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Re: What is the problem TRS?
I agree. I started teaching in 1972 and retired after 30 years. I assumed that I would be taken care of by TRS. Yes, there are band directors making $100,000 and I don't begrudge them that. I wish TRS would do something to help us teachers that started teaching early and taught for $6500 our first year. I taught just as many hours as the ones making better salaries now. If the cost of living keeps going up but our TRS monthly money, I wonder what we are going to do in 15 years? Scary.
Hello!!! Yes, I am entitled to this because I paid into it for more than 30 years. That is what it is there for. No, I did not invest in other things because I was never paid enough money to do much of anything other than pay my bills, put food on the table and help pay for things for my band and my students! My first year of teaching I was paid $4,600. FOR THE YEAR. After 36 years, I was paid $56,000. and that was in part, because I hold a MM and a DMA. Our school did not even pay extra for the doctorate, however, they paid for every 12 hours over the Masters (loop hole).
I know band directors that make well over 100K now - great, they are worth it. However, so are the middle and small school directors that make half of that!
I gave my life to my work and I paid money so that when I retired I would NOT have to work or worry about paying my bills or buying food... yes, I fill entitled because I paid my share and I did the work and gave the State of Texas a lot more than they ever gave me.
I'm happy you have so much money that you can put some into other things, most teachers do not and those of us that taught for peanuts (I started in 1969) and a pat on the back, NEVER had anything 'extra'.
Maybe you can tell I am trying to be really nice in my comments... but your attitude is what is wrong with the system. All my life I was taught that if you work hard and you pay your 'dues' then you can retire and enjoy life and not worry. It is not entitlement, it is pay back of what you have earned.