Straight after President Bush's last 'State Of The Union' speech, Nevada's Governor Gibbon, gave his 'State Of The State' report.
To put it mildly, Nevada's state is rather rocky. Not quite as bad as our neighbour, California, but the budget is facing a big shortfall.
One of the *bright* ideas our Gov had, to address this, was a 6% pay cut to all State employees, including teachers.
Not sure what cereal box he discovered that brainwave in or even what he was smoking when he conceived it, but it has been received with the same sort of enthusiasm that one feels when discovering that you just stepped in a pile of dog poo !!
As I have mentioned before, I volunteer, in the classroom, at one of my local schools. In fact, I spend a good part of my week there, so I have got to know the teachers and what they do, very well.
Many of them arrive at school around 7am and leave after 5pm on an average working day. When they have Parent/Teacher conferences,etc, the hours can be even longer.
They work through their lunch hours and take work home with them to grade,etc.
They spend their own money on classroom and teaching supplies. The average, when I inquired recently, seems to be around $1000 a year. Some, spend much more, especially if they teach at one of the poorer schools.
They volunteer their time after school and at weekends, for extracurricular activities, such as sports, bands and so on.
They deal, on a daily basis, with problem kids and parents who can be less than pleasant.
In the school that I work at, there is a high percentage of kids who are ESL. So the teachers have the added stress, of trying to balance educating their pupils while trying to teach them how to speak, read and write English.
They also are expected to continue their own education at their own expense.
There are numerous other things, that I have left off my list ... stuff that they do, while installing in our kids, the knowledge they need to face the future.
And for all this, they are expected to take a 6% wage cut ????
Governor Gibbons, I think not !!!
What is the State of your State??
Is the budget calling for pay cuts and other measures??
13 hours ago