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>Ridgewood Schools : I’m also a bit miffed at when given the choice of not getting a raise one year in order to save some jobs, the union voted no.

>While I’m not sure of the accuracy of the posts on this blog,it also saddens me to hear that music and the arts will be cut while athletics are barely touched.

I’m also a bit miffed at when given the choice of not getting a raise one year in order to save some jobs, the union voted no. (Actually, that decision will save the taxpayer more money in the long run. Ask anyone in the private sector about losing headcount and then trying to replace it. Oh, silly me – I forgot – different rules apply.) Private sector workers are told, “No raises this year, the match to your 401K has been eliminated, your contribution to health insurance has increased while the co-pays have also increased.

Teachers who post on this blog seem to think that most of the taxpayer resentment is aimed at them. I don’t think that’s true at all. The really good teachers are worth twice their salaries; unfortunately tenure has kept some really poor teachers in the system so the whole system should be reconsidered.

An old friend who was an excellent teacher and retired from a principal’s post told me that she became anti-tenure. She said tenure forced her to keep poor performers who could have been replaced by two enthusiatic teachers who would be grateful to get their chance to inspire children.

Joe and Mary Taxpayer are up against some challenging times requiring some tough choices and positions. Public employees are also unfortunate consquence of the times. It just took longer to affect them.

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