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Teachers in Minot Public Schools are asking for raises and better benefits by 14.1 percent over the next two years. What do you expect from your job?

  1. About that
  2. Much less
  3. Less
  4. A little bit
  5. None
 
 
 
 
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locomotive

May-30-13 3:45 PM

Let's hear it for the nurses!

:-)

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disgusted

May-30-13 2:14 AM

bill, those are kind words that nurses around the world should hear.

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disgusted

May-28-13 9:21 PM

locomotive, I think the base figure was $32,000 from the legislature.

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disgusted

May-28-13 9:20 PM

amilian states a belief in the teachers deserve more pay, but doesn't know how much they deserve. It would be great if everyone got what they and everyone else believed they deserved. That, however, includes being fired when anyone slacks, performs poorly or abuses the system.

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locomotive

May-28-13 8:25 PM

Why, of course you did, namexxx aka sunshine.

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namexxx

May-28-13 4:40 PM

No, I meant yours, Einstein.

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locomotive

May-28-13 12:41 PM

My friend, a teacher, told me the state's recent legislative session made provision for their district's base pay to rise significantly. Ask your teacher friends if their district benefitted, and if not, why not.

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locomotive

May-28-13 12:38 PM

"They deserve twice the pay just for agreeing to be in enclosed rooms with those addle-brained baby Neanderthals."

You mean your children, namexxx?

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namexxx

May-27-13 9:10 PM

They deserve twice the pay just for agreeing to be in enclosed rooms with those addle-brained baby Neanderthals.

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disgusted

May-27-13 8:20 PM

When people speak of teachers' salaries, they are referring to salary per school year. That is implied when they say $42,0000 a year. How many teachers do you know that make $1.00/year. You are really failing in your arguments.

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polidork

May-27-13 6:30 PM

Disgusted: 1st, 14% is a pittance depending on what it's 14% of (i.e. if it's a dollar, it's 14 cents); the point was that since ND already has the lowest paid teachers in the nation, the raise they're asking for is quite meager.

2nd, AND you and others on this board are stressing that teachers only work 9 months of the year but get paid for 12 so they don't deserve more money. I'm correcting that misconception: teachers get paid for 9 months of work, but they can take that money spread out over the whole year. Certainly you can grasp why such an arrangement is a convenience, not a benefit.

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MinotDad

May-27-13 12:24 AM

We absolutely can afford seven percent each year. There are people in the surrounding area that went from poverty to millions by striking oil. Money is there, but it's the choice of those not to contribute, not the unsupported "can't afford it" claim

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amilian

May-26-13 10:36 PM

I am on a mobile and didnt mean to say 2x i knew how much they get paid.

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amilian

May-26-13 10:34 PM

My son is doing well thanks to all the hard work educators, drs, and myself put into helping him. Its not about him though. They get paid for the hours they work yes. That is not the question though. Its if they deserve more pay. Classrooms for alot of teachers have grown. My son's was 30 kids just last year. So yes in my opinion they deserve more. I've seen how much they get paid and have worked with many who have had to get that second job. Can we afford to give them the 14%, no. But i feel they are under paid. Also i am aware how much they get paid.

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amilian

May-26-13 9:00 PM

Billyoujustdontgetit my autistic son is in a regular classroom. I do think police, fireman, and teacher are heros and deserve more than they are given.

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amilian

May-26-13 12:11 PM

My son is special needs. His teachers have gone above and beyond to help him excel and spend a lot of their time outside the classroom researching and working on plans. People seem to forget they spend personal time and money on their jobs. I think they deserve it and more.

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muleskinner

May-26-13 8:14 AM

There are 60,000 workers needed in the oil patch in North Dakota and all of those jobs pay more than what teachers can earn.

Maybe if those in the teaching profession would seek an oil patch job, they wouldn't have to beg taxpayers for more.

Get a job elsewhere if you want more money. That is how the marketplace works. Join the real world and learn a thing or two about a thing or two.

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LOLMinot

May-26-13 1:14 AM

@Minotdad- bud light is about quantity, not quality. It's the best selling beer in the world and has the highest margin. Source- I brew beer. Agree with you regarding return on investment, just not the bud light metaphor. Also agree with laughing at financial priorities of this State. The world is changing around ND, and ND isn't going to change with it. I'm undecided how I feel about that.

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sunup00

May-26-13 12:51 AM

I like how teachers get ripped apart for all children's issues. Do I agree with teachers getting a 14 percent raise in 2 years NO no one else does. All I'm saying is if things need to be changed its not going to happen here. Blame congress teachers teach curriculum they don't write it.

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MinotDad

May-25-13 11:48 PM

Bill-

Do you buy quality Bud Light or are you satisfied with Old Milwaukee? In order to fix anything, it always involves money. Menards can teach you that lesson in just one visit.

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MinotDad

May-25-13 10:21 PM

This board needs to approach the situation as the employer, since it is our collective money paying their salary. Many on this board are complaining about the quality of local education. So, what do we do to fix it? What is more important? A few extra dollars in our pocket or attracting prospective quality teachers and rewarding longevity? How important is education? Trucks with aftermarket accessories and lift kits seem to be pretty important around here, as seen by consumer choice. So consumer, are you ready to give up one accessory and help your kid get the best education they deserve?

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disgusted

May-25-13 6:42 PM

well said, billdoesntgetit. No one in this country is forced into any certain job or profession.

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disgusted

May-25-13 2:15 PM

They work 9 months, but chose to get paid over 12. AND? When I was a teacher, I never thought about what other jobs paid. I took the job, therefore, I accepted what came with it. I figured that if I wanted a different salary, I would work to get that particular job. It did not occur to me to demand more in any particular job I held. Hospital staff in Minot never get a 7% raise, much less 14%. And, yes, if they can't live on the salary they are paid, then they get a second job. What is the big deal?

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polidork

May-25-13 1:11 PM

Disgusted: it depends on what it's 14% of. Given how much ND teachers make, it sure seems like a pittance to me. When you were a teacher, was income inequality at the point where it is today?

Many of you harp on the 'summers off' thing. Do you know that teachers only get paid for 9 months, but they can choose to take that salary over the entire year? What exactly do you people propose teachers do during their summers off? Get one of those many, summer-only jobs that so many businesses are trying to fill?

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disgusted

May-25-13 12:35 PM

14% is no pittance. I was a teacher before I was a nurse. Teaching is NOT year round work. I remember in 69 after the 6 weeks of flooding, the Minot teachers went on strike. Those involved were forever banned from teaching in Minot. I realize that teachers are forced to participate in many federal mandates. The first three grades should be building the foundation in reading, writing and 'ritmatic upon which the following teachers expound the knowledge and competence of each student. Without the foundation, all is lost.

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