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  • TexasVulcan

    Money for education beyond decent teacher salaries is very important. I encourage everyone to support candidates who want to properly fund public schools.

  • lambimt

    Schools should be run like a business. Great teachers should be paid well, bad teachers should be fired. If someone does not like the deal then they can find something else to do. In my business I reward productive employees with great pay, I reward unproductive employees with an opportunity to work somewhere else.

  • 1980Gardener

    This is more likely to harm kids than benefit them. First, higher salaries will not lead to better educational outcomes. Second, higher salaries mean higher taxes which leads to less money for parents to save for college, spend on health care, etc.

  • Educated

    This is smart for these teachers to do this. Republicans don't want teachers to be a political entity. They want them to be overworked so they can't be politically involved. Teachers across the country are underpaid and undervalued.

  • MickC

    The difference between teacher anger and general voter anger is that teachers represented a well-educated, hard-working, organized group who will actually continue their efforts right through the elections instead of the usual short-memory result of the general population that loses its steam by election time.
    The teachers will organize to have people at EVERY polling station for the entire time the polls are open. They will advertise.
    Once, my county elected a new county executive who hired his wife, a 3x the salary of the person he fired to create the position for her, and then tried to cheat the teachers time and again, once by trying to change the contractually agreed health insurance to a much poorer alternative at only a very slightly cheaper price: apparently kickback-related.
    The teachers were outraged and out in force at the next election and he was tossed out of office and never again was elected to anything.
    So if you're an elected official in states that are against your low paid teachers who average spending $700/year out of their own pockets because not enough materials are provided to teach the kids, I'd be careful what I said or did.

  • Hank R

    Is it possible that spending more money isn't the answer?

  • Me again

    I am not going to pay more taxes to fund public schools when I don't even use the system. My kids will not be indoctrinated in those shameful schools. Disgusting the agenda they are trying to push onto kids these days.

  • Elroy

    Average Elementary School Teacher Yearly Salary in Kentucky. Elementary School Teachers earn an average yearly salary of $52,420. Salaries typically start from $38,360 and go up to $66,800. So if I take the average based on 180 day school year at 6.5 hours per school day, that's $44.80 per hour. A full time, 40 hour per week job at the teachers hourly rate is a $74,547 per year salary. The median wage for workers in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2017 was $857 per week or $44,564 per year for a 40-hour workweek.

    Sorry but what are these teachers complaining about - sure they put in extra hours - who doesn't? They also get pretty nice benefits which the vast majority of workers don't get.

  • katerant

    Republican politicians don't care about education. They care about getting more dollars into the top2%. They are behind the assault on knowledge and facts and think it works to their advantage. An ignorant, uneducated, desperate populace is vulnerable to brainwashing, as we have seen this past election cycle.

  • Slavin Rose

    The GOP doesn't care about teaching kids. They'll just throw them into the privatized prisons when they go bad from lack of education and opportunities, padding their investment accounts even more.

  • brian nrndss

    All of American teachers should strike for better pay

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    I can't wait for Trumper comments about why money doesn't guarantee good education and that is why they will never vote to increase education budgets. It certainly does prove that they got a public education in a red state, doesn't it?

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    So teachers finally woke up? I'll believe that in Nov. If they voted GOP, then they truly haven't woken up because the GOP will never raise taxes to fund govt services adequately. They can't because they know they would lose too many simple minded voters.

    Remember the last Republican president who raised taxes because it was the right thing to do? Most Republicans have still not forgiven Bush I for that.