Unsustainable

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Delaware education funding is out of control. It is unsustainable!!!!  Something is going to have to give.  Kids can’t take any more hits, so it is going to have to come from the adults.  I hate to say this, and teachers, principals, administrators, and superintendents will want my head on a platter, but your pensions and benefits are skyrocketing through the roof.  Every time you get a step raise, your OEC (benefits and pensions) go up as well.  When these OEC amount to 44% of your pay, we are having serious issues keeping up with it.  I know you want raises, but you actually get raises every year because your benefits keep going up.  For those who aren’t state employees, our insurance rates keeps going up as well, but we pay for much more of it than you do.  It comes out of our take-home pay where yours are not like that. …

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5 responses to “Unsustainable

  1. “Delaware education funding is out of control.” KO. Agreed, it is!
    Lively conversation over there.
    Don’t bother telling the socialists (jax2816 and 4equity2) and the residents of PA, MD and NJ that. Those states are in the top 10 of most expensive states in the country for teacher salaries. http://www.teacherportal.com/teacher-salaries-by-state/
    Guess who is # 11? Yup, Delaware.

    To them, the exorbitant property taxes are AOK.
    4equity2 thinks the following is perfectly reasonable for school staff and administration:
    Principal $160,111
    Asst princ $142,645
    Asst princ $135,399
    Athletic director $133,020
    Communications Director (aka boys basketball team fundraiser and apartment finder) $101,096
    LMSD Grade 5 teacher w 20 years experience: $120,000.

    -Sorry 4equity, it isn’t reasonable. And it isn’t a matter of not valuing education, it is a matter that those numbers represent one person making enough income to put them into the top 5% of wage earners in the country on the backs of taxpayers. TOP 5%!!! AND THIS HAPPENS IN NEARLY EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY so multiply it in every location. Higher level school personnel, ALL at or above the top 5%. ALL PAID FOR BY TAXES, not profits from a widget or other privately supplied service that generates revenue.

    America’s public employees are hitting the ceiling of available revenue. The socialist response: raise taxes. Unlike a business that must make profits to expand, the state must tax more. The state does not generate revenue, they confiscate it. A business must satisfy a demand from consumers. If demand withers, it must adapt or better serve the consumers to generate more revenue from willing consumers. The state does attempt to satisfy demand but it doesn’t generate the revenue to meet the demand, it simply confiscates more from its residents, whether the residents use the services or not.

    The revenue of the state in a stagnant economy is flat but the expenses to all the state employees, their pensions, their step increases, their unions and the demand for more ‘free’ stuff, is not flat. Guess what, sooner or later you run out of other peoples money. But their response is class warfare which does not work either.
    “we won’t work until you tax the 1% sufficiently to give us everything we want….. REALLY? Give you everything you want? Very strange paradigm indeed.

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    • lastDEconservative

      4equity2 thinks the following is perfectly reasonable for school staff and administration:
      Principal $160,111
      Asst princ $142,645
      Asst princ $135,399
      Athletic director $133,020
      Communications Director (aka boys basketball team fundraiser and apartment finder) $101,096
      LMSD Grade 5 teacher w 20 years experience: $120,000.

      M, the above IS perfectly reasonable … if the principal and assts set and enforce discipline, send the unwilling and unable home, encourage and support the willing and able, the AD leads the prayers at halftime, ensures B+ average for all athletes, the comm. dir. entertains a steady stream of parents who come in to talk, and he spends 90% of his time listening, and the teacher has 47 successful students staying after school to do extra credit work with her, on her time.

      Wait, that’s not how it is?

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  2. Let us not forget cost of living, pension and health benefits.

    Would like to see other employees salaries comparison.

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  3. lastDEconservative

    Interesting Fox News Alert: Turkish education ministry fires 15,200.

    Reminds me of the lawyer jokes … it’s a start.

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  4. http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2016-07-05/let-school-districts-focus-on-instruction
    THIS !

    Education is supposed to be about education, not transportation, not sports programs, not laundering services, not crisis counseling. Educators are trained to educate, not be social service extensions or behavioral scientists. Educational tax revenue is for the purposes of educating, not placating the social conscience of the dysfunctional and woefully uninformed.

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