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#24359 Apr 21, 2013
Genius, it would be a 22 fold increase in achievement from where they are now.
9 kids out of 1023 scored a grade better than a C on the OAA test in 8th grade math. That means they had 9/10 of 1% score better than a C on the OAA test in 8th grade math.
A 22 fold increase would mean that another 195 kids got the education their taxpayers were funding.
Now Genius, what do we do with a failing system that is not providing the education the taxpayers are funding in the city of Springboro?
In Dayton, we have virtually no say in how they operate.
In Springboro, we do have a voice that can cry out for us to deliver an actual education to the 2000 plus children who are now not receiving the one the taxpayers have funded.
We can and should demand better of a system that pays our teachers $30-$66/hour. The results we saw in 2012 are not uncommon.
2012 80% scored 63% or less on the 8th grade OAA Math test
2011 79% scored 63% or less on the 8th grade OAA Math test
2010 80% scored 63% or less on the 8th grade OAA Math test
This is a systemic problem that cheats all children regardless of race, creed, color, or place of national origin.
Ms. Cook has seen these results repeated during her tenure as Principal at the Junior HIgh, how long can we tolerate this lack of actual learning and leadership?
Here we have three straight years of documented failure of 4 out of 5 children in Math. Go back to 2008 and you will see the same level of achievement.
Would you have us believe all of these children are not very bright in Math, our teachers are incompetent, our parents do not care, our children are not good test takers, or the test is too hard,?
The truth is the Emperor has no clothes.
The system and methods we are using now do not work. If they did, the children would pass the test with real scores that reflect actual learning.
These test are not MIT tough entrance exams, they are pretty basic and elemental. They even let you use calculators and give you the formulas you need.
What is the definition of insanity?
Doing the same thing the same way over and over and expecting different results each time.
Our system is insane and we cannot waste another year of our children's education on repeating the same program.
#24360 Apr 22, 2013
Do you know of anyone that goes to college for 4 years and comes out making $60 per hour? I know of no one but a teacher. That is why we have so many applicants for teaching positions. Good money great schedule and the have a family life that private sector employees don't get. Retirement unmatched by any other system, benefits unmatched in the private sector.
#24361 Apr 22, 2013
WOW you need to check your facts. You have stated things here that are totally untrue. "is getting $40K more than the last guy" totally wrong. The last guy got pick-up for 10,000 a year that last guy got $105,000,so it may be simple math but just to start the comparison 105 + 10= 115, this guy gets $130,000. Now look at all the other parts of the contract. This new guy actually works.
#24362 Apr 22, 2013
Oh we all know what "compromise" means to you. We are all well aware who this is and why you use the words "Compromise", because it suits you. You wish to make all of us sympathetic to your cause knowing full well that this so called "compromise" is useful to those that buy it as a kinder, way of letting your freedoms go out the window. Your compromise means, "Let me step on your rights, kill your freedom, take your children, in the nicest way possible of course and you won't feel anything because I have made you to feel good about it. Does anyone else picture the joker now?
Your compromise is hitting deaf ears now that we woke up. Guess what buddy, how about you "compromise" now? Now, Hand us your children, your freedom, your liberty, ya know in the name of compromise.
You can take your compromise and _____ it.
Ask Ed Wade and Mayor Agenbroad about how this works, they never net a tax hike they did not like. Ya know, in the name of compromise and all.
#24363 Apr 22, 2013
You need to define your terms for the rest of us who are not well versed in union lingo.
For instance, what is pick-up?
Otherwise it may as well be written in greek.
#24364 Apr 22, 2013
Please show me where a teacher makes 60 dollars right out of college? You are crazy, 34,000 dollars a year for a starting salary in Springboro does not equate to 60,000 a year. Way to spread more lies buddy!!!! You truly have no clue do you?
#24365 Apr 22, 2013
I would like to see the math on this also!
#24366 Apr 22, 2013
Meant to say 60 an hour not 60,000 a year. Sorry
#24367 Apr 22, 2013
Taxpayers can never get a break from the heavy burden of forced unionism upon Ohioans, based on the only choice that exists is for government union workers to accept across the board compensation package reductions. Compensation packages cuts are quite familiar in the private sector. Why should government be immune from these actions when times are tough? Shouldn't this "compromise" be part of the discussion in contract negotiations? Taxpayers cnnot keep up with the unsustainable pace of cost increases of government union workers high cost of compensation packages set forth in outdated collective bargaining laws which are breaking the backs of private sector workers/taxpayers.
#24369 Apr 22, 2013
So private sector employers are the only ones who pay taxes huh? Government employees are not immunned to these cuts. Pay freezes and pay reductions happen there too.
#24370 Apr 22, 2013
Tell us again who is underpaid working 2/3 a normal full time schedule.
The $30/hour fresh out of college teacher?
The $44/hour 10 year vet?
The $55/hour veteran looking to retirement after 25 years?
The $67/hour long time veteran?
Sometimes your pay increases out run your productivity to the program.
#24371 Apr 22, 2013
since when do you care about productivity???? Do you even have a clue as to how to run a business?? Come on "Just Watching" get with the program
#24372 Apr 22, 2013
Could someone tell me who this "just watching" person is? Seems to me instead of spending all his time on the computer since he is so smart he should be on the school board or maybe even the administrative staff.
#24373 Apr 22, 2013
Taxpayers never get a break!
According to some reports submitted to the ODOE in October 2010, Ohio's school districts projected an aggregate deficit in 2015 of $7.6 billion with 96 percent of all tax revenue going to compensation package costs. Compensation package costs in some school districts substantially exceeded 100 percent of all tax revenue. If school districts would have instituted an across-the-board 10 percent compensation package reduction in 2010 and limited future growth to 3.2 percent (Ohio's historical inflation rate) the $7.6 billion deficit would become a nearly $1 billion surplus and would have avoided nearly $8 billion in property tax increases.
Taxpayers cannot keep up with the unstainable pace of cost increases in Ohio. Per pupil expenditures increased from $7,178
in 2000 to $10,128 in 2010, a 41.1 percent increase.
As costs have gone up significantly, the educational outcomes in Ohio have made little progress as measured by results on the National Assessment of Education Progress. In August 2011 The Blade reported that: Results of ACT college-admission tests suggest that nearly three-quarters of Ohio high school graduates aren't completely prepared for college. Test results released showed that only 28 percent of test-takers in the Class of 2011 at Ohio public and private high schools met college readiness standard in English, reading, math and science.
With the mediocre results achieved over the last decade despite the large jumps in expenditures and teacher compensation, TAXPAYERS deserve a break from the ever-increasing tax burden and the emotional blackmail. Enough is Enough! Without fundamental government compensation package reforms, they won't get that break!
#24374 Apr 22, 2013
#24375 Apr 22, 2013
Well, it totally depends on who you are talking to. If you are a taxpayer you would be told it is a pay "freeze", you know not a raise, however the truth is it is a raise that was added at 2% per year to finally get to a 10% level, although hidden in the pay check and not in the salary. This is just like some districts give a car allowance, a cell phone allowance and a annuity, all th9ings that are benefits yet not known by the public.
You don't like school speak? I have a lot more where that came from. Have you ever heard of steps, not step raises but just steps that don't count as a raise. If you say it like that "steps" it does not count if you call it what it really is step raises then everyone wold know what you are talking about. So
#24376 Apr 22, 2013
OK lets use your math. It appears to be $25 plus benefits. What do you think the total is? Maybe it is not $60 for a starter but it sure is for the average salary in many districts. BTW why did you leave CA? Marketing strategy not paying off?
#24377 Apr 22, 2013
Gimme one. Who has gotten a pay cut in Govt? Just one! I can show you most of Springboro that has done their jobs with less pay and benefits in the last 5 years
#24378 Apr 22, 2013
An you don't think that BOEs have the same mentality towards the teachers of their respective districts? What the State needs to do is get off their you know what's and fix the way public schools are funded in the state of Ohio. Put as much effort into getting them to change this policy as you do attacking the teachers and researching people talking about your friends on the Internet and see if something happens.
#24379 Apr 22, 2013
Every civilian employee at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Payed attention to the news lately? Furlough ring a bell?
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