Back when the union thugs were destroying Madison, Wisconsin, a local friend claimed that her relative was a 15 year special ed teacher only made $37,000. It's what he told her and she believed it.
I've learned not to believe much of anything any more without researching. Sure enough, research showed that the average first year teacher in Ohio makes at least as much as this guy was claiming after 15 years. And special ed teachers make more than others.
Turns out that the average special ed teacher earns about $62,000. So how come this guy goes around telling people his sob story about making only $37,000?
What I learned was this: Many teachers (and other government union employees) quote their net pay, not their gross pay when they're having discussions. And from their gross pay, although they don't pay much (if any) of their benefits, they do have taxes deducted like the rest of us and many have savings accounts, plus their union dues are deducted.
That and the myriad of other false claims I've heard in the past year by teachers and other government union employees makes me quite wary to believe anything they say. Sad, isn't it, since they're teaching our kids and grandkids?
Respect is something you earn, and those folks I saw on the Wisconsin videos didn't deserve any. Nor do most of the ones seen here either.
I'm amazed at how sleazy these people who call themselves teachers are - in the way they dress, talk and act.
Reason TV explains about this video:
Teachers unions say California must not roll back annual increases in public school spending. And they're not too careful about facts when they make that case.
Teachers frequently claim, for example, that California is in either 49th or 50th place among the 50 states in per-pupil spending. In fact, the Golden State is 31st in per-pupil spending.
Teachers also say the Golden State could solve its chronic budget shortfalls by raising tax rates on the rich. But California is already unusually dependent on taxes collected from high earners. This is why revenue collections can drop sharply during recession, while spending -- which has increased 37 percent since 2001 -- continues to grow at rates exceeding inflation and population growth.
Last Friday, May 13, teachers all over Los Angeles left school early to attend a Downtown rally. Reason TV tagged along to find out what other whoppers teachers are telling (outside the classroom, that is).
At the end of the video is a woman who says she's a high school teacher.
We need to move into civil disobedience, stopping traffic, taking over some buildings, and, you know, these little rallies with the balloons and the posters are not going to get anybody's attention.
Civil disobedience? Why? Because the rest of us are tired of paying for all of their insurance and pension benefits? Or because they've had a 19% pay increase since the recession started while most taxpayers had their pay frozen?