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Old 09-22-2008, 09:17 AM
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Originally Posted by EEEPNJ View Post

It's the same with police, kills me suburban cops who see less action than I did as a student in a JC HS get 6 figures, but go to NYPD and it's now I think $30k per year? Give me a break.

Oh please with the over stated salaries for suburban cops...they do NOT come out of the academy making 6 figures. takes some years to get there
and if you think suburban cops don't have a plate of ***** to deal with think again...suburbia is rife with drugs, many it's heroin and all the petty crime, breakins etc that come with it

That 30k in Ny is for when they are in the academy training which lasts 6-9 months
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Old 10-04-2008, 07:30 PM
Location: New Jersey
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I only work for 10 months and I only get paid for 10 months.

Merit pay: I work in an urban district in Northern NJ. Every September I get a new bunch of students performing far below grade level. I do the best I can to make sure they show growth over the course of the year, but to raise these kids 3 and 4 grade levels in one year is next to impossible. I like working where I do because I love the kids and I see that I am making a difference in their lives. They need good teachers too. Those that support merit pay are going to penalize teachers like me because we choose to work in lower performing areas.

I could get a job in suburban NJ where kids enter school knowing the alphabet and how to spell their names, perhaps even knowing how to read. Kids that have two parents at home, who don't have to wonder where their next meal is coming from and have lives filled with educationally enriched activities. Just because those kids can pass a standardized test doesn't mean that their teachers work harder than I do.

So what's going to happen? You are going to end up having good teachers leave urban schools to move to suburbs where they can get their merit pay raises. Great idea. And what happens to the kids in the urban districts? Schools are not businesses. We're dealing with children here. Teachers should not be getting commission because their students can pass a test.
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