Taking a page out of Supervisor Virginia Bass’s book, Ryan Sundberg went into full-on pandering mode on Facebook with this idiotic post about teachers salaries:
As a savvy young lady named Shel Barsanti pointed out to Sundberg that its not necessarily teachers’ salaries – which, on average, are much higher than the average household income in Humboldt – that are driving up taxes. It’s the unfunded liabilities associated with their kick-ass pension plans. Plans that, as a private citizen, would have to be worth millions to provide a return on par with what teachers are receiving.
Sundberg – like Sue Long over in Fortuna – has no idea what big words like unfunded pension liabilities mean, so we’ll take it easy on him.
But, lastly, we also want to point out that his wife, Kim, is a teacher – so demanding that she gets a higher salary seems a little self-serving to us.
And while the Facebook post (which we faithfully recreated below) that Sundberg regurgitated raises some interesting points, we don’t think it really made the case that he was hoping for. The comparisons made in . For example, the average teacher’s salary is higher than $50,000.00. Not to mention that the numbers thrown out in the post are wildly imaginative.
As most teachers are contracted to work 6 1/2 hours per day, and using the 180 days of work as our measuring stick per the FB post, a teacher making even the “measly” national average of $50,000 pencils out to $42.67 per hour. So, what’s the complaint again?
But hey – maybe these folks demanding higher raises at the detriment to the children they purport to live for, and the people like Sundberg, are in the wrong profession. If it were as simple to make so much money baby sitting as the post suggests, they are welcome to make the switch.
Although we’d argue that Ryan is perhaps more in need of a babysitter than he is qualified to be one.
The post in question:
Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do – babysit! That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That …would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to……… 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan– that equals 6 1/2 hours). Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations. LET’S SEE…. That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year. Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!
The average teacher’s salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) WHAT A DEAL!!!!
Heaven forbid we take into account highly qualified teachers or NCLB..
Standing up for our children’s educators, one of the most important people in our kids lives.