Sunday, June 6, 2010

Help students! Fund Education

Another video on the teacher crunch.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Ruth Gibbs honored

My former high school coach, Ruth Gibbs, was honored by having the new Phillipsburg Softball Complex named after her. It is an honor that is well deserved and long overdue. Coach Gibbs positively influenced thousands of young women and was a pioneer for girls and womens sports. Thank you Coach Gibbs!
Ruth Gibbs honored

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Governor Christie chooses wealthy over school students!

This is an excerpt from the president of NJEA (NJ Education Association). In the long run EVERYONE will lose out!

Millionaires or kids? Christie has made his choice
by NJEA President Barbara Keshishian

The choice could not be more stark: tax cuts for millionaires, or full school funding for New Jersey kids. Just a few weeks into his term Gov. Christie has staked out his position, slashing nearly $1.5 billion from state aid to schools and higher education.

At the same time, he has rejected out of hand any consideration of reinstating a very modest tax on the very wealthiest New Jersey residents, those making more than $400,000 per year. Last year, that surcharge generated nearly $1 billion in revenue for the state, enough to close much of the hole that his reckless budget opened in local school budgets.

Those two decisions – to slash funding for schools and to deliver generous tax cuts for the super wealthy – are so far out of the mainstream in New Jersey that the governor is attempting to distract New Jerseyans from the real issue. For the last several days, his distraction of choice has been to attack teachers and school employees, claiming that we – not his misguided priorities – are the reason that schools face deep and painful cuts that are going to hurt kids.

I understand politics, and I understand Gov. Christie’s tactics. If I were cutting funds from schools to provide tax cuts to the wealthy, I’d be looking for a distraction too. I wouldn’t want people focusing on the consequences for students and I wouldn’t want people asking why millionaires get a pass when everyone else is being asked to share in the sacrifice.

I wouldn’t want to answer for why teachers and staff will be laid off, why class sizes will go up, why academic programs will be cut, or why valuable extracurricular activities will be cut. I wouldn’t want to have to justify slamming doors in the faces of college students who just want to get the training and education they need to prepare for today’s jobs and help grow our economy back to health.

Gov. Christie is a very shrewd politician, and he’s using crafty political tactics to impose his agenda on the state. But when he turned his attack machine on teachers and school employees, he really stooped to a desperate new low, because our members are not the problem.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Letter to Gov. Christie

This is a letter to Gov. Christie from Michelle A. Corus, a 2007 nominee for the Governor's Teachers Award. This is a response to the ongoing and sometimes ugly comments made about teachers (coming from the governor's office).

To The Honorable Chris Christie,
I am the enemy. I never realized this until your election to governor. In a few short weeks, you have made this fact explicitly clear to me. A large portion of your budget address was about my profession, and how we have caused the problems this state now faces. I want to thank you for opening my eyes to this fact. However, I am not sure I understand how I am the problem or how I have caused the state to be in such debt.
I have been teaching in our public school system for 9 years. I started at $36,000 a year. My college roommate started as an office worker at an accounting firm for $75,000. It was the same year. He told me he mostly made copies and plugged numbers into a computer. I was designing lesson plans, teaching classes of 30+ students, some of whom had problems with drug abuse, crime, and depression. After nine years experience I made $52,000 last year. I would like to point out that this is $8,000 less than your media relations person. You know, the 25 year old who runs your Twitter and Facebook accounts. My college roommate? He makes double what I do now. We both have bachelor s degrees. But what do I know? I am the problem.
You tell the people of New Jersey that we teachers get a free ride on the pension gravy train. Well, I contribute to my pension. It has been deducted from every paycheck I have ever received. Thousands. You do not contribute to my pension even though it is legally and contractually required. You have lied to the people of New Jersey and your refusal to pay the pension just puts off the inevitable. Leave the problem for the next generation, I suppose. I also paid over $6,000 in property taxes. It’s convenient that you leave us to be blamed for property taxes when we pay just as much as everyone else. You and those who attack us seem to forget that. But what do I know? I am the problem.
During my time as a teacher, I have volunteered many late hours, volunteered. Although you seem to think all I care about is me, me, me, I have coached girl s powder-puff football for nothing. I have chaperoned school dances, plays, and fundraisers. I have worked the concession stand at football games. I wasn’t paid for any of this. I have bought hundreds of dollars worth of shirts, cookie dough, pizzas and countless other items I didn’t really need because I wanted to help support my students and their activities. I have canned at football games to help needy students, stayed late waiting for parents to pick up kids who missed their busses, and bought classes pizzas and breakfast to reward them for their excellence. I cooked a class eggs and waffles once because they brought in over 500 canned goods for our local homeless shelter. I have been in a dunk tank not once, but twice to fundraise for my school. I have taken pies to the face and almost had to kiss a ram, all for my students. My coworker and I once organized a pancake breakfast for a student battling cancer. We and many of our colleagues whom you demean were at school at 4:30 in the morning to prepare pancakes for a school of over 2,000 students. We raised over ten thousand dollars for that student. I never asked once, What is in it for me?
You have declared open season on teachers. You have made us the bane of New Jersey’s existence. I know, I read the comments on the and Press of Atlantic City websites. Teachers are lazy, overpaid, underworked. We are whiners. I guess that is what I am doing right now. You have made it okay to bash us. Some of the public are rejoicing that my colleagues will lose their jobs. Until you opened my eyes and opened their mouths, I never realized what a terrible person I was.
When I decided to study education in college my mother warned me that I had better not teach unless it was a passion. She told me if I just wanted summers off I wouldn’t last. She was a teacher herself. She said I could get paid better doing other things. She told me my efforts would not be appreciated, that it was only a matter of time before politics made us the enemy again. I didn’t listen. Teaching was a calling for me, and I thought that even though I wouldn’t be paid a lot, at least I would have good benefits, a pension, and job security. What a fool I was. I thought I was doing the right thing, helping kids, improving society. Turns out the whole time I was none of these things. I was the enemy. I was the problem. My own government has forsaken me; my own community would like to banish me. For the first time in my career, I am questioning my decision, feeling my passion diminish.
Thank you for showing me the light. My only hope is that the next generation does not see the light, and does not listen to you, because if they’d there will be no more problems like me, there will be no public education. You will have won your war against the middle and lower class. You will create a society where the rich get educated and the poor do not. But then again, what do I know? I am the problem.

A 2007 Nominee for the Governor's Teacher of the Year Award Ms. Michelle A.Corus, M.Ed.,
NCC Grade 7, Language Arts/Social Studies Lake Riviera Middle
School BTEA Sr. BuildingRep./Co-maternity Chair OCCEA Executive
Board--Publications Editor NJEA Delegate Assembly Alternate

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Teacher Worries!

This is a short video on the teacher concerns in NJ. Hope the info helps any teacher who is in need of options!

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Georgia Education Cuts

Here are some of the facts about cuts happening in Georgia Education.

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Mac 908-319-5809