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Greedy Teachers?
Rhode Island superintendent, Francis Gallo wanted the union to sign off on six conditions that required teachers to spend more time helping students and with colleagues in professional training sessions. Gallo said she could only afford to pay teachers $30 per hour for some of the extra responsibilities — $1,800 for two weeks of training in the summer, and potentially $1,620 for weekly 90-minute afterschool sessions, if she could secure grant money. Teachers, Gallo said, would not be compensated for the other changes: lengthening the school day by 25 minutes; formalizing a tutoring schedule; eating lunch with students once a week; and submitting to more rigorous evaluations starting March 1.

Union officials said they wanted to be paid for more of the duties and wanted to receive a higher pay rate –– $90/hour

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:52 AM on Feb. 23, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • About 100 teachers, administrators and assistants will lose their jobs. (The Providence paper reports that the average base salary of the teachers is $72,000 to $78,000, not counting benefits. The median income for a household in the town of Central Falls is $22,628.)

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:53 AM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • sounds like a deal to me. they don't know how good they have it i would say.
    we just lost 20 teaching positions in our county.
    after the announcement, two female teachers were found dead the next morning.
    this economy is driving normal people to suicide.
    wtf are these teachers in RI thinking?

    Answer by jewjewbee at 7:56 AM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • The cost of living there is alot higher which is why they get paid more The average teacher makes under $39k a year. I dont think theyre being greedy because if you read the article it says that they will be paid this for the 2 weeks or 90 min meetings. It also says they will be working an additional 25 min a day and have more responsibilty then when they were first hired. Tutoting was being offered by the NCLB but I know Obamas changed or is in the process of changing that which means teachers may be asked for do it again for free, which is 2 hours average extra work a day. If we want to save money we need parents to come pick up the slack.

    Answer by gemgem at 8:00 AM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • gemgem, from the bla and

    Teaching salary summary page for the state of Rhode Island Salary range: $35,563 - $70,190

    Average teacher salary: $53,473

    Average beginning teacher salary: $32,902

    Median household income: $56,605


    Answer by Anonymous at 8:10 AM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • The Providence paper reports that the average base salary of the teachers is $72,000 to $78,000, not counting benefits.  These teachers were making ABOVE average, yet producing poorly educated chidren. They should be fired...


    Answer by Anonymous at 8:11 AM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • I agree with the anon above me, wow! Miami, as a starting salary of 32,000.

    Answer by older at 8:34 AM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • I'd say that has nothing to do with Teachers being greedy.
    If you don't know how a union works you might think so but unions are the ones who come up with this stuff.
    The employees rarely come out and say exactly what it is they want unless they are in direct talks with management first.
    Unions used to be a good thing, helping people and preventng employer abuses but that rarely happens now days. There are those few bad apples but it's the unions who are rotten now days. The liberals that head these have some warped view of fairness. In fact not only will they try and get employees the moon from the company they will pit employees against employees if they feel some are getting more than others.
    All in all we could do much better off without a single union in America.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:57 AM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • Teachers are NEVER paid enough. And what is even more disgusting, Celebrities and Sports Stars are paid millions for showing off or having fun, playing with a ball or a puck,etc. That burns me up. They aren't worth millions. Teachers spend more time trying to educate our children than parents do.....ironic. Unfair.

    Answer by Lindalu2 at 9:48 AM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • I have no problem with high teacher salaries when there is money to pay for it. $78,000 a year for basically 10 months of work is outstanding! I would take it!

    IMO, teachers should not go into the profession with big money on their should be about helping kids.

    Last year our district wanted to cut 6 days pay instead of firing 50 teachers. The union without even putting it to a vote said no. The district fired 50 teachers. Our average classroom size went from 23-29 to 35-40. They are facing the same issue again this year and it is looking like we will lose another 40 teachers. The sad thing is that the teachers were willing to take the pay cut, but had NO VOICE with their own union. Ultimately it is the kids that suffer.


    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:24 AM on Feb. 23, 2010

  • I agree Sweet. Given a choice between unemployment or a pay cut, most people would chose a pay cut. It's sad the union forced the school district into that position. 50 teachers and hundreds of students all were shortchanged.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 10:31 AM on Feb. 23, 2010

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