Would have been a nice raise if they hadn't taken longevity away.
Averaged out to $112 more per month (if you look at it the way the legislature marketed it, it'd be over $200 per month--but they leave out the part about losing longevity).
Also, with the new scale I'm locked in for 5 years.
So for those playing at home, in 2019 I will be making exactly $112 more per month than I did in 2008.
Now I know some folks will chime in with "I haven't had a raise since 2006" and so forth... I'm just making a point and I'm not sure this is the best way to recruit new teachers and retain current ones.
But you can sure bet a lot of our legislators have already printed up brochures touting the "largest raise in NC history" for their upcoming reelection bids.
You definitely don't want people fighting to the tune that it carries back into the locker room. However, skirmishes and some pushing and shoving is a good thing in my opinion. The best teams I've ever coached have had some of that but the big key is they could leave it out on the field/court. Back in the locker room we were all a big family.
Some of the worst teams I've coached never had any pushing or shoving. Just a little soft.
Depression is a bitch. Have seen it take a couple of people really close to me (including former students--now that's a kick in the teeth).
Robin Williams was incredibly talented, as many have said here. I personally think his dramatic acting was underrated but maybe hard for some to take him seriously because he was just so incredibly crazy in his wound up comedic stylings.
If you haven't seen his early stuff when he was on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, do yourself a favor and look it up. Carson was the king, and he couldn't handle Williams. It was pretty much just throw out the script, and some of the best late night moments in TV history.
Along the sidelines, Kelvin Benjamin stayed focused on the game. When others on the team were enjoying more lighthearted discussions with their fellow Panthers, Benjamin studied the game both on the field and reviewing the new and improved video screens. Coaches have remarked positively on just how "coachable" Kelvin is.
I knew a guy who was in Tower II when it was hit. He barely made it out alive-- most of his coworkers weren't as lucky.
His son was in the Pentagon when it was hit. Several of his coworkers didn't make it either.
Hearing actual eyewitness accounts from those two guys is enough for me to believe that for the most part, things went down as they were portrayed. I'm not naive enough to believe that we've been told everything straight up from the beginning, or that we knew/know everything.
I love a good conspiracy theory as much as anyone, but this one is pretty far-fetched.