What's good about our schools?

Tue, 09/29/2009 - 6:11am
By: allegedteacher

Fayette County Schools has a nifty new online means of viewing one's paystub, and I'm hoping that did not cost the taxpayers too much. In using that means and seeing the results of the paycut and furlough, I was disheartened and discouraged (having to re-budget for $400 less per month net). HOWEVER, I forced myself to think of the good in my work and my particular work site. One of those very good things is the parents; most of my students come from families that care about them and their education; they support their children's studies and their children's teachers. Most Fayette County parents, I believe, are deeply invested in the quality of education in which their children partake and expect them to take responsibility for their own learning. They also hold their children's teachers responsible, as they should. Parents are the absolute backbone of education.
Similarly, the parent-teacher organization of my particular school is hard-working and consistent in helping in any way it can. The loss of positions in our schools has placed more work (for less pay, I MUST add)on the staff. Our PTO has stepped in and maintains a daily presence. Because of the PTO, our phones get answered; media center materials are maintained, shelved, and checked out; teachers get their materials laminated, collated, copied, etc. Did I mention that they FEED us from time to time, as well? (always a good idea to feed your teachers...)
So, I thank you, Fayette County parents and the volunteers of the PTO AND you independent volunteers. You all are the source of encouragement for many teachers and staff in our current tough times. When I think how little our higher-ups care about our challenges and how hard we work, I know that YOU understand and are in the trenches with us!

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Submitted by justwondering on Mon, 10/05/2009 - 12:29pm.

Maybe Mr. Jennings will solve all our education problems.

Kevin Jennings

A transcript from a 1997 speech shows Office of Safe Schools chief Kevin Jennings in the U.S. Department of Education expressed his admiration for Harry Hay, one of the nation's first homosexual activists who launched the Mattachine Society in 1948, founded the Radical Faeries and was a longtime advocate for the North American Man-Boy Love Association, NAMBLA.

WND has reported several times on Jennings' homosexual activism, including his founding of the organization "Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network," which advocates for homosexuality in public schools.

Submitted by promethus6 on Fri, 10/02/2009 - 10:22am.

Newsboy, sorry you are unemployed. Guess you are wishing you had what it takes to be a Teacher. I believe the military is hiring if your still looking for work.

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Submitted by Newsboy on Fri, 10/02/2009 - 3:02pm.

... blah blah blah. Feel better?

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Submitted by Newsboy on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 1:44pm.

The three teachers in my immediate family aren't happy, but they are grateful to have jobs. Times are tough for everybody, have you heard? Around 500,000 unemployed people in this state (myself included) would gladly take your tenured (secure) jobs, step salaries, benefit/pension plans BETTER than the private sector, promise of early retirement and (don't deny it!) 12 weeks vacation annually.



Submitted by p-ode on Fri, 10/02/2009 - 11:38pm.

If you want to join the teaching profession and have the job security, step raises--such as they are, and benefit/pension plan--such as they are, long summer vacation, and the promise of early retirement--which comes with a financial penalty, start applying; you might find yourself a teaching job somewhere. But if you have chosen not to prepare yourself for this particular profession, then why don't you stop judging? Until you perform this not so thankless--teachers get lots of thanks--but certainly not profitable job, you have no qualifications to speak on the subject of teacher frustration. And, no, unless you manage a classroom, grading, planning, meetings, and endless beauracracy, the three teachers in your family do not qualify you to speak on this subject. Along with pay cuts, supply budgets are nonexistent this year; teachers are having to innovate from scratch, and scratch takes time, effort, and sometimes the teacher's money. Furthermore, class sizes have increased considerably; some high school teachers have as many as 140 students--and they're not all well behaved and eager to learn. Moreover, the cuts keep coming. So please, Newsboy, get yourself a teaching job and reap the rewards you so clearly envy. You can enjoy the low pay while you kill yourself to produce test scores and celebrate your secure employment.

Most Fayette teachers are grateful to have jobs, but they wish their job quality wasn't diminishing in front of them.

Get over your ignorance, your arrogance, and your lack of reading comprehension skills already!

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Fri, 10/02/2009 - 11:17am.

I thought what she said was positive, considering. When you do your best it is always a bitter pill when you take a pay cut and the ones responsible, are hardly scathed.

True,the economy is bad and everyone is suffering. But part of the problem with the teachers are bad decisions by some on the BOE.

Many people said don't build those extra schools, we don't need them. But the teachers and taxpayers watched helplessly as they went ahead anyway. Elections were coming up and extra jobs with the schools just seem to flower. And of course, all working at the schools were told to vote for SPLOST. There has been way to much political stuff going on and the teachers and kids have taken a back seat.

People have to wake up and hold these people accountable. Until then, there is no hope. When something this important is happening, the most emotionally damaging thing is to do nothing. If you guys would just take some action, you would feel better, and help your cause.

Submitted by MacTheKnife on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 2:09pm.

Considering she just took the biggest pay cut of any teacher in the state (AJC), despite already being on of the lowest paid teachers in the state (AJC), and she was thanking all of the parents who make teaching worthwhile, I would say you are crass, dull and in serious need of improving your reading comprehension.

Read this newsdolt:

Cuts Hit Fayette Teachers Hardest

Submitted by soundofm on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 3:40pm.


Do you have an email address you will share? If not, could you email me at soundof@yahoo.com. I would love to correspond with you. We agree on much . . . would like to discuss more.

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