Al's Rantings

A view of the world from a hillbilly perspective.

Location: Virginia

I was born and went to school in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, in southern West Virginia. After graduating from college, I got married, and began working in Bristol, TN. I have have various jobs from Tennessee to up state New York and a few points between. Now I work in West Virginia. Some day, I want to live in Alaska.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Teachers and Money

Well, here is another editorial, by the vice president of the Bedford County Education Association, complaining about teachers salaries. It seems the starting salary in Bedford is the lowest of the 12 county area. Finally, the author says "As in any occupation, you can't expect to compete for the best employee if you don't have a competitive salary."

Teaching is not like any occupation. The teachers union wants pay raises with no expectations of improvements. In industry, raises for professionals are linked to accomplishments the past year. The teachers union wants raises because the other local teachers make more money. The truth of the matter is that in any comparison, someone has to be last. Some school system will pay the lowest. This allows those below the average to always ask for money to reach the average.

I believe teachers have a hard job and I appreciate them for their work. But, I have yet to see data that links high achieving schools with highly paid teachers.


Blogger Nick said...

Teachers unions are a crock. More than half of the females in my family (mom, grandmaw, aunts) are/were teachers, and not a single one of them ever joined or followed a union. Those union leaders sit up there as lobbiests making 80-100k/yr. themselves, yet still take member dues from the "underpaid and struggling" teachers they are supposed to represent.

Also, like you said, they want raises with NO stipulations. They want to force the government to make a budget for teacher raises, yet, also make it so that it is impossible to fire an incompetent teacher.

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