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#2870923 Largest teacher raise in NC history

Posted by bigjohn on 30 July 2014 - 06:40 PM

One bit that isn't being publicized right now is part of the plan to pay for this is to take away longevity pay for teachers.   Up until now, teachers (and I believe most other state employees) receive a bonus every year once they have reached ten years of service.  This budget takes that away from teachers (to help fund the raise).  Other state employees will not lose this benefit.


The raise is geared towards the teachers with fewer than ten years experience.  Veteran teachers (like myself) with 20+ years of experience will see little increase from what I'm told.  I haven't seen the salary schedule yet.


A little history (and I'm going by memory here so the years are a little off)...  In the late 90's teachers in NC were ranked in the mid 40's nationally, about where we are now.  Governor Easley and the GA put together a comprehensive plan to make NC teachers paid at the national average within 5 years (I believe).  We got very close but don't think we ever made it quite there, but the raises were substantial. 


Since then, and especially in the last 6 years the salary rank has plummeted. 


Since I've been teaching, class sizes have increased in the public schools.


Teaching assistants are sorely needed in the high schools to do everything from modified testing, pulling records for students, helping with technology (switching out computers that don't work, etc.), and especially to work with exceptional children.   In the elementary schools, they are needed even more.  There is no way a teacher can work with 30 students of varying levels and give each of them the attention they deserve on a daily basis. You have kids with learning disabilities in the same class as advanced kids...some get left behind, some don't get challenged....


And those assistants often are bus drivers as well by the way. Good luck paying someone to drive school buses for three hours a day but not allowing them to work as a teacher assistant.

#2866963 Deep Sea Fishing

Posted by bigjohn on 27 July 2014 - 08:19 PM

I've had my 24 footer out 60 miles on a slick calm day.  Most good charter captains won't take you out when it's too rough. They want the repeat business and word of mouth advertising.


My favorite is to go troll early then do some bottom fishing on the way back in.


#2866960 Tackle might not be as bad as we thought.

Posted by bigjohn on 27 July 2014 - 08:16 PM

The proof will start coming out during preseason games when live bullets start flying.  I've heard a lot of guys talk a good game.  This isn't a slam on these guys at all-- I am pulling for them and for some reason I'm thinking we're going to be ok.


Personally I hope they get it figured out pretty quickly (positions) just so they can start to gel as a unit.  Besides outright talent, that's the biggest factor in the success of an o-line (in my opinion).

#2866841 Home Run Casting Choices in Comic Book Movies

Posted by bigjohn on 27 July 2014 - 05:30 PM

I'm glad I'm not the only one that admits liking McGuire as Spiderman.  I haven't seen the reboot so can't comment except that he does not look like the pasty, nerdy, skinny Peter Parker we know and love.

#2866234 Deep Sea Fishing

Posted by bigjohn on 27 July 2014 - 06:52 AM

Hit or miss this time of year since the water is so hot.  Best mahi time is spring and early summer, heading out to the break (50-60 miles).  This time of year the mahi are scattered, and it's not prime wahoo season yet.


Go April-May for good numbers of big mahi with a chance of a wahoo, or September thoughout winter for the best chance at wahoo. BIG wahoo caught in the winter out at the stream along with a pretty good blackfin tuna fisher these days.


Right now you can fish in that 20-30 mile range and if you run up on a good weed line or some floating debris it may hold mahi, although they will probably be small ones (but you may be able to bail 15-30 of the little rascals--that's fun on light spinning gear).

#2863521 Husband creates 'sex starved' spreadsheet for every time he was denied

Posted by bigjohn on 24 July 2014 - 03:52 PM

You mean once or twice a month isn't normal?


#2863511 Justin Blackmon, not Josh Gordon, is now the dumbest player in the NFL

Posted by bigjohn on 24 July 2014 - 03:41 PM

The league doesn't dare crack down on alcohol-relate offenses because they make so much revenue on alcohol advertisements.  It's what generates that incredible television contract.


Addiction comes in many forms.  If it's something that has the potential to harm you, and you can't stop without serious help--that's my definition of addiction.  Alcohol, heroin, porn, gambling, food, exercise, and yes, weed.


Some are more physically addictive and some are more mentally addictive.


I've never done weed or any other drug except for alcohol. I've seen people that could not stop smoking weed, even after losing jobs, wife, kids, etc.  Same thing with gambling and porn, which are obviously not physically addictive.


Bttt, I was wanting us to draft Blackmon back in the day. Yet another reason you are all glad I'm not the GM.

#2858408 the obligatory hot ninja girl thread

Posted by bigjohn on 19 July 2014 - 08:00 PM


She's smokin' hot.



I meant it was worth watching if she had not been hot.



Because she's smokin' hot, it's the best time I've spent on the internet in a long time!

#2856139 the obligatory hot ninja girl thread

Posted by bigjohn on 17 July 2014 - 08:39 PM

That was unbelievable.


Best 7 minutes I've spent watching anything on the internet in a long time, even if she wasn't a hottie.


That just makes it even more epic.

#2848731 A vague question, but what's your favorite moment from Breaking Bad?

Posted by bigjohn on 13 July 2014 - 10:12 AM

Great moments guys.


"I am the one who knocks" was pretty cool.


Anytime Walter was giving it to Schyler.


We just started watching it through for the second time.  What a great, great show.

#2846338 Lucy: Scarlett's New Movie

Posted by bigjohn on 11 July 2014 - 12:13 PM

Who cares.




Yeah I'll see it.

#2846018 Yet Another Mass Murdering SOB

Posted by bigjohn on 11 July 2014 - 07:38 AM

Of course those policies I mention wouldn't prevent all those with evil intent from hurting people.


Of course the bad guys would still find a way (although as I pointed out, we could take some of them out of circulation for a while with harsh penalties for violent offenders).


My questions are  "would these policies save lives" and "is it worth it"?

#2845468 Yet Another Mass Murdering SOB

Posted by bigjohn on 10 July 2014 - 07:18 PM

Sorry Ninja, I'll try to do better!

#2845445 Yet Another Mass Murdering SOB

Posted by bigjohn on 10 July 2014 - 07:07 PM

I will never, ever, understand opposition to:


  1. background checks for gun purchases
  2. withholding the rights to own guns from those with a violent background or warranted mental issues
  3. harsh penalties for convicted violent offenders who are found in possession of guns


Look, I'm not a "gun guy".  I own a rifle and a shotgun, grew up hunting and keep the shotgun around for home protection.  I understand the argument that the criminals will get guns one way or another (at least #2 and #3 can help put a dent in that group). #1 will also help hopefully weed out some of the "crime of passion" deals.


My personal feeling is that no one "needs" an assault type rifle, or a stockpile of guns and ammo, but that's a right that people who follow the law should have.  But I just have never understood opposition to those mentioned above.



#2842333 How do you summer vacay?

Posted by bigjohn on 07 July 2014 - 07:23 PM

Family has a place at Holden Beach so the wife and I visit there a few times during the summer. Went for 7 days earlier this summer, inlaws were there, and I got one really good fishing trip in.


Went back this week for 4 days, got no fishing in (due to weather). In-laws there too.


Got a trip planned at the end of July for 4-5 days and hope to get a couple fishing trips in, but we will be entertaining some other folks too so who knows.


I may sneak down the second week of August for a couple days by MYSELF so I can get some damn good fishing in. Fishing will most likely suck in that hot weather, but at least I'll be able to go.


Really enjoy my time down there and don't really crave doing anything else, especially if it's just me and the wife or a couple fishing buddies.  I have to work while I'm down there (usually a couple hours per night) but since it's all online, no biggie. Then when I get home I catch up with a few days of "full time" work.



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