To the teachers who do not support the Red4Ed Movement – the teachers who actively engage and complain with members of the community who hate us:
What do you tell children who say they want to be a teacher someday? That the job is awesome, but the pay sucks?
How do you reconcile in your mind that schools are using 20-year-old textbooks? What do you suggest I do when I have 37 students, but a computer cart that holds only 15 laptops, with 8 that work?
What is your solution to this?
A new teacher to our district makes $38,500 (gross).
She decides to opt for maximum take home pay, so let’s say she takes home $2,000/month (net). She wants health insurance (of COURSE) and health insurance for her kids. Here are her options:
HDHP 2500 (Cigna Choice HDHP 2500 Plan)
- Employee Only: $10.00 per month
- Employee with children: $452.54 per month (actually, closer to $800/month because we get 18 paychecks, not 24).
These quotes are for a very high deductible – all the other options are more expensive.
And then there is the requisite retirement 11.5% taken out of each paycheck.
The cost of everything goes up (inflation). And yet, our salaries have been frozen for the past ten years, until this year, when we received a 1% raise. And guess what the Governor was planning on doing? He was going to give us another 1% raise. Gee, so generous!
You say, “Well, I agree with the grievances. It’s just that…I don’t like how it’s happening. We should have walked out just once a week until our needs were met.”
My reply: There is never a good time for a walkout. Never. But if you act like a doormat, you get treated like one.
What will you say when you get a (much) bigger – overdue – raise thanks to the Red4Ed movement? There are teachers out there demanding better for you, for the kids and for our future. Don’t disparage them.