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Comment by once banned twice shy on March 12, 2014 at 9:53am

Susana's veto of pay raises for level two and three teachers and the other education cuts are vengeance for teachers' activism against Skandera's crappy proposed reforms and also vengeance for the Senate's refusal to confirm Skandera.  Very mature, productive way to govern.

Comment by RunLikeADog on March 12, 2014 at 11:01am
According to the article, it appears the money for the raises is still there, it's just not mandatory to give a raise. Is a level 1 teacher an entry level teacher? If so, it was wise to leave that as mandatory as there is significant monetary cost to losing teachers (or any employee for that matter) in their first year of service.
Comment by Phil_0 on March 12, 2014 at 11:32am

Agreed about entry-level teachers, but why make a point of singling out higher-level, experienced teachers - out of all the thousands of state employees given raises - and making their legislatively authorized and approved pay increase "optional"? Experienced teachers are an exceptionally valuable educational resource, and are hardly a dime a dozen - where's the good in a slap in the face like this?

Comment by once banned twice shy on March 12, 2014 at 1:29pm

RLAD:  yes, level 1 teacher is entry level. Which is why Susana's veto of raises for level 2 and 3 teachers is a vengeance move.  You see, entry level teachers are new and haven't yet had the chance to experience the crap that Skandera and Martinez think are fine education reform and protest it.  This is a good time to remind folks that the "reform" is just a transfer of money to education grifter firms who make up the tests, design the curriculum and then sell it to states. 

Plus, isn't there even MORE monetary cost in losing more experienced teachers? 

Comment by RunLikeADog on March 12, 2014 at 6:43pm
Was there political motivation to cut the mandatory raise stipulation. Probably but that happens regardless of which political party has the big chair. As for is it more expensive to lose experienced teachers? Well, latest business research shows that years of experience ain't what it's cracked up to be. As a matter of fact, more and more, tenure is losing its value as more experienced workers are becoming less productive, less adaptable to change, indifferent towards innovation and with their higher salaries, they impact the bottom line. Yes, I know teaching in public schools is not like business, however if you subject it to the same financial requirements, then that's what you get.

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