Middletown Taxpayers against Earned Income Tax

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Reply Reality Check
6:38 PM on May 3, 2010 
The teaching job: I mean no disrespect to teachers as I fully appreciate their role in our children's lives and the degree(s) they have earned, however, their jobs are not the most important jobs in the country or the most challenging especially in the Neshaminy School District. All jobs in this country are important, it is why our trash is picked up weekly, why their are servers when we go out to eat, why our high-tech cars can be fixed locally, why we have new medications, why we have new technologies, and so on. For years teachers have been fed accolades about how important they are. Again with all due respect the work they do is important but not to the level they would like you to believe. Yes there is a very small percentage of teachers that dramatically impact or influences a students' life but the majority just put in an honest days work. Furthermore, the real technical or complex work for teachers is done by the board of education and school boards. That is where the professional educators, Phd's, and developmental experts devise the learning plans and curriculums for the schools. The teachers simply develop a lesson plan to present the curriculum. Once that plan is developed by a teacher and excluding the skills and patience needed to deal with many kids, I would argue teachers have one on the easiest jobs in the county for the compensation they receive, the yearly schedule, and the job security. Then we have the NFT, probably the most unprofessional group of so called professionals I have seen. To bring the contract issue to the students by means of the Wednesday gatherings in front of the schools and the ridiculous shirts is proof positive their number one priority is not the students but themselves.
Reply Reality Check
4:47 PM on May 3, 2010 
Hopefully the school board has not waited too long to take a stand against a union that is not in touch with reality and refuses to look at other industries destroyed by unions. I praise board for their position and hope they stand their ground and pervail. With multiple children currently in the school district it is still obvious the teachers are compensated well beyond what they deserve and asking for increases that are completely contradictory to almost every other industry in the country and to the entire economy for that matter. When you consider the entire compensation in the context of a 9 month work schedule and a holiday schedule second to no other job in the country- Neshaminy teachers are over compensated!
One needs to look at the auto industry for another example of a union out of control. Granted that industry had other problems, but the union is one of the biggest problems. As the industry changed, as the retiree list grew and grew, the union contracts guaranteed an unsustainable industry. However, unlike the auto industry in which consumers can make alternative choices or receive government bailouts, new teacher contracts are funded by the relatively small group of tax payers in the district.