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Suzanne, about the 27th....

Posted by Kathy G on 9/19/04 at 11:34 (160170)

It's going to be a tough decision for you to make but remember that students are not going to suffer from a one-day absence of teachers as much as they will from having disatisfied, resentful teachers teaching them for the rest of the year. Not that I think you would let your personal feelings get in the way of your teaching but some teachers might.

Some years back, our local teachers decided to 'teach to rule' when our stupid town voted not to honor the third year of their contract. Had they gone to court, the court would have found in their favor, of course, because the town had to honor a legal, binding contract. Instead of going that route, which would have been long and drawn out, they decided to do only what was required of them according to their written contract. That meant they didn't stay afer school so they weren't available for extra help. They didn't go to any committee meetings, sports or clubs that wasn't required. It was a very painful time for many of our dedicated teachers but it didn't go on for very long because the town realized that they had to honor the contract. The children didn't suffer that much because the good teachers still found ways around it. They made themselves available during free periods or recesses to help the students. My son was in high school, at the time, and his education didn't suffer.

What was hard was that those who didn't teach to rule were villified by their colleagues who thought they were disloyal. It caused a rift amongst the teachers that took many years to repair.

I know this is a difficult time for you. I'll keep you in my thoughts!

Re: Suzanne, about the 27th....

Suzanne D. on 9/19/04 at 21:03 (160183)

Thank you, Kathy, for your post. You make some excellent points. It will be a rough week at school, I fear. I also worry about the rift of which you spoke. I can easily see that happening at our school. Our once-united, close-knit faculty has grown so much larger so quickly as we entered the new building a year and a half ago that morale is not the best right now, anyway. Add this situation to the mix, and I don't think it will be easy.

Thanks for your words!
Suzanne :)

Re: Interesting insurance facts...

Suzanne D. on 9/22/04 at 21:32 (160364)

Below is a list of how much on average employees paid for family health insurance throughout the 50 states along with the amount of money paid by the states towards family health insurance.

As you can see, my state - Kentucky - had the top amount of employee payment for health insurance.

Source: Kentucky Gazette 9/15/2004

Health care costs: 50 states
2003 Average - family plan
State Employee Ave. Total
$609.71 $167.02 $776.73
State-by-state costs
STATE EMPLOYEE TOTAL
KY $287 $540 $827
WY 352 518 870
KS 520 407 928
CO 310 386 580
NC 244 365 609
MS 356 325 681
LA 412 313 725
TX 600 294 895
SD 336 267 603
NV 465 256 722
VT 1022 255 1277
MO 735 246 981
IA 693 242 936
VA 557 240 797
NE 827 219 1047
AR 581 218 800
IL 889 207 1096
SC 466 196 683
MT 334 191 525
ME 762 190 952
HI 465 186 651
TN 737 184 921
GA 566 173 740
AL 490 164 654
NM 483 160 644
MD 632 158 791
MA 895 157 1053
FL 508 150 659
NY 575 129 704
CT 723 127 851
AZ 549 125 674
WA 710 109 819
WV 544 109 653
CA 589 84 673
OH 707 78 786
AK 630 72 792
MN 590 59 649
IN 829 57 884
ID 389 56 445
UT 689 51 741
MI 752 39 792
WI 902 31 933
DE 753 0 753
NH 1027 0 1027
NJ 875 0 875
ND 409 0 409
OK 735 0 735
OR 654 0 654
PA 410 0 401
RI 904 0 904

Re: Interesting insurance facts...

john h on 9/23/04 at 09:46 (160378)

Factoid: Yesterday Paul Harvey noted that it was either 6000 or 8000 college students a year in the U.S. are dying brom binge drinking.