Tired of spoiled teachers

Chris Baker

Minot

As for teacher safety, we are hidebound by federal regulations (tied to funding) that are used to keep problem students in classrooms with IEPs which, when used properly, assure equal education opportunity, but, when used as easiest simply keep a troubled kid in a class they can’t handle with no consideration of the needs of others, either students or teachers.

The misused IEP assures that the troubled child does not receive needed treatment, and in the process teaches them how to use the law to abuse others. The non-problem students also learn – that the trouble-maker is more valued than they, that maybe they have to make trouble to “get ahead.” Maybe the lesson they take is that they might as well drink or do drugs, since they aren’t “special.”

For everyone’s safety it is better to have IEPs, where academic misperformance is tolerated but civic is not. For that you have to have a special needs school to deliver education AND treatment. And that special care is most effective at younger age, so we’re not just talking high school, but first through graduation! Schooling at such school need not be a “from now on” forever thing either. Each student would have to be appraised yearly for both grade advancement and potential return to “normal”, or neighborhood, school, where the safety of both the student and others can be a weighted factor.

Using the 2018-2019 MPS Calendar (from their website) I calculate the following:

Teachers have 175 student days scheduled (I thought accreditation required 180, but I digress), and 32 non-student days, for a total of 207 working days for the “year.” Other-than-teachers have 260 working days for a “year.”

Starting teachers are already paid $204.73 (plus benefits) per scheduled day, or $25.59/hour. If you only count the student days they are paid $242.17 per student day, or $30.27/hour. Where else can you START at such rates?

Maybe the real problem with our schools is that the teacher’s union (the AFT and NEA are, after all, unions, and ARE the bargainers for the teachers) bargains for both the teachers and the ancillary staff – the custodians, food service workers, secretaries, etc. Why? I suspect because, as I understand it, the law requires all represented to pay representation fees, whether members or not, whether best represented or not. Why else would the teacher’s contract include “vacation days” and specify that the school vacation days on the calendar are “non-contract” days?

The non-teaching staff, with jobs directly comparable in the private sector, should not be used as bolas for the negotiation of further benefits of teachers.

Another question: Is CLC completely separate from the schools? Does it get billed, and pay for, the additional maintenance and utilities, etc., or do we, the taxpayers, pick up that bill too?

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