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John, I will give you a touche' on the definition of tenure. I was simply stating that teachers no longer have the guarantee of a contract from year to year.
However, after deductions, a teacher's pay is very modest and most teachers I know personally cannot make their monthly bills and in many cases their children are on Peachcare due to furlough days and other cuts. Combine that with having to pay out of pocket for classroom needs and the fact that many more than eight hours are worked during those 184 days may help you understand what I am talking about. I know teachers who pay in excess of $800 per month for student loan payments. I was not being judgemental, merely honest.
Teachers in Newton do not get tenure nor do they get merit pay. They get paid very modest amounts and considering how much money comes out of their pockets for their classrooms and health insurance it is just pitiful that people who do not work in the field can criticize. They do not earn higher degrees for the pay increase as the amount of the tuition is more than they would ever recover from the pay raise. Most teachers would agree that they now bring home less money with higher degrees than they did with a bachelor degree. Don't believe me? Do the research yourself.
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