And teachers only 150.
Maybe you know - what exactly is 'professional development?' What kind of expensive professional cruise-ins do you attend on a single day that takes a day of education away from our kids? Or is it more like a 'mental health' day negotiated for you by your union?
That day off every grading period doesn't seem to improve the numbers any.
Professional development... just as the definition would imply, it is training sessions and workshops that provide opportunities for teachers to become better educators. In other industries, such as real estate and insurace, it is commonly called continuing education. Almost any professional in this country attends conferences and seminars to improve their skills and develop themselves. Teaching is no different. They are, indeed, professionals.
Professional development is not negotiated by a union, it is required by the United States Government (NCLB, 2001). As to the expense, many times the sessions are taught from within if there is not a consultant brought in. Professional development does not take away from the number of days your child has in school. They are pre-planned and do not count for the 180 days the kids have to be in school (ORC States that 182 days are required with 2 days of professional development).
The true matter at heart here is that 3 calamity days is not nearly enough in many parts of this State. I remember a year that was so bad that the local school district was closed for two weeks (following the two-week winter break). Those days (5) were made up at the year. I do think that all schools should schedule their tentative make-up days so that parents who schedule vacations during, or immediately following, the school year cn plan accordingly. A local school district recently tried to make up a snow day on a Saturday... it was a complete bust. The few children who were sent to school by their parents, watched movies all day because there were so many kids out.
In closing, let's not be so quick to start attacking teachers. They are simply doing what the State and Federal governments require of them.