Re: Director Burnout
Posted by Pull the other one. on 4/22/2021, 4:01 pm, in reply to "Re: Director Burnout"
So.. in your post, you say: |
"You get 13 weeks unpaid vacation" .. no, we don't. Teachers have to maintain certifications and do professional development and work quite a bit over those "13 weeks" - which for a district that ends the school year in the last week of May or first week of June, and returns to school in the first week of August for inservice, is really closer to about 10 weeks (June and July). So we're working off the clock during our "vacation" time to maintain our ability to work on the clock. Your argument is invalid.
Not required to respond? Ignore emails or phone calls from your principal in June and July, see what happens. That's all I'm going to say.
Yes, teachers in the major metros start at 50k plus. You know how much an average apartment costs in Dallas? According to a quick Google, the average rent for an apartment in Dallas is $1,263. Houston is $1,116. Take that 50k, divide by 12 to get a bit above 4k a month, take out 25% for taxes, insurance, and TRS, deduct the average rent, and you're sitting at about $2k a month to pay car, phone, lights, gas, water, internet, and food - assuming you don't need any clothing or have any bills like student loans to pay for too. It's not a living wage unless you have someone to share bills with, or unless you simply live without some/all of the above. And god forbid you get sick and/or have other unexpected bills.
Every other field I know of requiring a college degree has a higher entry level salary. Teaching pays "okay" at best. The fact that you can earn more as a journeyman plumber with three years experience than you can as a teacher with twenty tells you all you need to know.
Finally - you can say "you can't lose your job" but all it takes is ONE administrator to make your life a living hell. Stupid or not. And with the way the evaluation systems are written, they can basically find a way to non-renew anyone they want at the end of any school year, if they are diligent enough to manufacture enough evidence during the year. I've seen it happen to some friends and colleagues of mine - quality teachers, great people, but because their principal didn't like them, they were out on their behind in June. Since Texas teachers are forbidden to unionize, there's virtually no protection in these cases, and teachers in this position are SOL.