Sign In | Create an Account | Welcome, . My Account | Logout | Subscribe | Submit News | Contact Us | Routes Available | All Access E-Edition | Home RSS
 
 
 

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
 
 
 
 
sort: oldest | newest

Comments

(52)

MarkHighwater

May-24-13 5:31 AM

Lots of perks though ..such as summers off, and lots of 3 and 4 day weekends...two weeks at Christmas...etc.

8 Agrees | 3 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

MarkHighwater

May-24-13 5:37 AM

That's only 7 percent a year...the way property taxes,insurance,utilities and gasoline keeps rising...they are still going in the hole, like the rest of the working poor! ! !

6 Agrees | 7 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

EarlyBird

May-24-13 6:52 AM

I thought they legislated the minimum pay of teachers in the last session? I suppose the ones with so called seniority can't stand the new teachers getting paid more without the same increase across the board. There goes the property tax relief money we have to fight each other over.

7 Agrees | 2 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

animal

May-24-13 9:23 AM

Give them a raise WHEN THEY EARN ONE! They work less than anybody I know and ask for more. The kids coming out of school now can't read, can't write, and god forbid ask them to do math without a computer, they can't add 2 and 2

10 Agrees | 4 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

ChasinND

May-24-13 9:54 AM

These teachers aren't worth sh_t! I asked a junior in high school in Minot the other day. Quess what? She couldn't tell me the time on the clock with hands on it. She had to get her cell phone to tell me. And these "Teachers want more money for their so call hard work." GET REAL!!!

10 Agrees | 6 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

Missy1

May-24-13 10:52 AM

If I was doing it over again, I would only send my children to Private Schools.

6 Agrees | 6 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

LOLMinot

May-24-13 10:55 AM

@chasinND...looking at your spelling and punctuation, I'd say you're in no position to judge teachers

5 Agrees | 6 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

73Hockey

May-24-13 12:37 PM

Going to get flamed here but a lot of "teacher issues" you mention are because of Government constraints and programs. As for telling time on a real clock, where does the parent come in and either correct it or talk to someone about changing the way it is taught?

Now on the other hand, how many "teachers" graduate from MSU every year, knowing exactly what the pay is and how low it is, buttered your bread, now eat it, JMHO.

8 Agrees | 4 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

muleskinner

May-24-13 2:47 PM

I expect to go to work from 10 am to 4 pm, have two hour lunches, have weekends off, six weeks of paid vacation, paid holidays observed in all countries, when it's Canada Day, I get the day off. Of course, double time on Saturdays and double time and a half on Sundays, 30 sick days, a base salary of 500,000 dollars and monthly bonuses of 10,000 dollars, all taxes and insurances paid by my employer.

In total, 620,000 dollars of net pay for a 3 hour work day, call me when you need me work week otherwise don't bother me kind of job.

That's what I expect from my job, but somehow, those are expectations that might not be realized, but I can dream.

There are no free lunches.

6 Agrees | 5 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

disgusted

May-24-13 7:57 PM

LOL, I believe the grammar and spelling prove the point. Teachers are doing a poor job.

2 Agrees | 5 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

KneeAwn

May-25-13 12:54 AM

Kind've find it funny how they want to send first graders home with a ton of homework so that dad and mom who actually work a full week can now do the teacher's job! Teaching isn't a hard job....those saying it is have not worked a tough job. By he way .....bullying in school is a result of teachers not stepping up and putting a stop to it.....#sittin in the teacher's lounge

8 Agrees | 5 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

MarkHighwater

May-25-13 6:05 AM

There seems to be a lot of good old American greed in the past year or so....every utilty from cable,gas,water to electric is inching up there rates to keep ahead of the game....not to mention the government taxing everything in site,and the insurance/financial industry looking to keep their free ride going....for the working poor which now includes many educators, its called "THE SQUEEZE".

4 Agrees | 3 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

LOLMinot

May-25-13 7:10 AM

Making a note for future discussions on MDN...ignorance and stupidity is a valid strategy. Got it.

3 Agrees | 3 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

billldoesntgetit

May-25-13 7:54 AM

I think 14% is a bit too much. However does anyone here feel like spending the day with 15 smart mouthed kids in a room? Not me.

For their patients I give them a 10 on a scale of one to 10. Give me 30 minutes in a room full of 8 year olds and I would be long gone.

There are good teachers and bad teachers. Some only want to teach the smart kids and ignore the not getting it ones.. Others will work very hard to try to bring about a kid who doesn't want to learn.

Like kids they come in all different sizes, shapes and capabilities.

And some have parents who have given their kids manners and others send them to school with no manners at all. Spoiled Brats versus Properly raised.

8 Agrees | 1 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

polidork

May-25-13 11:29 AM

There sure are a lot of angry, heartless people on this board. And it's interesting that the same people that promote individual responsibility vilify teachers because students don't learn enough. As if parents have no role in educating their own children! You hate the state, then want the state to do all your child-rearing for you. You hate the underpaid teachers, even thought the school system is one of the primary modes by which we socialize and prepare our youth for positive adulthood. What we see here on the MDN comments section is a middle class at one another's throats, debating a pittance of a raise for teachers while ignoring larger issues: corporations shirk their tax duties, make record profits, and leave us to fight over the scraps. You people need to cultivate some class consciousness. After all, you're in this mess together.

3 Agrees | 5 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

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.

4 Agrees | 2 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

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?

3 Agrees | 4 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

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?

6 Agrees | 2 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

billldoesntgetit

May-25-13 5:29 PM

polidork 14% is not a pittance.. Seems your math teacher didn't do so well with you.

When you go to college and you select a career are you saying that teachers are too dumb to know what it is they are selecting as a career?

I think not. MANY people become teachers BECAUSE they get the summers off. MANY teachers become teachers because they want to have their evenings off, their weekends off and their holidays off just as their children do. Its a very compatible job for a person who has a family as far as hours and summers off go.

A teacher applies for a job, is offered a contract, and signs on the dotted line. They know full well going in exactly how many days they work, how much they get paid, and how many days they have off.

Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what your contract says.

Like any job...its your choice.. they usually don't come looking for you.. you go looking for the job.

4 Agrees | 3 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

disgusted

May-25-13 6:42 PM

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

2 Agrees | 3 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

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?

3 Agrees | 3 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

billldoesntgetit

May-25-13 11:23 PM

How about we give up just one sports program and keep the kids 45 minutes longer in the classroom getting the education we are expected to pay for?

Taxpayers are on the hook for education. We are not on the hook for sports programs.

Facts will show kids in private schools and home schooled kids have higher grades then those in public school.. Home schools and most private schools don't have extensive/expensive sports programs.

7 Agrees | 3 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

billldoesntgetit

May-25-13 11:25 PM

MinotDad Money does not make your kid smarter. The cost of putting a child in school for the year is going up ..most test scores are staying the same or declining.

We need to fix education and it does not need to be done with MORE MONEY.

4 Agrees | 3 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

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.

4 Agrees | 4 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

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.

4 Agrees | 3 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

Showing 25 of 52 comments Show More Comments
 
 

Post a Comment

You must first login before you can comment.

*Your email address:
*Password:
Remember my email address.
or
 
 

 

I am looking for:
in:
News, Blogs & Events Web