OK, here I go again jumping into that issue I supposedly know nothing about-- education. At least certain granola eaters would claim that. Oops, two years as second Vice President of the OMHS PTSA. Guess I do know about education. Put that on your kashi or whatever that stuff's called. And I will be endorsing Board of Education candidates. And they will win. All while eating my scrapple and eggs!
But I digress. This week the members of HCEA are working to rule, at the Oakland Mills cluster and at schools around the county. Perhaps one near you! Here's a story about it.
I am happy to see that teachers are getting a five percent raise. They deserve it. That should make some people who cut their hair with cereal bowls happy. But as I said in previous posts, this thing was for the HCEA and the county to negotiate. Not for me or anyone not directly involved to decide if teachers deserve 0.5, 2.3, 4.4, or 27.8 percent raises.
I don't agree with the multi-year deal that the HCEA is seeking. No one gets that in any field of endeavor anywhere. And someone better check the math in the article, because 13 hours a day times 5 days a week is more than 60.
What would I support? I thought you'd never ask!
I support teachers' salaries being determined exactly like other public employees' salaries are determined. Same thing goes for the cost of benefits.
I support teachers getting full credit for the time and money they spend out of pocket and out of life for what they do. That's fair. I admit to not being fully knowledgeable in what they do get, but compensatory time, overtime, reimbursement for mileage and expenses-- all ought to be on the table for discussion.
I believe that HCEA putting supplying training for teachers is a good step. Would love to learn more.
I think that kind of covers it all.
Happy May Day! And happy 1500th blog post to the zesty topicality. You're reading it!
Let's be careful out there.