If you haven't, I'm sure you've heard of the anti-union business going on in Wisconsin. Basically, SB5 is Ohio's version of it.
Now I try to stay out of politics. Really, I do. A friend of mine is big-time into politics and he drives me absolutely crazy.
But SB 5 is something that could greatly affect my career. These are some summary points:
These are the amendments made to the bill late last week.
A couple things stick out to me as worrisome. First, the salary thing. They're taking away salaries based on years of service and education and changing it to merit-based pay. What we're all wondering about is how this is to be done. Will it change annually? What if you get a bad group of kids? (And you all know what I mean.) Are these based on test scores? What if you have a class of students that don't have a standardized test to take (like my freshmen, juniors, and seniors)? How is a gym/art/music/non-cores teacher going to be rated? I was told by someone at school that one of our school board members said that s/he would like to cap salaries at $50,000. I know that teachers don't make much, but I'll admit to being quite a bit over that level. To have my salary adjusted downward so much would be quite a shock. (Especially when you throw in an increase in insurance rates... also a part of SB5.)
I've seriously been thinking about other career options. I love what I do. I've never wanted to be anything but a teacher (except for my astronaut phase when I was in elementary school... but I get motion sick pretty easily :) ). With two small kids I can't imagine not having the time during the summer to spend with them. Unless I can find something that would pay me well and give me the time off I think I'm stuck.
A couple of videos...
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Crisis in Dairyland - For Richer and Poorer - Teachers and Wall Street|