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    Filed at 11:17 am under by dcobranchi

    No, not the Republican majority.

    The National Education Association Representative Assembly will open July 3 in Los Angeles and the union will use the occasion to launch its latest initiative: a campaign to establish a minimum teacher salary of $40,000 nationwide and a “living wage” for education support employees.

    …All told, conservatively figure a 33 percent hike in education spending nationwide should do the trick. That’s roughly $150 billion, give or take, or an additional $2,000 from every family of four in the United States.

    6 Responses to “OVERREACHING”

    Comment by
    Ian Lewis
    May 27th, 2005
    at 12:30 pm

    This reminds of an article I read in EducatioNext (from the Hoover Institute) about how much public school teachers get paid per hour worked. And they compared it to other professions like lawyers and engineers and so on. I am sure that this is not surprising to any of you, but teachers are among the HIGHEST paid professionals, not lowest. And they got paid higher than engineers and on par with lawyers (if my memory serves me well).

    As a side note, I know many public school teachers and almost all of them take some (easy money) work during their summers just so that they can have some extra spending money. Although, some of them do just spend the summer at the beach.

    Comment by
    Ian Lewis
    May 27th, 2005
    at 12:34 pm

    Here is the link: educat...4.html. I misspelled the name, it is Education Next, and I was wrong about the comparison to lawyers. Although, here is a quote:

    “Teachers earn more per hour than architects, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, statisticians, biological and life scientists, registered nurses, university-level foreign-language teachers, and editors and reporters.”

    Comment by
    May 27th, 2005
    at 2:06 pm

    How ’bout we start advocating a living wage for taxpayers who have to support stupid initiatives? (sarcasm)

    Comment by
    May 28th, 2005
    at 1:23 am

    If anyone is interested in helping John Taylor Gatto get his film made, now would be a good time. It may take him a year or two to complete after obtaining the funds he needs.

    Details at johnta...to.com

    Comment by
    May 30th, 2005
    at 10:14 pm

    Gene, thanks for the heads up. My partner is a professional animator and contacted John Gatto some time ago regarding this project; Mr. Gatto seemed interested. We’d better give him another shout.

    Comment by
    Chad Boudreau
    May 31st, 2005
    at 1:43 pm

    Why would I support a 40,000 dollar nationwide sallary for teachers? I wouldn’t, at all, ever.
    Are their places where teachers should get much more than that? certainly. However, if memory serves me correctly, the cost of living is not the same everywhere. In many many places of the country, the cost of living is very, very low.
    unfortunately, this browser does not support the russian keyboard, so you are going to get it transliterated:
    Dobre Dien, tovorish commandir! Deti horoshie, vce na narkotikah!

    hm…I say we free the teaching profession up to the rules of capitalism, shall we?
    lemme think of a suitable slogan…
    Kill the Union!!!