tired retired teacher 
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Re: “Pension tensions

After teaching for 28 years in Disdtrict #11, I feel like I have earned every penny of my PERA retirement. To Stacey in Woodland Park: teachers work more than 9 months a year, then have to go to school during their 2 months off, having to constantly pay for more credits & degrees out of their own pockets. They attend classes & workshops on their own time & at their own expense, often in the evenings & on the weekends, leaving them little time for a family life of their own. Now, if you want to earn what a teacher earns and put in the hours that they put in, then more power to you: go get your teaching degree, give up your personal life & go get that teaching job! Don't forget that you will have to put up with the wrath of parents, stay after school with a child when their parent "forgets" to pick them up & the list goes on & on. Oh, and you'll have to grade papers & do lesson plans & call parents after that once you do get home. Then it's time to go to bed, only to have to get up in the wee hours of the morning to head to work before the sun rises. Don't forget also, that out of your teaching salary, you'll have to purchase a lot of supples for your classroom, as well as supplies for those students who come to school with nothing. Teacher aren't part of "us common people," no we are way below you "commoners." Now, if teachers made a decent salary to begin with, maybe we could invest a little so we could live on Social Security after we retired. You can take your "cake" & do whatever you want with it. I have a few suggestions, just in case a commoner like you can't come up with any ideas.

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Posted by tired retired teacher on 01/25/2011 at 5:41 PM

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