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  1. bigjohn

    What Does Voting Democrat Do For Me?

    Well here is a democrat who is complaining about how the budget was written up this year. How dare he not trust that small group of republicans to do what's best for the state without any input or discussion from the democrats (or other republicans for that matter). Something as simple as a $24 billion budget should obviously be created by a handful of partisan lawmakers with no input or ability to amend. Come on Jeff, just because it's the first time it's been done in modern history doesn't mean it's a bad idea, right?
  2. bigjohn

    Hope our legislators read fast...

    And I love how they are already publicizing a 6.5% teacher raise. The way they communicate it, you would think all teachers get a 6.5% raise. That is far from the truth. Veteran teachers are getting nothing. I'm a teacher with 24 years experience. I will not get a dime more next year than I do this year.
  3. bigjohn

    Hope our legislators read fast...

    Teeray That's the normal procedure, but the way I understand it this budget was released as a conference report. This means it was put together by a small committee and can not be amended. Basically read it (or as much as you can), and a "yay' or "nay" vote. From what I heard, there were no democrats on that committee, which makes it ok to some folks. At least that is the way it was explained to me.
  4. Next year's proposed North Carolina budget was released tonight. First vote is in the morning. Plenty of time to figure out if it appropriately spends $24 billion of our money.
  5. bigjohn

    NC teacher march Wed. 5/16

    I don't care which side of the aisle you're on, this should outrage people.
  6. bigjohn

    Houston school shooting, at least 8 dead

    Yeah but let's keep cutting school counselors and have so much bullshit testing that the few counselors we do have don't get to actually counsel kids and maybe head some of the poo off. Goddammit.
  7. bigjohn

    NC teacher march Wed. 5/16

    Not arguing here-- your point is well taken. But if you leave your job you can keep contributing to that 401k. If a teacher leaves before 10 years experience, they don't get a dime of the 6% each month they have invested. And if you die that 401k still has value to your beneficiary. If a teacher chooses max payout, when they die that pension carries no value to their beneficiary. I still would go pension all the way-- certainly one of the clear advantages teachers have.
  8. bigjohn

    NC teacher march Wed. 5/16

    Everyone's insurance (well most) is worst in the last several years, including teachers. That used to be one of the big rallying cries-- your salary isn't great, but your benefits are. That's not as true as it used to be, but it still isn't as bad as some. And yes it is pretty hard to get fired as a teacher right now, and a huge part of that is there is no one better to replace you! Talk to your principals and ask about the talent pool of teachers interviewing for jobs. It is horrible. I have sat in on a couple of those interviews. Now, how do we increase that talent pool? It's going to get worse. Fewer teachers than ever are majoring in education in this state.
  9. bigjohn

    NC teacher march Wed. 5/16

    You CAN! Join us. There are PLENTY of openings. And there will be more. If you have a 4 year degree, you can pretty much choose what subject area you want to teach. You'll have to pass the Praxis and take a few other courses along the way, but come on. If we keep the status quo, there will be even more teaching positions. Call your friends and invite them into this cakewalk of a career.
  10. bigjohn

    NC teacher march Wed. 5/16

    I had a doctor's appointment today with a hand specialist (love that $94 co-pay!) and one of the nurses started a conversation with me when she found out I was a teacher. Ended up chatting with her, another nurse and a PA and it was nice to hear their support for teachers. Then saw on social media on of our county commissioners talking about teachers "having it made" and he should go be a teacher because it was such an easy gig. Life is all about balance I suppose.
  11. bigjohn

    NC teacher march Wed. 5/16

    Although I do get a bonus for the number of my students that pass the Microsoft Certification test (which is separate from the final exam). This is paid by Microsoft though, not by our state.
  12. bigjohn

    NC teacher march Wed. 5/16

    Nope, not by the state. Not sure if any individual LEAs do.
  13. bigjohn

    NC teacher march Wed. 5/16

    I have no problem with an audit looking for waste. I have a HUGE problem with the rhetoric from our legislators. They aren't listening to teachers. They aren't in our schools. They call us thugs. They take away longevity, roll it into our salary and call it a landmark raise. This legislature has made it a true "us versus them" situation and again I hate this.
  14. bigjohn

    NC teacher march Wed. 5/16

    This is really a strong opportunity for our legislators to LISTEN and stop political posturing. Take care of your veteran teachers Provide funding for more teacher assistants Add money for textbooks Give a solid plan to get teachers to national average (ALL TEACHERS) within 4 years Put together a bond referendum for school facility improvements Stop bad mouthing the profession ******** By the way, another remark on my social media page today: I want the person who teaches my kid to read to make more money than the dude that installs my cable.
  15. bigjohn

    NC teacher march Wed. 5/16

    To quote one of my teacher friends, "It's a movement, not a moment". NCAE is going to try to work with out general assembly to fund some of these issues. Here are the goals: Per-Pupil Spending to the National Average in Four Years A Multi-Year Professional Compensation and Benefits Plan for ALL Educators that includes: Ending Experienced Educator Pay Discrimination Average Teacher Pay to National Average in Four Years Significant and Livable Raises for ALL Public School Employees Restoring Advanced Degree Pay Restoring Longevity Pay Annual Cost-of-Living Increase Enhanced and Protected Health Insurance and Pension Ending Pay for Performance Based on Test Scores, Including for Administrators Reinstating Career Status Real Dedicated Planning Time and Lunch Time Investing in the Health and Well-Being of our Students and Making Schools Safer including: At least 500 additional school nurses, social workers, and counselors this year Improve health options for our most vulnerable students by expanding Medicaid Fix Our Crumbling Schools and Large Class Sizes With a $1.9 Billion Statewide School Construction Bond No Corporate Tax Cuts Until Per-Pupil Spending and Teacher Pay Reach the National Average As for myself, I am going to contact my representatives and try to articulate to them the importance of improving funding for public education.