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Old 05-17-2017, 07:55 AM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Originally Posted by Buckeye614 View Post

summers off and a guaranteed winter and spring break in addition to the vacation time and the fact that you only have to be at your workplace between 7am -3PM not to mention the possibility of tenure in the future.
Duck and cover, you are in for an angry lesson in what teaching really entails when the teachers see this.

(No vacation, but they do get 10 days PTO for health etc; if you want to be a good teacher, you work 10 - 12 hours a day and some time on weekends - there is a lot more to it than just classroom time; Summer break ends up being 2 months or a little less and you try to find some sort of job during that time; many to most teachers end up pumping a portion of their salary back into the classroom, especially in wealth challenged districts).

Only the teacher will not put it nicely. Go pt this on the teaching thread
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Old 05-17-2017, 12:14 PM
Location: Chicago
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Originally Posted by Geo-Aggie View Post
32k can be poverty, based on family size. According to the Federal Poverty Guidelines, a family of 6 making 32k a year would be in poverty. This of course assumes two married parents, one staying home, one working full-time. Throw in childcare and things get out of control fast. I think we underestimate how much of a financial struggle life is for many Americans. Then consider that poverty is poverty - you try making a budget for a family (of any size) based on $2660 a month (Maybe $1900 after taxes). Don't forget to invest for retirement and take out a few hundred for health insurance.
Sure, but $32k in a DINK household, a single household, or a dual income household with the traditional "nuclear family" would be more than enough to sustain a solidly lower-to-middle middle-class lifestyle. Unless the OP was talking about raising four children on that single income, they were being insanely hyperbolic... many living in true poverty would kill for $15 per hour work. Two income earners making $32k could likely afford to live in any non-trendy Detroit suburb, a $60k household income will never impress anyone but it does buy a generic ranch home in a generic suburb like Westland or Sterling Heights.
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