftist dominated media.

Has the "Teacher of the Year" ever been a Home School Mother that has 100% success rate, or a Parochial School Teacher that creates smart children of faith?

I don't believe so....This is a promotional tactic used to promote Government Workers in Government Schools......schools that have a 30%+ Failure Rate!
Proud Republican

Minneapolis, MN

#32 May 4, 2011
I have a lot of close friends who are teachers.
They improve kids lives by helping them learn stuff. Like reading, writing, arithmetic and some other things like how to get along with others. They impact lives for the betterment of all society. MN teachers have put MN in the top 10 states in a lot of different national measurements of education by many diff sources over the years.

But, these awards are just another way of funneling my tax dollars into the education system. And the teachers should not make anywhere near the money they do. I can't even figure out why we should recognize anyone who is on the government payroll or even fund them. Why, I ask you, WHy? I can't even fiqure it out!
Think about it. tax dollars. awards. Jeez, I can't even fiquare it out! We should never do anything remotely like this. It is how they got contract from us in the first place, by thinking they had value. My tax dollars. I liked things back when they just picked cotton and knew their place.
Tom Do Her

Minneapolis, MN

#33 May 4, 2011
Teacher's union spends millions on dinners, parties as thousands of teachers face layoffs

As nearly 5,000 city teachers face the ax, their union shells out millions of dollars on feasting, boozing and partying, the Daily News has learned.

Free-spending United Federation of Teachers brass last year spent nearly $1.4 million for the UFT's 50th anniversary gala at the Hilton - complete with a movie, a book and a paperweight.

Records show they:

Ponied up $514,000 to 16 separate caterers. Dropped $278,417 on the annual Teachers Union Day ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Bought $6,100 in gift baskets from a lower East Side candy store - and plowed $179,000 into training retreats at a Connecticut resort boasting golf, scuba diving and aqua aerobics.

In one amazing feat of spending, they shelled out $114,870 for annual "coffee supplies" at their five offices across the city - paying the Coffee Distributing Corp. on Long Island $324,000 over three years, records show.

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http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/education...

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but remember, It's "for the children".
the troll again

Minneapolis, MN

#34 May 4, 2011
how's Paul Revere trailer park today, Buckhead?
Tom Do Her

Minneapolis, MN

#35 May 4, 2011
Teacher Who Served as Symbol of Jobs Measure Gets Laid Off

For a while, it looked like a federal measure aimed at supporting teachers and other state and local workers had helped save Amanda VanNess's job. It turned out it was only a temporary reprieve.

In July, the 25-year-old Ms. VanNess lost her job teaching kindergarten at Pickett Elementary School in Toledo, Ohio, as a result of cuts that came after voters rejected an income-tax increase aimed at shoring up a budget deficit at the Toledo Public School District.

In August, the White House had contacted Ms. VanNess's union and invited her to Washington to watch as the House, in a special one-day session, passed a $26 billion plan to save teachers' jobs, and then to stand by President Barack Obama as he signed the bill in the Oval Office.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274...

The money is running out, folks.

"enrollment down by 5.4% this fall from last year"
So are the students in her district ...

Nothing epitomizes what is wrong with this country more than these teachers who think that they and their jobs are somehow sacrosanct.

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