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Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:20 am, Sat May 19, 2012.

At $58,052, a 10-year teacher in one of San Joaquin County’s smallest school districts, Oak View, earns more than a 10-year teacher in Elk Grove, which is among the state’s largest districts. That current annual salary is $57,878.

But with a $66,909 salary, a 10-year Galt Joint Union High School District teacher earns more than either one.

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18 comments:

  • Mike Adams posted at 9:37 am on Mon, May 21, 2012.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1443

    Darrell, go here:
    http://www.carlsbadusd.k12.ca.us/guidelines.html

    If you want the low down on who has to pay for what. You'll see some of the regs are quite old.

    Any reason you picked Missouri instead of some other state?

     
  • Christina Welch posted at 9:31 am on Mon, May 21, 2012.

    Lodi 1970 Posts: 85

    Just a point of clarification...
    The comment I made about public education not being an entitlement was posted in response to Mr Baumbach's comment about Democrats being responsible for all the federal entitlements we now have. This was in response to a letter to the editor, not this article. In my post, I was simply correcting Mr Baumbach's error and was referring solely to federal spending issues, i.e mandatory (entitlements) vs discretionary spending. In terms of federal spending, education is not an entitlement program; Social Security is. I do not appreciate my comments being taken out of context, and I hope now my point is clear.

    And, Ms Bobin--REALLY?!? It's getting kinda old...


     
  • Mike Adams posted at 7:50 am on Mon, May 21, 2012.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1443

    "And, have they been doing the job of educating the children in aspects that keep us free and sovereign? How many high school students do you know who have barely more than the most basic understanding of governmental civics? Do we really want to continue to allow the state to have the authority to govern education?"

    Darrell, if I may borrow a line from the weasel, you know I wasn't talking about shoes and socks, unless you are referring to band uniforms/athletic uniforms required for participation in extra-curricular activities. Just because the school may be required to furnish them, as I said, it doesn't mean many parents have taken advantage of that. There was a case in the Sacramento area just in the last 5 years or so regarding this very issue. A parent objected to being required to pay for some sort of uniform, I don't remember if it was band or cheerleading, but after only a very brief term of discussion, the school district recapitulated and paid for the student's uniform.

    If you are a K-12 student in CA, you don't have to buy books, supply paper or pencils, pay for school district sponsored tutoring...., really nothing. You are expected to buy your own clothes obviously, and I was only referring to having to buy individual students in need coats, shoes, etc. out of my own money. JK was opining on a similar issue recentlly and really demonstrated he has no idea what kind of shape even some Lodi kids experience financially. I"ve seen kids with shoe where the sole was just barely hanging on. I had a student a long time ago who, and I'm not making this up, wore the same clothes everyday to school. When it rained, no overcoat. When it was cold, no coat for warmth. Very nice student. Very good student. Very sad. Her parent(s) were not up to the job and I think she bounced around for place to place. There are students like this in Lodi. We just don't notice them.

    I'll get back to the constitution stuff in a minute.

     
  • John Kindseth posted at 8:32 pm on Sun, May 20, 2012.

    John Kindseth Posts: 245

    When you hear the words "It's for the Children....."

    Decide how the children will benefit, then make your decision.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:57 pm on Sun, May 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    CA constitution. It says no student will be required to pay for anything K-12.


    Sounds like a conclusion you drew from what you read. For example, I doubt that the constitution states it will pay for student's shoes and socks... when you said "anything"... it leaves to the imagination what anything means.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:17 pm on Sun, May 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mike stated...HHmmmmm.... Darrell thinks it's important that high school students should know their government and it's operations,

    I am curious Mike...Can you post what I stated that would lead you to conclude I think what you posted above... I do not recall ever stating what you said.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:57 am on Sun, May 20, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Excellent comments, Mr. Adams.

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 11:40 am on Sun, May 20, 2012.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1443

    HHmmmmm.... Darrell thinks it's important that high school students should know their government and it's operations, yet in another letter today, the author miss states the amount of compensation given yearly as $200,000 (Its' $400,000). A technicality perhaps, but still wrong.

    A poster here some time ago tried to list the qualifications for being elected president. The poster listed two (being 35 years old/being a citizen) and left off having to live IN the USA for the all of the previous 14 years. When called on it, the poster suggested he was listing only the "major" qualifications. So the Constitution now has "major" and "minor" parts? (For the record, I don't think it was Darrell, but a poster who is always "right" and likes to blame everyone for what ever happens to them)

    Although Darrell did question whether or not public education is an entitlement and posted a portion of the Missouri Constitution stating that it was. Darrell, you should check the CA constitution. It says no student will be required to pay for anything K-12. Really. It's in there. I don't recall the exact passage, but it's there. That means they don't even have to buy pencils or paper. We also can't charge them for participation in sports or any other activity. We do, but almost no one has called any district on it.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:30 am on Sun, May 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin, was there something concerning the content of the post that appears confusing for you? Im always enthusiastic about helping people like yourself who some how look bewildered.

    Ms Welch made a statement and I responded to clarify why I referred to education as an entitlement. There were many articles to select from. I liked the one I posted. If you have information that clarifies the point better, please post it as truth and accuracy is more important who gave the best answer.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:58 am on Sun, May 20, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Congrats, Mr. Baumbach. You are doing so well with that new tool you are using - Google.

    Just type in "is public education an entitlement" and up comes the first reference - Mr. Baumbach's definitive "Missouri Constitution" article.

    And so cute - he actually responds to his alter ego, Christina Welch!

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:10 am on Sun, May 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Christina Welch posted at 12:08 pm on Fri, May 18, 201… K-12 public education are not entitlements.

    Christina, you may be technically correct, but in my view I see it as an entitlement. Let me explain where I am coming from by the following…

    http://www.24thstate.com/2011/04/when-did-education-become-an-entitlement.html

    The Missouri Constitution states:
    A general diffusion of knowledge and intelligence being essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of the people, the general assembly shall establish and maintain free public schools for the gratuitous instruction of all persons in this state within ages not in excess of twenty-one years as prescribed by law
    So, there you have it. The Missouri Constitution mandates the entitlement, and while it is pretty hard to argue with the logic that knowledge and intelligence are essential in maintaining an informed and free electorate, is it really the responsibility of the state to educate our children? And, have they been doing the job of educating the children in aspects that keep us free and sovereign? How many high school students do you know who have barely more than the most basic understanding of governmental civics? Do we really want to continue to allow the state to have the authority to govern education?
    Perhaps the answer to the question is that education became an entitlement program when it was evident that there was so much money to be had by tapping into the endless source of government funding (tax dollars) and our children have, subsequently, become commodities or human capital instead of children who need an education in order to lead us into the future.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:46 am on Sun, May 20, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Wendy stated...Merit pay versus automatic pay.

    Exactly,if their is merit in pay, then quality of work is rewarded economically. simple... all teachers are not created equally, except in the mind of the union.

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 8:01 am on Sun, May 20, 2012.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1443

    Maybe somewhere else in CA, but I doubt local teachers have seen any raise in the last couple of years. LUSD teachers took a cut and pay has remained otherwise flat. SUSD teachers have taken a cut and pay has remained otherwise flat. Other local districts are most likely in the same boat.

    Compare that with other important government type jobs: Fireman continue to be paid more that teachers. Police continue to be paid more than teachers. Correctional officers continue to get paid more than teachers. Add in overtime and even a low level deputy, police officer, firefighter, correctional officer are doing far better than any teacher in the county. Plus teachers have little opportunity for overtime. I'm not knocking law enforcement, firefighters, or prison guards. The deal they got is the deal they got. More power to 'em.

    And their pension packages are tremendous. I would have loved to be in CalPERS rather than STRS. Again, the deal they got had to be approved by someone who was elected. If you want to complain about compensation, complain to the boards who made the deals.

    Teachers get paid well, but we are no longer on an equal basis with any other group except state employees who have seen their salaries cut in recent years. Is this the route you want to take? Do you want your kids in a school district known for low teacher salaries? What kind of , who are you going to attract?

    What law enforcement officers buy better equipment than they are issued? How many buy they're own bullets or vests (with trauma plates)? Teachers annually provide the majority of fiscal support for their classrooms. Do correctional officers go to OSH to buy paint to touch up their part of the prison? Do firefighters buy and or replenish their air tanks at their own expense?

    Maybe those who complain about teacher salaries should pop into STAPLES and buy a couple of cases of paper because the school is out of it. Or pencils. Or erasers. Or maybe a lap top you can take to and from work and keep your grades or other important information on? Or buy slides and preserved materials for a science class. Maybe some live protists (minimum order $25 plus S/H)? How about binder paper because you know there are some kids whose resources are so low that the only way they get materials for school is from their teacher. Maybe you could outfit a student or two with new shoes because literally, theirs are held together with duct tape? How 'bout a coat in the winter? What about the family that has been kicked out of their apartment or house because a new landlord bought it and are now sleeping in their car or some sleezy motel on Wilson Way?

    I'm not seeing a lot of hands going up. Come on.....who's going to be the first?

     
  • wendy coe posted at 7:17 am on Sun, May 20, 2012.

    wendy coe Posts: 39

    If LUSD teachers had not voted to shorten the school year 2 years ago and taken over a 10% pay cut, they would have remained on the top. The incentive helped the district to retire many of the teachers at the top. Teachers work hard and deserve good pay. Yes, there is always some that won't do a good job, but that is up to the supervisors to rid the district of the non-performing teacher. Unionizing the explanation of over paid is not the problem. It was the unionized group that negotiated the pay. It is a fact or how the system works, today. I think that is part of the debate on how to handle teacher pay in the future. Merit pay versus automatic pay. Gee, would you want you child in the low pay teacher's class due to their performance?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:00 pm on Sat, May 19, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin... the person who wrote the article was surprised....I was not.

    Please read and think one second before your fingers type as if they had a mind of their own.

    Not all teachers deserve every penny ...the good teachers are underpaid and the bad teachers are way over paid thanks to the union.
    has
    There are many other occupations that require college education and work hard as well but the ecomony has reduced their incomes... teachers should not be treated better than others...

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 5:50 pm on Sat, May 19, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Considering that teachers in California must complete rigorous educational requirements - a BA consisting of requirements mandated by the State of California, General Education, requirements for the major, plus at least 12 units in their concentration such as Special Ed, English, or whatever, plus must apply and be accepted to the Teacher Credential program for a 5th year of postgraduate core education courses including the completion of 6 months as an unpaid student teacher, teachers for the most part deserve every penney they earn. Starting salaries in LUSD begin at 35K.

    Imagine graduating after a minimum of 5 years, no doubt carrying student loans, and your best bet is 35K a year plus benefits, and the prospect that you can be dismissed on a whim during the first three years on the job.

    Compare this with a prison guard - or as they prefer to be called, "correctional officer," making 70K-90K with a high school diploma.

    Then complain about "unions," Mr. Baumbach.

     
  • Sunny Samuels posted at 9:55 am on Sat, May 19, 2012.

    Sunny Samuels Posts: 61

    Leave Oak View Teachers alone! That's my kids' school. K-12, 420 students and an API score of 859. They deserve their pay. Teachers should get good pay, they lay the foundation for children and their education . I never have understood justifying lower teacher pay. Bad teachers need to be gone. Good teachers and schools with great scores should be paid what they are worth.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:14 am on Sat, May 19, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    While pay and benefits vary widely, there is one somewhat surprising trend: Despite the state’s economic doldrums, teacher pay is generally on the rise.

    Surprised? Why surprised? The state mandates over 50% of all taxes go to the education system. In addition, the teacher's unions are oblivious to economic conditions and demand increases when the economy clearly dictates decreases are in order...

    Surprised? Only at the people who are surprised.

     
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