Today, Hazel Park was inducted into the National Socialist Party Hall of Fame. Ceremony led by Superintendent Hitler and his cronies: the Third Reich School Board.
Teachers fucked. Their families fucked.
Good old Hazel Park.
Not just cutting salaries but fiddling around with their insurance benefits. One of the once-upon-a-time alluring beauties of teaching…the benefits. HA! While the Superintendents are sitting fat in their offices, twiddling their thumbs and picking their teeth with toothpicks made from shredded insurance cards, extricating pieces of meat left over from their “lunch meetings” where big decisions were made.
No votes. No nothing. They decided that further negotiations were not necessary and their National Social Regime Board concurred. All hail democracy!!!
CUT. 3% from the State of Michigan and 2% from Hazel Park. PLUS…now…we have to pay for part of our insurance.
$800/month in total (at least) EIGHT. HUNDRED. DOLLARS.
We have 5 children, braces, clothes, food, and a mortgage. WTF are we supposed to do? Yes, I’m working. As much as I can, picking up various jobs.
This was IMPOSED. These men and women who went to college to dedicate their lives to educating our children… What a wonderful way to repay them for all of their hard work and devotion.
Screwed. With a chainsaw.
The teaching staff? They can’t be very happy about this. I guarantee there was no cheerleading section made up of teachers with pom poms, kicking, cartwheeling and rah-rahing. I’m certain that they were shocked that the negotiations were ceased due to the simple-minded National Social Regime Board. Oh how challenging it must be to do the puppeteers bidding…
The teachers that showed up to this Socialist school board meeting and were told what fate was being forced upon them. They had to go home to their spouses and families and figure out how they were going to survive from here on out.
One of the Superintendents decided to be a martyr (so we’ll call him Stephen, the first Christian martyr), stoically offered to be the lowest paid of his profession as he gave up the same 5% as the teachers. A halo is waiting for him in heaven. Gag.
Coincidentally, democracy was out in full force at a neighboring district. Teachers were issued raises. Wha???
Sadly, the Hazel Park district will soon witness what it means to “get what you pay for” when staff morale is next to nil. The students will be affected. Inevitably, our country will be affected.
Another Suburban Mom says
Now I do municipal HR and I can’t even as much as change a single word on the Long Term Disability plan without negotiating the impact, so how can the superintendent just slash the insurance?
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themommytsunami (angel) says
holy crap. I sure am glad i left that profession. and how sad is that, that I am glad that I left the profession for which i spent four years at NU studying…for which I received a Master’s degree (which cost a pretty penny, might I add). because it seems in the end that the system, the American system, is so screwed that what it calls it’s “great equalizer,” it will not offer, in an equal way, to all of it inhabitants (and yes, I am purposely using the term inhabitants instead of citizens). Ahhhh. Democrazy is more like it.
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That is total bullshit. This is why our kids are stupid and why teachers don’t give a damn. They aren’t valued and are sorely underpaid. Fucking ludicrous. I’m sorry your husband and kids (and you, natch) are having to deal with this. Is it time to move to a new city or state where teachers are paid more?
Michele - The Professional Family Manager says
I have a master’s degree in English. I used to teach. People ask me why I don’t…after all, I have a degree, so why would I waste it by being home and homeschooling my children?
The bottom line is, there’s no money in teaching. I care about my students, but I can’t give up a salary because they need a good teacher. I’m not rich and cannot be altruistic that way. I actually make as much doing freelance work part-time as I did when I taught.
Fortunately, our district has a fantastic superintendent and a pretty decent school board. They’re tying to make things work here. But, sadly, there are still some “old dogs” around that make it bad. And the salaries and benefits are still non-existent.
It’s outrageous what your district is doing…but not really surprising.
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And all the teachers leave for another district. So wrong.
They have cut budgets here so much that some schools had toilet paper on the school supply list. I mean come on. Of all the things you can cut in the state budget schools should be the last.
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Good ol’ HazelTucky once again proves that it deserves it nasty nickname…as a former teacher my heart aches for your husband who chose the profession and for you and the kids who love and depend on him. When is this world going to “right itself”…illiterate ball players making millions and dedicated teachers needing second jobs.
Feeling your pain and wishing you all the best…
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Well down here, to compensate for cut budgets, we’ve all received $110 bills PER CHILD from the PTA. It’s due oct. 1 but we can pay part now if we want and more if we want. Glad we only have one.
We were told it’s in lieu of a fundraiser, yes would be rough for the kids to have to do a fun run or something- let’s just hand it to them.
Cause a vast sense of entitlement and not wanting to work for things is working out well for our country.
We had lots of teachers laid off and it’s not for that. It’s for copy paper, which we already send in with supplies, computers, plays,etc.
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