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Recently, my wife and I met with the local high school principal and metal shop teacher to inquire as to why our son’s metal shop class had not had any shop time for several weeks. We were informed that due to vandalism to the shop facilities by the students during class time, the students were no longer allowed to weld or work in the shop. When asked why the shop facilities have not been repaired and the students been given the opportunity to develop their metal shop skills, I was asked by the metal shop teacher “would you work for free?” I then inquired if he would help my son get caught up on his projects if the shop was eventually made operational to which he responded “No, I put in my 8 hours…” The metal shop teacher then pointed to the main high school structure and commented that unlike the classroom teachers, he has put in extra time in the past — but no more.
Like many in the private sector, I work about 60 to 70 hours a week for 48 weeks of the year to generate the taxes to pay the teachers and school administrator’s salaries, benefits and pensions. At my company, my job performance is driven by the results I deliver. Based on the principal’s apparent endorsement of the metal shop teacher’s comments, the faculty at the El Dorado High School District are only to work 40 hours a week for 36 weeks of the year and their evaluations are a function of their intentions.
The California Teachers Association’s death grip on this State has yielded the highest cost to the taxpayer per student in the nation yet produced the lowest test scores. I, for one, refuse to be enslaved any longer and am joining the 3,000 people per week with an average income of $72,000 per year leaving California and moving to another state. The 3,000 people a week moving into California have an average income of $2,000 a year and can pay the State employees’ salaries, early retirement pensions and medical benefits. Oh wait a minute, those people moving into the state don’t pay any taxes; they receive their benefits from the government too.