Get the facts on SB5FactsCollective bargaining has not caused Ohio's deficit. Budget deficits for states without collective bargaining are actually higher on average. Before collective bargaining there were an average of 60 strikes per year in Ohio for public workers. (Policy matters ohio)
FactsIf every public employee in the state were laid off it would not come close to balencing the budget. Payroll makes up about 9%.
Myth "Salaries and benefits paid to public employees are way out of line compared to private sector workers"
FactsIncluding salary and benefits public employees make 6.8% less on average than their private sector counterparts. (Ecomonic Policy Institute)
Myth "Teachers Work only 9 months a year and have summers off" "Teachers are lazy"
RealityTeachers contracts are typically 8 hours a day for about 9.5 months, while in reality the workload for a teacher requires a couple of hours each night and many hours on weekends. During the school year teachers work an average of 52 hours per week which equates to 11-12 weeks of extra work per year. In many instances summer is an opportunity for training sessions, graduate work, developing curriculum, or recharging and spending time neglected during the school year with their families.
Myth "We should pay teachers based on Merit because teachers will work harder and perform better."
RealityThe vast majority of teachers work extremely hard and dedicate their lives to helping youth. Merit pay systems have been tried and in several cities and have shown no increase in student achievment.(National Education Policy Center) We have good dedicated teachers. Poverty areas struggle with test scores the most due to attendance and home issues. When comparing to other countries look closely at what you are comparing. Do they test each and every kid? Are some kids considered school kids where as others are not cut out for school. Know all the facts! Ohio continues to be a state with good schools while states without collective bargaining are the lowest performing schools in the state and look to Ohio each year to recruit teachers. Public Schools outperform Charter Schools by 37%. 1 in every 2 charter school fails. 3 out of 4 Public schools are rated excellent or effective while 1 out of 6 charter schools are rated excellent of effective.
Teachers earn their money and are not paid enough. I'm not so sure about the life of luxury that is being portrayed on these forums. Look at the real facts. Those who think they know what teaching is because you went to school have no idea what the reality is. I wish you could teach to see what it is all about and you might have a better understanding of the lifesyle fo a teacher.
May 24, 2011 at 5:34 p.m.
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