reply to post by foxhoundone
Wow, it's completely different for teachers in the States.
We have summers off but we don't get paid. We're only paid for the months worked. Since we are salaried, our hours of work vary. Generally speaking,
I spend forty hours a week AT school, and another fifteen or so at home doing lesson plans, grading papers, etc.
We do have insurance, but every year the premiums increase while the benefits decrease. Same as a lot of other jobs, I guess.
Due to the recession, the state froze our salary. We haven't had a cost of living adjustment in over four years. At the same time, the school board
has increased the number of days we work for the year. Those who asked for compensation for the added days were "let go."
School budgets are at record lows, which means our schools can't afford the basics like paper, pencils, crayons, glue, etc. Guess who ends up
buying these materials for our students? It's estimated in my school district that the average teacher will spend from 800-1000 dollars on their
students. Typically elementary teacher's spend more.
Our school performance is sent home to every parent once a year. We call it the school report card. It details how our school compares to others in
our county, district, state, and the nation. It's also available online 24/7.
Parents are given relevant data about the teachers, including educational levels and special honors. Parents can see how individual classes performed,
but these are not listed by teacher. This is twofold; to protect student privacy and to prevent teachers who always teach special education students
from being blacklisted.
Every year the teacher must complete a set amount of continuing education, AND receive positive evaluations from administration. Licenses are renewed
every five years.
Speaking only for NC, tenure means very little. Any teacher can be fired at any time for cause. This includes poor student performance.
Interesting the differences....