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Public School Teacher Salary
about public school teacher salaries in Texas
Everyone knows a teacher's salary is low, really
low. We've been hearing that for thirty or forty years at least,
and we still do -- every time the subject comes up.
I remember nearly every one of my teachers telling us so,
I believed them too. Everyone I've ever
asked still believes that. We hear it all the time and from every
politician too, so it must be true,
right? WRONG! To be fair, I guess I should admit that
compared to Bill Gates they don't make
squat. I'm all in favor of everyone earning as much as
possible, but NOT through lies and deception. So... just how "poorly"
are teachers paid? If your a public school teacher, or have one in
the family, you already know the truth of course. But what about the
rest of us schmucks? Let us compare the minimum public school teacher salary to a recent, "real world" example:
A public school teacher works 43% less per year but makes 238% of the "business worlds" equivalent pay!
- A young lady with a masters
recently hired in the big city main office of a very large
organization at an annual salary of $33,000. The job requirements
matched her education level. She will be required to work the
"business world" standard of eight  hours a day, five  days a
week, fifty  weeks a year, less major holidays. This comes
out to about one thousand nine hundred and sixty [1,960] hours per
year. She will work for about $16.84/hour.
- Compare that to any beginning teacher with
the same education, also traveling to "the big city." ¹The
teacher will make a minimum of $45,000 and she ¹will only be required
to work one thousand one hundred and twenty-two [1,122] hours per year,
which is considered "Full-Time employment" under Texas State Law. The teacher is working for about $40.11/hour.
Comparisons should not end there either. They are all guaranteed, again by state law, a very nice
raise every year,
for twenty  years. Just for breathing air,
they will all get right at a $600 raise their first, second and third
years and $1,240 their fourth, fifth and sixth year! Every
public school teacher gets an average one
thousand dollar $1,000.00] raise in each of their first ten years. And
these raises go on, and
on, and on, for twenty years. Pandering politicians keep
increasing this "schedule of automatic raises"
often! They recently raised it $2,500 just one year after
having raised it $580. And remember... this is at a minimum!
Most public school districts add to these state required
This is NOT merit pay. EVERYONE gets it, just for showing
this years Minimum Salary Schedule below, or at: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147485382 The business world has nothing even close to this
kind of largess!
Comparison could continue
by looking at a teacher's lavish benefit package including health and
retirement plans. Additionally, work environment, hiring
safety and proximity to home could be compared. To that list add
their unique opportunity
to continue higher
education or moonlight during the summer months, both of which
will increase their annual
income. Another salary boost available to teachers, and sometimes
only them, are all the part time income sources like
coaching, club sponsor,
chaperon, bus driver, etc. Again... the business world
has nothing close to this.
Huge financial savings, a very real yet unspoken benefit, are also
available like working close to home which saves thousands of dollars
and hours over commuting. Being able to place their children in the
school they work at [a free benefit in most every district] instead of
the one all their neighbors must use can be huge. This
saves many thousands of dollars each year, for each child, if their only other
choice would be private school because their neighborhood school
was unacceptable. And this 'corporate daycare' just happens to dovetail
perfectly with their work hours.
If any public servants are truly deserving of higher pay,
it is the law enforcement officer. Required work
hours are seldom only forty a week, and he is, in fact, ON
DUTY twenty-four  hours a day, every day, as a duly sworn peace officer, by state law.
A teacher might get poked with a pencil once in an entire
career. A peace officer on patrol braves killer highways,
and the known killers on those highways, every single day!
Using a policeman's salary and work hours to compare with a
teacher's will show even greater disparity than the example above.
Public school teachers are public servants like politicians. Have you ever noticed how they are both quite
shy talking, in specific terms anyway, about their pay? This is, after all, a fairly common
subject in the "real world" of business. It's what
you might call "water cooler talk." Maybe our Bashful Servants are a little ashamed of how much they actually know they do
make. And since their pay is, in fact, our taxes, which are raised by
threat of force from many taxpayers who work longer and harder for much
less, maybe they're even a little ashamed. But Shame
is a rare thing these days, so I doubt it.
Again, let me say for the record; I am in favor
of everyone earning
as much as they can. But... how about some
integrity? How about some honesty? And teachers... stop whining all the time about how "poorly you're paid." It
be refreshing to hear some teachers admit what a wonderful
salary they have, and how thankful they are to us regular tax paying
schmucks for it.
I guess I'm dreaming.
¹ notes & references:
Seguin Daily News, June 23, 2006, page 3 - quoting Superintendent
Dennis Dreyer, Marion I.S.D.; "The starting salary for a first year
teacher in Marion will now be $34,000." "... we are more than $8,000
behind Northeast starting salary." [$34K + $8K = $42K + $3K = $45K -- Dreyer's stated figures have been
increased $3,000 for a masters degree, which is believed to be a
fair average stipend adjustment.]
1,122 hours per year is calculated using the state required 187 days
times six  hours a day. Six  hours per day is the average
between an 8 AM to 3 PM school day and an 8 AM to 4 PM school day, less the one  hour state required
"off period," and allowing one half [1/2] hour for lunch. Non of the
other non-instructional 'off' periods of time were considered, yet they
are many. Things like five  minutes between classes and while all
students are busy studying or testing. A teachers' students are often excused for pep rallys, plays, concerts and home games during school hours. These add up to considerable 'off' time.
State law defines base work requirements as noted here from: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter153/ch153cc.html
Full-time employment--Employment for 100%
of an institution's normal work schedule.
Full-time means contracted employment for at
least ten months (187 days) for 100% of the school day in accordance with definitions
of school day in TEC, §25.082, employment contract in TEC, §21.002, and school
year in TEC, §25.081.
State Minimum Salary Schedule for Classroom Teachers, Full-Time
Librarians, Full-Time Counselors, and Full-Time Nurses (Section
21.402(c), Texas Education Code)
The state base salary schedule is in accordance with the provisions of
TEC 21.402 and applies only to classroom teachers, full-time
librarians, full-time counselors, and full-time nurses. There is no
state minimum salary for any other position.
In no instance may a school district pay classroom teachers, full-time
librarians, full-time counselors, or full-time nurses less than the
state base salary listed for that individual's years of experience. A
classroom teacher, full-time librarian, full-time counselor certified
under Subchapter B, or full-time school nurse employed by a school
district in the 2006-2007 school year is entitled to a salary that is
at least equal to the salary the employee received for the 2006-2007
school year, as long as the employee is employed by the same district.
Section 21.401 of the Texas Education Code specifies that an educator
employed under a 10-month contract must provide a minimum of 187 days
Monthly Salary Based on the Standard 10-Month Contract
Years of Experience
(10 month contract)
Joseph Mezher, Program Director
Texas Education Agency (TEA)
Division of Educator Excellence
Will our newly re-elected "guardians of the law" prosecute?
"Facts are stubborn things; and what ever may be our wishes,
inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they can not alter the
state of facts, and evidence." President John Adams
The Sheriff says; "I believe you are a law-abiding citizen who has
worked hard for what you have. I also believe you are tired of
people who turn to crime as an easy way to make a living with little
responsibility to society." Does the Sheriff only have "beliefs"
or will he uphold the law?
The County Attorney says; "she has fought against unethical practices
and conflicts of interest by government agencies ... As your County
Attorney, she believes protecting the public trust is her number one
priority." Using tax payers funds against them to steal an
election that steals NINETEEN
MILLION DOLLARS [$19,000,000.00]
certainly qualifies for "unethical practices and conflicts of interest
by government agencies." The "public trust" of half the people of
this area, and really everyone, has been trampled, so we are glad to
know it is her "number one priority."
We shall expect charges filed in the near future!
Texas Public Law states:
§ 255.003. Unlawful Use of
Public Funds for Political Advertising
(a) An officer or employee of a
political subdivision may not spend
or authorize the spending of public funds for political advertising.
(b) This section does not apply to a
communication that factually describes
the purposes of a measure if the communication does not advocate
passage or defeat of the measure.
(c) A person who violates this
section commits an offense. An offense
under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.
Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 899, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.
Every point of the law above has
been violated by officers and employees during the campaign leading up
to the December 6 election and as such, charges and convictions should
follow, no matter how apparently small the crime looks, it is still a
crime and the guilty ARE CRIMINALS!
Taking section "(b) This section
does not apply to a communication that
the purposes of a measure," we submit the following evidence.
You will of course note the criminally altered enrollment for year
"02-'03 given at 1,343. The factual figure is 1,260 and no amount
of "oops we goofed" is believable. DON'T BS US! The Belligerent
Socialites running the
show have been spouting off about growth, growTH, GROWTH for many
years, and many bond elections. It has been the central "claimed"
issue for decades. THIS was NO goof! The Borrow
and Spend mindset
knew what they were doing. This "juiced up" criminal figure
appears only in this expensive, 2-color, slick glossy flyer, criminally
printed and mailed to all
at taxpayer expense in school envelopes. The factual 1,260
appears in all "Official" reports to the State of Texas including the Texas
Education Agency, and even in a curiously similar
looking chart on their website. [If you care enough to study
the facts, the T.E.A. link above provides a
wealth of information that the Bolshevik
don't want you to know.]
Of course, when a Beguiling
Super lies to the
and the T.E.A. it can get him in serious hot water... might even be a
career ending dip. But lying to the home folk? That's been
safe as stealing candy from a baby whose narcissistic parents have
abandoned it on the street corner.
Evidence of more criminal acts will be forthcoming,
as we promised, and will further prove the willingness of some local B.S.ers
to embrace evil. It is EVIL, as well as un-American,
un-Patriotic, immoral and un-Christian to stoop low enough to steal
elections and rob neighbors.
The forceful confrontation of Evil is often what is needed to break
through to very prideful people. C.S. Lewis wrote; "...the utmost
evil, is Pride. ... it was through Pride that the devil became the
devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God
state of mind. ... As long as you are proud you can not know God. ...
For Pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love,
or contentment, or even common sense. ... How is it that people
who are quite obviously eaten up with Pride can say they believe in God
... ? ...I am afraid it means they are worshiping an imaginary God. ...
I suppose it was of those people Christ was thinking when He said; 'I never knew you.' And any
of us may at any moment be in this death-trap." Lastly, it should
be reposted here: Evil deeds
are done by evil people. 1Sa 24:13. Once you are convicted of that
truth, there is hope. May we here at "DontBS.us" serve HIM to help
convict your spirit.
MORE CRIMINAL EVIDENCE TO COME . . . STAY TUNED.
Kuempel on BALLOT BOX STUFFING;
"I agree the possibility of abuse is
The following is a recent exchange of emails between our Texas
State Representative, Edmund Kuempel, and one of our citizens on
the ballot Box "Stuffing"
issue raised by this site.
The website, "www.DontBS.us" is reporting;
"For some years
school elections have been skewed by carrying the
around and setting them up at various "special"
you please inform me of, or direct me to,
where I can
find the law and history of the legislative
Thank you in
I took a look at
the website and would be curious to know in what school district this
is occurring. I have never witnessed or heard of such a practice. Texas
law is very specific in its requirements for polling times, dates and
locations. The law on local school board elections is identical to that
for all other state, county and local races. These requirements can all
be found in Title 4. Texas Election Code. The Code can be found on the
web at www.capitol.state.tx.us
searched out ... the Law on this subject. It appears to be in Title 7,
Chapter 85 of the Election Code [below]. It looks like
the website, "www.DontBS.us" nailed this one ... To answer your
question, my family is in the Navarro I.S.D., and I have heard of this
practice here for many years though I doubt, after reading the law,
that the same practice is not being used in every school district in
the state. I wonder if our State office holders foresaw how this would
be used to manipulate particularly public school bond elections? How
can it be considered fair and "above board" to give a group of voters
known to be highly pro-bond [that is parents of school age,
particularly younger, children] even MORE opportunities to vote when
most of them already frequent the school/voting area many times during
the early voting period?
I hope you
will have time to answer my questions and share your thoughts
Thank you in
§ 85.062. TEMPORARY BRANCH
(a) Except as provided by Subsection (d) or
(e), one or more early voting
polling places other than the main early voting polling place may be
(1) the commissioners court, for an election in which the county
clerk is the early voting clerk; or
(2) the governing body of the political subdivision served by the
authority ordering the election, for an election in which a person
other than the county clerk is the early voting clerk.
(b) A polling place established under this section may be
located, subject to Subsection (d), at
any place in the territory served by the early voting clerk and
may be located in any stationary structure as directed by the authority
establishing the branch office. The polling place may be located
in a movable structure in the general election for state and county
officers, general primary election, or runoff primary election.
Ropes or other suitable objects may be used at the polling place to
ensure compliance with Section 62.004. Persons who are not
expressly permitted by law to be in a polling place shall be excluded
from the polling place to the extent practicable.
69th Leg., ch. 211, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by Acts
1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 203, § 1.11, 1.12; Acts 1991, 72nd
Leg., ch. 554, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th
Leg., ch. 1349, § 35, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th
Leg., ch. 1350, § 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th
Leg., ch. 1381, § 12, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.
§ 85.065. DAYS AND HOURS FOR VOTING: TEMPORARY BRANCH
IN LESS POPULOUS COUNTY.
(a) This section applies only to an
election in which the territory served by the early voting clerk is
situated in a county with a population under 100,000. In an election in
which the territory served by the clerk is situated in more than one
county, this section applies if the sum of the populations of the
counties is under 100,000.
(b) Voting at a temporary branch polling place may be conducted
on any one or more days and during any hours of the period for early
voting by personal appearance, as determined by the authority
establishing the branch. The authority authorized under Section
85.006 to order early voting on a Saturday or Sunday may also order, in
the manner prescribed by that section, early voting to be conducted on
a Saturday or Sunday at any one or more of the temporary branch polling
(c) The schedules for conducting voting are not required to be
uniform among the temporary branch polling places.
You are correct.
That is the law on this issue, and I appreciate you calling it to my
attention. You are the first person that has contacted me about
additional voting places being a problem. After your last note, I
contacted a local election administrator to gauge the extent of the
problem. You are also correct that it
is used most often by school districts, especially for bond elections.
We hesitate to absolutely forbid additional locations because the
legislature is interested in giving as many people as possible the
opportunity to vote. When done correctly it can be a legitimate
practice, however, I agree the
possibility of abuse is dangerous. I look for additional changes
in the future to curb this practice.
appreciate you calling this to my attention. I will certainly keep this
on my radar screen.
says; The good people of Texas are very interested in "giving
as many people as possible the opportunity to vote". Maybe our
legislators should consider having the ballot boxes carried door to
door like the Fuller Brush salesman of old. Or maybe we could contract
with the Jehovah Witnesses, who never seem to miss anyone. It is
shamefully obvious that our school districts are NOT interested in
Justice. They are interested in "JUST US!" They want as many Borrow
and Spend people as possible to
vote! These Machiavellian Bandits
and Snakes are only interested
in "Kingdom Building," and to them, the "end justifies any means."
People - contact your Texas State Representative and Senator
and let them know this abuse of democracy must not
stand! For this area: e-mail:EDMUND.KUEMPEL@house.state.tx.us
SHAME ON YOU!
SHAME ON ALL OF US!
"...[M]uch to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the
means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so
plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass." --George
Does the saying, "Turning over in his grave come to mind"?
We have all had a hand in turning this great nation away from the clear
path this "Father of our Nation" and his brave countrymen set it upon.
Whether our hands are "on the wheel" of this mighty "ship" or we stand
with them in our pockets, we are guilty! An honest study
(which is not possible with the lying
textbooks pushed on our children) of these
mighty men, our forefathers, make the best of us look like Bad
What was President Washington saying by; "neglect the means?" At a
minimum, he was referring to the process
by which the people of this new nation would govern themselves
into the future . . . ELECTION PROCESS!
We have neglected the process for sure with a shameful average of
only 3% of the qualified voters actually deciding the outcome, and
thereby running the school.
This writer cringes every time,
regardless of the outcome, to see their
belief that 3% equals "support and confidence" from the community.
Though the recent numbers are rising, due largely to what we are
calling ballot Box "Stuffing,"
the percentage is still dismal.
BALLOT BOX STUFFING
Fact: For some years now, our school elections
have been skewed by carrying the ballot boxes around and setting them
up at various "special" events. This has resulted in the biggest
Borrow & Spend
bond-letting [blood-letting] by government schools in Texas state
history. Since the government school runs the election process, and
invariably wants every
& Spend, Big
School bond election to pass,
where do you think these boxes show up? The elementary school award
ceremonies and concerts are likely spots. The manipulation of our
treasured election process by these mere hirelings is SHAMEFUL! The
REAL majority will rarely vote themselves a tax increase, and
these hirelings know it, so they have been "stuffing" ballot boxes to
"steal" their victory. Shame
Already quite favorable to the idea of spending other people's money on
their own children, who will be reaping the benefits the longest, most
elementary school parents don't need convincing, JUST CONVENIENCE! And
these hirelings know just how to provide it. If there is even a shred
of conscience in the parent's mind, who could resist when little Johnny
after being pinned with a blue ribbon, or Mary from the applause after
her presentation? We will grant ignorance to some parents, though--as
the police officer will tell you--ignorance is no excuse. Some of these
parents are very young, and have lived with "convenience" elevated to
near deity for their entire life. Maybe some think that THIS
"convenience" is offered to every demographic group, but more
they just don't think!
The very FACT that this "convenience" is not made available and
logistically cannot be made available to every group equally may be the
"silver lining in this dark cloud" of shameful election tactics.
If you don't have a child in elementary school, just try to "crash the
in order to cast your vote in one of these floating ballot boxes.
Hopefully, brave patriots empowered by the
immorality of this injustice, and an army of angry voters will soon
confront this evil, and stop this abuse of our cherished democratic
process. If not, what could we see next, the return of the poll tax?
I wish I had captured a local man's face on film when he first heard
about this; a man who was born and raised in this district,
and graduated from this school, and said he; "votes in every
man who is normally quite reserved was visibly shocked and expressed
first disbelief, and then betrayal. And BETRAYAL is EXACTLY what
this is. This goes way beyond neglecting the process that President
Washington warned of; this is ballot Box Stuffing,
and this is wrong!
So how did this evil come upon us? Two words come to mind. We're Busy,
then Snoring. Shame on Us!
We think this BS also qualifies for
Voter Fraud, but unfortunately, there is more BS
to report in those categories. Stay tuned . . .