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Wed Feb 7, 2018, 06:29 PM

Oklahoma schools go on four-day weeks so teachers can make rent by working at Walmart on Mondays

So pathetic.


As a result, the state is going broke. Teachers haven't gotten a raise in 10 years and the only way they can afford to accept the pay -- third-worst in the nation -- is by negotiating a four-day school week in 90 districts, freeing teachers up to take jobs at Walmart on Mondays to make ends meet.

https://boingboing.net/2018/02/07/this-is-not-ok.html

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Reply Oklahoma schools go on four-day weeks so teachers can make rent by working at Walmart on Mondays (Original post)
johnnyrocket Feb 2018 OP
Ohiogal Feb 2018 #1
Ferrets are Cool Feb 2018 #2
Freedomofspeech Feb 2018 #3
hatrack Feb 2018 #4
Igel Feb 2018 #5
BigmanPigman Feb 2018 #6
Wednesdays Feb 2018 #7
BigmanPigman Feb 2018 #8
world wide wally Feb 2018 #9
gay texan Feb 2018 #10

Response to johnnyrocket (Original post)

Wed Feb 7, 2018, 06:34 PM

1. Yet they keep electing Republicans.

They're gonna win the race to the bottom pretty darn soon.

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Response to johnnyrocket (Original post)

Wed Feb 7, 2018, 06:57 PM

2. This is so farked up!!

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Response to johnnyrocket (Original post)

Wed Feb 7, 2018, 07:07 PM

3. My god...

This country is so screwed.

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Response to johnnyrocket (Original post)

Wed Feb 7, 2018, 08:02 PM

4. Freedumb!

Have fun, y'all.

And remember, when the fire truck breaks down, or the ambulance takes 30 minutes, or the hospital closes, or the school shuts down, or you break the front axle on Yer Truck hitting a pothole: taxation is theft!

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Response to johnnyrocket (Original post)

Wed Feb 7, 2018, 09:27 PM

5. This seems to leave some info out.

For example, it's not new. http://newsok.com/time-to-end-four-day-school-weeks-in-oklahoma/article/5575291 They've had 4-day weeks for quite a while, now.

Some districts report saving money. Not all. It's an option. http://kfor.com/2017/02/07/four-day-school-week-paying-off-for-local-districts-lawmakers-want-a-change/

But I'd rather have longer days and an additional day off, in principle. Not sure it would work to make every class 20% longer, though. Note that a number of businesses offered employees a 4-day week. Oddly, few of them had the claim made about them that it was so their employees could work at Walmart. It no doubt happens in some cases. Not in others.

The lack of a raise also refers to a state-wide pay increase. http://kfor.com/2017/02/07/four-day-school-week-paying-off-for-local-districts-lawmakers-want-a-change/ I find it fairly outrageous that they haven't had a raise, but it's still incomplete information. Local districts can increase pay to accommodate local differences in living standards and wage standards. It's not absolute standard of living that seems to matter, but relative standards of living. The difference between top-paying and low-paying (state-minimum) districts isn't large but it nonetheless exists.

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Response to johnnyrocket (Original post)

Wed Feb 7, 2018, 09:59 PM

6. Part of it may be due to benefits increasing.

In San Diego we didn't get raises for 5 years and our co-pays, emerg room fees etc. increased too. We were given, or threatened to be given, pink slips every year. The union was extremely weak. The older, stronger teachers all bailed with a "golden handshake" and the newer younger ones needed the benefits to pay the health care for their growing families so they always caved and gave in without a strike. The growing cost of health care is a major factor in wage stagnation.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 01:00 AM

7. Increasing benefits? Here in Oklahoma?

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Response to Wednesdays (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 02:10 AM

8. You don't get ANY health benefits?!

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Response to johnnyrocket (Original post)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 03:10 AM

9. But the important thing is that there are no abortion clinics.... Fuck anything else

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Response to johnnyrocket (Original post)

Thu Feb 8, 2018, 01:57 PM

10. You get what you vote for n/t

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