Middle Class America, think carefully about this. If you head down this road, there is no turning back. You will ruin the teaching corps for generations to come.
Teacher Mom said...
I did the math the other day. I will lose 300-400 per check under the new plan. I have no credit card debt. The only debt we have is a car payment for a four-year-old Toyota, and student loans. Students loans I had to take out both to get my position and to keep it. Continuing education is a requirement for most states. I live a very modest life while supporting 2 children, and my spouse chooses to work for a small business making me the main bread-winner for the family. We already live in a one-bedroom 700 sq ft apartment. There is NOTHING to cut, and nowhere to run. Currently my TAKE HOME pay is 60% of my paycheck. My husband whose salary is literally half of mine, brings home only 300 less per two week period. If this bill goes through, we will have to look in to some form of assistance. Never did I ever think that having a masters degree and working as a professional educator would ever put my family in this type of position.
Joe LoRe said...
Teacher Mom - That was the exact number we came up with in making the decision for my wife to leave her school.
We lose 300-400 per paycheck under this plan.
No pay raise over the last 4 years due to contract negotiations.
Childcare costs for a 1 year old in daycare from 7:30 A.M. to 4 P.M. $300 to $500.
That alone just ate up 85% of her net take home pay.
And even with the other two kids pitching in with household chores - what kind of time did that leave us after dinner was cooked and everything done? All so we could spend 1 hour a day with our child?
When we ran all the numbers, that 15% left would have went to a once a week housekeeper & landscaper & ordering dinner just so we could have some quality time.
Anyone who thinks that it is petty for these teachers to be upset about the money is an asshole.
We were told just a year ago how these wall street bastards needed these bonuses so their companies can keep them. They destroyed a global economy. Why is it ok to demean a teacher because she/he wants a liveable wage?
Teachers are society makers, we need good qualified teachers.
And not only that: righting this wrong need not cost you one dime. You are tapped out because you haven't shared in the gains of the last 30 years.
Your choice is between paying teachers and cops modest salaries with decent (hardly lavish) benefits, and continuing to give huge tax breaks to the wealthiest people, who control your government and media anyway.
[Cleaned up a typo because that's the sort of thing the corporate reform side loves to jump on to prove how "dumb" teachers are.]