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Linda July 02, 2014 at 09:44 AM
The argument of "teachers will leave" if they don't get paid top dollar is untrue. I'veRead Mores poken with many teachers in our district who had stated that they love to teach in district 200 and would stay even if their salaries were lower. One must take into account more than just what they get in their paychecks. Many, many parents in Wheaton are so heavily involved in the schools and help support their children's education by taking active roles to partner with teachers and schools. You do not find that everywhere. Teachers like living in this area. They prefer living here over the North Shore or Naperville. Just ask them. They are happy in district 200 schools. To keep arguing that they will leave because of salary absurd. Should we presume that teachers who work at parochial schools are bad teachers because they get paid less then public school teachers? Absolutely not. It's about more than dollars. We need to start thinking the same way about our district 200 teachers. They are wonderful people with a choice.
JanS July 03, 2014 at 05:27 PM
I do not see how giving more money, to the same people, to do the same thing improves anything forRead Moret he children.
Wheaton Watcher July 06, 2014 at 10:19 PM
Linda, a lot of what you say I agree with. At the end of the day, teachers also have bills to pay, Read Moreand if they live in this area, they pay the same amounts we do for housing, etc. That means they will have to be a paid a market value or better salary to stay here. At some point, their personal budgets will start screaming, and they will have to find work elsewhere. Sorry, but many good teachers will leave. It is a hard, simple fact. Linda, using your illogic, they would continue to work at $ 15 K a year right? Teachers have families to raise, mortgages to pay, gas & cars to buy. There is a clear lower limit, beyond which they cannot go. Even if their spouse works a job, eventually they say, screw it. Jan, personally I think you have an ax to grind with D200 because they never hired you full time. Sour grapes.
LetThemEatCake June 10, 2014 at 03:20 PM
In the time it took you to write your comment, those same students have stolen your bank accountRead Morenum ber via your debit card, cleaned out your bank balance, and successfully applied (and spent) new credit of $150,000. Cyber crime is cyber crime. Or is spending all your money also just being stupid kids
Mindy Jones July 08, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Jim Myrick, part of the problem is that cops and the county prosecutors are misapplying the laws in Read Moresuch ways as they never were originally intended. It catches headlines and in turn gets the county prosecutors bonus points when it comes to promotions and potentially even a run for a Judge... The Illinois State Bar Association has an excellent article on this at: http://www.isba.org/ibj/2014/07/lawpulse/scaringsextersstraight
Mindy Jones July 08, 2014 at 08:57 PM
For some reason the link got cut off :Read More http://www.isba.org/ibj/2014/07/lawpulse/scaringsextersstr aight
Max Smart May 15, 2014 at 01:14 PM
Let's not forget that there was never anything temporary about the increase. The old rate was 3%.Read MoreTh e new rate, even if the full increase is rescinded, would be 3.75%. That is a PERMANENT increase of 25%!
t May 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM
No matter how much the state takes from us, it will never be enough to pay their bills. I feel for Read MoreJudy & her worthwhile services, but our problem is the inability of our legislators to live within their means. No amount of taxes will ever be enough for them. More taxes. Fewer jobs. More people demanding Judy's services. A vicious cycle.
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