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Old 10-04-2009, 06:22 PM
 
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Making sure I understand correctly: the teachers who are making $75K are making that for 182 days and can opt to take a weekly check each week of the year ($75K/52), or paychecks only during the school year?
each district is different, but most cut checks every 2 weeks or on the 15th and 30th of the month (September - June)...

you can typically opt for 20 checks (larger amounts) or opt for more checks, and if you do that then you get a lump sum at the end of June (for those who cant manage to save their own summer money throughout the year I suppose).
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Old 10-04-2009, 06:22 PM
 
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I don't know if teachers still do this, but in my day

I bought my own paper clips, staplers, pens, markers, push pins,pencils,crayns, staples, pencils, erasers, lesson plan books, attendance book, record of grades book, manilla folders, envelopes,little plastic containers to hold the pushpins, staples, etc.

When I sent a note home or had a monitor bring a note to another teacher, it was written on paper that I bought

Over time, I collected and bought 200 storybooks to read in class and let the kids borrow

The posters hanging on the walls came out of my pocket or I made them from materials that I bought. I had a calendar, weather chart, etc.

Bought my own octag to make charts. Bought my own decorations to put on the classroom door

Spent my own money on the bulletin board which had to be changed every month Bought cut out letters and border each year

Just before winter break, I gave each student a holiday gift. One year it was a pencil set with each student's name printed individually on the pencil. Another year I gave out piggybanks, also with each students name on it. I gave out another gift to the students at the end of the year too. All purchased from my own money.

Every Valentines' Day, I bought those little Valentines Cards and attached a piece of candy. Yes we celebrated Valentines' Day in that school and we were allowed to give out certain types of candy.

I spent a small fortune on stickers to put on the students' work

I spent a large fortune on idea books and activity books. I also subscribed to educational journals There is no reimbursement for this.

Some of my colleagues would buy small items that they would put in a "treasure chest." After accumulating a certain number of "passes or some teacher made currency" through good work or behavior, they could exchange that for one of those items. I never did this.

Some the materials used for art projects came out of my pocket.

We made pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving, etc. all of the food was purchased from my own money. I would bring in the pots and pans from home.

When I taught the little ones, I made figures out of felt for the felt board, puppets, hats, etc. all from supplies that I paid for on my own.

Purchased children's tapes and CDs which I played on a boombox that I brought from home during various activites. All out of pocket expenses.

The kids were supposed to bring in a box of tissues for the class, but some would "forget." I ended up bringing in plenty of my own boxes of tissues for the class, as well as sani wet-wipes.

One year, at a private school, I bought erasers and chalk for the entire year fromy own money. I also bought all of the paper used by the students because the school would not provide that. I also bought workbooks to go with their language arts books because again the school would not provide any materials other than a reading text and a math text for the entire school year. OK, this was a really bad school.

Never, ever got a supply allowance

When I worked in offices, they gave me pens, paper, paper clips, envelopes, etc. to use. I didn't have to bring in tissues or wipes for everyone else's use.
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:30 PM
 
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I don't know if teachers still do this, but in my day

I bought my own paper clips, staplers, pens, markers, push pins,pencils,crayns, staples, pencils, erasers, lesson plan books, attendance book, record of grades book, manilla folders, envelopes,little plastic containers to hold the pushpins, staples, etc.

When I sent a note home or had a monitor bring a note to another teacher, it was written on paper that I bought

Over time, I collected and bought 200 storybooks to read in class and let the kids borrow

The posters hanging on the walls came out of my pocket or I made them from materials that I bought. I had a calendar, weather chart, etc.

Bought my own octag to make charts. Bought my own decorations to put on the classroom door

Spent my own money on the bulletin board which had to be changed every month Bought cut out letters and border each year

Just before winter break, I gave each student a holiday gift. One year it was a pencil set with each student's name printed individually on the pencil. Another year I gave out piggybanks, also with each students name on it. I gave out another gift to the students at the end of the year too. All purchased from my own money.

Every Valentines' Day, I bought those little Valentines Cards and attached a piece of candy. Yes we celebrated Valentines' Day in that school and we were allowed to give out certain types of candy.

I spent a small fortune on stickers to put on the students' work

I spent a large fortune on idea books and activity books. I also subscribed to educational journals There is no reimbursement for this.

Some of my colleagues would buy small items that they would put in a "treasure chest." After accumulating a certain number of "passes or some teacher made currency" through good work or behavior, they could exchange that for one of those items. I never did this.

Some the materials used for art projects came out of my pocket.

We made pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving, etc. all of the food was purchased from my own money. I would bring in the pots and pans from home.

When I taught the little ones, I made figures out of felt for the felt board, puppets, hats, etc. all from supplies that I paid for on my own.

Purchased children's tapes and CDs which I played on a boombox that I brought from home during various activites. All out of pocket expenses.

The kids were supposed to bring in a box of tissues for the class, but some would "forget." I ended up bringing in plenty of my own boxes of tissues for the class, as well as sani wet-wipes.

One year, at a private school, I bought erasers and chalk for the entire year fromy own money. I also bought all of the paper used by the students because the school would not provide that. I also bought workbooks to go with their language arts books because again the school would not provide any materials other than a reading text and a math text for the entire school year. OK, this was a really bad school.

Never, ever got a supply allowance

When I worked in offices, they gave me pens, paper, paper clips, envelopes, etc. to use. I didn't have to bring in tissues or wipes for everyone else's use.
No office I have ever worked in has supplied things for me. I get it all on my own as well.
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Long Island, New York
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GHI makes you pay some copays, but I have HIP, which has no copays.
uhm, I have HIP, and its is a copay of $10 right there at the HIP center in hicksville,, also a $10 copay at any regular doctor, $20 for specialists. also a copay for perscriptions not gotten at the hip pharmacy (ie CVS, walgreens)
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:58 PM
 
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There's no standard copay for any insurance company - it all depends on the specifics drawn up between the employer and the insurer. You can have a lower copay and a higher premium, or vice versa.

Long Island unions don't post their benefit schedules, but here's the UFT's medical plan comparison, with individual and family premium costs:

Comparison of Health Plans for Employees - United Federation of Teachers (http://www.uft.org/member/benefits/healthplan_compare/ - broken link)

They do have a lot of HMOs to choose from, and that HIP Prime plan is a great deal if you like the doctors you get on HIP--but premiums for some of those plans are outrageous and out of network coverage is very limited.
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:42 AM
 
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uhm, I have HIP, and its is a copay of $10 right there at the HIP center in hicksville,, also a $10 copay at any regular doctor, $20 for specialists. also a copay for perscriptions not gotten at the hip pharmacy (ie CVS, walgreens)
Methinks Rachael84 is lying...I have never heard of free healthcare anywhere in the US
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:03 AM
 
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Methinks Rachael84 is lying...I have never heard of free healthcare anywhere in the US
This is all off-topic. Regarding healthcare....there is absolutely no such thing as FREE healthcare. I oversee a significant corporate benefits program in the private sector and at one point worked in education. What everyone is debating is how much they "pay" into it. It is all about what was negotiated with the healthcare organizaton. Union members may not ostensibly pay anything "out of pocket" but they do pay union dues...which help to contribute to the cost of healthcare premiums for their members...employees in the private sector might have a lower co-pay than somebody in a steamfitters union but have a larger monthly premium taken out of their paycheck...another employee might have no co-pay in the private sector and pay 40 bucks a month for coverage but have chosen a high deductible plan (think $5000 deductible) which many healthy twenty-somethings will choose because their assumption is they never go to the doctor. And if you truly think their are some folks in police unions or state/local government or education who pay "nothing" for healthcare, let me remind you of a little thing called taxes. In fact the only organization I can safely assume based on some relatives experience that you seemingly pay "nothing" for healthcare is....drum roll....people who work for private insurers (Emblem Health, Aetna, etc).


Regarding everybody beating the dead horse of teachers on LI again, go be one. We do not live in a caste system, it is a free country. How somebody is derided for choosing something any one of us can do is ridiculous. We all have a choice.

Regarding the longer school year: I am not a fan as proposed. I do like the idea of looking at our current school year and day differently though, as I think the breaks and set-up of the school day could be maximized to improve our deficiencies in math/science. I like the concept of focusing 100% on particular subject areas for extended periods of time to establish deeper understanding of important subject areas like the sciences. What I mean is not just giving a child equal measures of everything, but weighting a marking period toward science, then writing skills/reading, civics/critical thinking, etc.

And as a sidenote, for anybody who has never taught, it is like bashing an area of Long Island you have never lived in. Experience it first before assuming all of the negatives of those who choose the field.
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:06 AM
 
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She isn't lying. See the link I posted; it has a comparison chart of all benefit plans. If you're a UFT member and elect HIP Prime (HMO only), you have a $0 premium cost and $0 copays.
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:13 AM
 
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She isn't lying. See the link I posted; it has a comparison chart of all benefit plans. If you're a UFT member and elect HIP Prime (HMO only), you have a $0 premium cost and $0 copays.
But what is sometimes missed is the requirement to be a UFT member, which involves dues, etc. This enables the union to cover the health costs. It is still a very good and low cost plan though.
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:21 AM
 
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But what is sometimes missed is the requirement to be a UFT member, which involves dues, etc. This enables the union to cover the health costs. It is still a very good and low cost plan though.
right so it isn't 100% free. I knew it.
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