Responding to the ridicule of teachers and the teaching profession by politicians and self proclaimed "experts"!
"Where is Albert Shanker now that we need him?" - Walt Sautter

Friday, 29 August 2014

What a Wonderful Wiz He is !

AND lest we forget:
(1)    $400M in Fed Ed aid that was lost (then he stuck it all on Schlinder)
(2)    $12M spend on unnecessary election (so he wouldn't be on the ballot with Booker)
(3)    doled out $10M as a parting gift to a Sandy aid relief distribution company (Hammerman & Gainer which was fired for poor performance)
(4)    Spent $7M for legal costs to his bud Mastro (the GWB problem and it’s still not over)
(5)    Lost $350M repayment to the Federal government when he reneged on the Arc Tunnel Project (lost the 3,000 construction jobs the tunnel was projected to generate for the next decade and also cost N.Y. and N.J. 44,000 jobs and $4 billion in additional income through economic growth, according to a 2008 study by New Jersey Transit)
(6)    Lost $7.7M for refusing to participate in the health care exchange program (and could have insured 95,000 additional uninsured New Jerseyans and would have cost the State nothing)

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Dog Fights

Here is my comment which I have posted -

There are plenty of reasons teachers are under attack - the most notable is because they  are easy targets and don't fight back. If Albert Shanker was still alive politicians wouldn't find teachers so easy to accuse and abuse. Alas, he and those like him seem to no longer exist. Current union officials chose to cower instead to confront! Until teacher mentality reverts back to the days of the 1970s be prepared for more and more degradation and condemnation.
I have always remembered the sign on the wall of the football locker room when I was in high school.
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog that wins!"
Walt S.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

“The Governor” - A "No New Taxes" Kind of Guy ???

“No pain, no gain” – No pain for New Jersey’s wealthy and plenty for the middle class, the old and the disabled.
First “The Governor” reneges on the pension funding which  he so vehemently touted and claims that he will never sign a millionaire’s tax bill to help balance the budget. He is a “no new taxes” kind of guy!
Well, now if withholding the Homestead Rebate again from families earning $150,000 or less isn’t a tax increase then what is it?
 I am sure the Governor’s will come up with a newspeak term that will avoid calling it what it is - A TAX INCREASE.
Wait a minute!
Now, in retrospect, I suppose it really isn’t a tax increase; not on the wealthy anyway, since those earning in excess of $150,000 never qualified for the rebate in the first place. Again, only common folks and public employees * will be obliged to participate in the Governor’s “No pain, no gain” scheme.
With this TAX INCREASE “The Governor’s” fear of the rich leaving the State in droves need not even be considered and I suspect he certainly has no concern about the middle class and poor leaving. As a matter of fact I think he might even welcome their loss!
*Public employees who have been subjected to the pension “reform” will suffer double the “pain” since most fall under the $150,000 income level and now will also be denied (have postponed?) their Homestead Rebate.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Oh - And Make Sure the Window Shades are Straight Too!

Mr. Fletcher’s article hits the nail right on the head but he fails to mention even more burdens currently placed on public education. Career awareness, dental exams, financial literacy, individualized special education programs, work study programs, drug alcohol and smoking prevention, obesity prevention, scoliosis testing, diversity training and preparation for a myriad of standardized testing all of  which are foisted on public schools throughout the year.

Then, to add insult to injury, public officials chose to malign, vilify, punish and attempt to turn the public away from the teachers who are assigned these herculean tasks.  
I have started a petition pertaining to one of my pet peeves. You can see it at the top of the right hand sidebar. Please take a look and if you agree please sign it and pass it on to a friend or relative of like mindedness. Thanks.