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Old 11-05-2011, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Public school funding here is around $8,000/child.
Even that is low. Our for FY 2011 is $12,597 and that's one of the lower figures for the area. Alexandria City is just under $17k and Arlington County is just over.
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Whoville....
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Eliminate government (public) schools. Let the free market drive teacher salaries.
As soon as you do that busing problems, gay/straight problems, religion problems, political problems, creationism/evolution problems, history interpretation problems, and racial problems disappear. Private schools are cheaper in $/year per kid. Politicians are currently the school board and there will be no politicians driving curriculum with private schools.
The only private schools I know of that are cheaper are schools that are tied to a church. Their teachers work for less because they consider their work a religious calling. Private schools that are not tied to a church are not cheaper here. I can think of two, off hand. One charges $12K/year and the other $18K/year and you supply books and a lap top for your child. I also know that their teachers are paid more and given more prep hours in their day. I have a friend who teaches at the more expensive school. She teaches 4 classes and has two prep hours (one prep hour per class type she teaches). She makes more than me but she is required to coach two after school activities. She does track and cross country. AND, her class sizes are capped at 15 students AND she has a TA. I teach six classes (two types) and my class sizes are capped at 26 students, I don't have a TA but I do have a co teacher in my special ed class, which has 24 students. Sign me up for education going private.... I can handle more money, more prep time and fewer students even with the requirement to coach after school sports....of course I'll have to find a sport I know something about.... I wonder if they'd accept First Robotics and science olympiad?
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:58 PM
 
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The median salary at our district is $69,965. 50% of teachers are making more than that. I'd say that's very fair.
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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The median's under half that in the public schools where I am.
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:04 PM
 
Location: North
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I also think you need to compare wages for comparable educations. I'm worth every bit of $90K with excellent benefits and a strong retirement package in the open market.
Are your qualifications necessary for your job?
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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I went to a private school, it was tied to the catholic church but it cost less then public schools. Granted it wasn't that nice, building/facility wise.

Sent from my autocorrect butchering device.
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Question is... If we pay teachers more, will all the current teachers perform better?

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Old 11-05-2011, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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The median salary at our district is $69,965. 50% of teachers are making more than that. I'd say that's very fair.
It may be. Just to get an idea on cost of living, what is the median home price?
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I wonder if they'd accept First Robotics and science olympiad?
FLL? Right on. I help coach my two kids' teams in Huntsville, AL.
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Old 11-05-2011, 09:26 PM
 
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It may be. Just to get an idea on cost of living, what is the median home price?
http://www.city-data.com/township/We...Mercer-NJ.html

Most teachers live in surrounding cheaper towns.
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