Trashlive Puts Out Fake News On Teacher’s Salaries To Get People To Turn On Their Children’s Teachers While Gaining Cheap Page Views
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Masslive continues to be one of the trashiest news outlets that has ever existed:
Oh look, they’re intentionally putting out misleading information for the sole purpose of getting people to turn on their children’s teachers. This is just what the mainstream media does. People shit on Turtleboy because our opinions are “controversial.” But a big difference between Turtleboy and Masslive is that we don’t try to hide what we’re doing. We just come out and tell you how we feel about something. Masslive throws a burning match on a ball of gasoline and then sits back and watches as people argue over who started the fire.
Teacher salaries vary greatly across Massachusetts, from the top paying district with an average salary of more than $100,000 to one that pays less than $44,000 a year. Massachusetts is the fifth highest paying state for public school teachers at $76,442 on average in 2016, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Public schools in Carlisle, a town northwest of Boston, tops the list. The district paid its 54 full-time equivalent teachers a total of $5,423,187 – an average salary of $100,803. Worthington, a tiny community in Hampshire County, had the lowest average statewide. The average salary at the community’s elementary school was $43,853, according to the most recent salary data available.
First of all, these numbers are intentionally misleading. Veteran teachers get paid more. For all we know Carlisle has an abnormal amount of veteran teachers. We can’t know for sure because Trashlive made the choice not to research that far. So we did it for them, since Concord-Carlisle’s teacher’s contract is readily available online (as are all teacher contracts):
If the average teacher in Carlisle makes over $100,000, it means that the vast majority of them have been there for at least 15 years and have Master’s Degrees plus credits. That’s because it’s a great district and probably has very little turnover, unlike urban schools where turnover is high because the clientele is more challenging. If you have a MBA and you’re working for the same company for 15 years and you’re not making AT LEAST this much, then you’re a sucker.
As far as teacher contracts goes, this is a pretty good one. They obviously have good leadership in their union. Plus, it’s a wealthy, heavily liberal community, so obviously they’re gonna support their teachers and they generally don’t have a big issue with paying more in taxes in order to do so. And in return Concord-Carlisle is one of the highest performing districts in the state year after year, so they’re obviously getting a good return on their investment.
But look at that chart for a first year teacher. If you come in with a Master’s Degree you $56K. Big deal. In the private sector a Master’s Degree is worth far more than that. A PhD gets you $64K. Once again, that’s far less than someone with a PhD would be worth in the private sector.
Oh, and where do we expect teachers to live? This district is one of the wealthiest and most expensive towns to live in in the state. It’s surrounded by places like Westford, Acton, Lincoln, Sudbury, Lexington, Wayland, and Burlington. Property value in those towns is INSANE. Good luck finding a house on a $100,000 salary in Carlisle. Are all teachers supposed to live in Worcester or Lawrence and commute to the wealthy suburbs to work every day? Are teachers respected professional or hired help?
For the record, the median salary in this state for teachers is…..
Yea, much lower.
It’s just such bullshit how MSM outlets continue to post teacher and cop salaries for the sole intention of turning people on each other by appealing to some of the dumbest people society has to offer. It works every time:
Newsflash – teachers don’t get paid during the summer. Vacations aren’t really vacations. They’re forced furloughs. Teachers don’t have the option to work then and get paid. If they did many would take it, which is why so many teachers have second jobs.
And when do people think their children’s tests are graded, lessons are planned, and parents are contacted with concerns? During magic time? Nope. Teachers are doing that during their unpaid free time. And ya see all those supplies in the classroom? Guess who’s not paying for that? You. Because most teachers stock and supply their classroom completely out of pocket. Many spend well over $1,000 a year, but can only claim $250 on their taxes.
Then there’s this:
Yea good point Justin. If you don’t have kids in school you shouldn’t have to pay taxes that go to public schools. Kind of like how I haven’t had to call the cops once this year, so why should I pay their salaries? Oh, and my house didn’t light on fire so I want a refund from the fire department too. See how stupid you sound?
Here’s another thing – Masslive and other MSM outlets post stuff like this to increase their following on social media. Turtleboy’s Facebook pages grew so fast because so many people interacted with posts. When you interact with a Facebook post your entire friends list sees it. Then people start following that page because most of us like to bust out the popcorn and watch people yell at each other. That’s exactly what Masslive did here. This is nothing more than a lame attempt to pick up cheap followers.
The bottom line is that if teachers were getting some great deal with a high paying job where you only have to work half the year, then everyone would be lining up to be a teacher. Instead over 50% of new teachers leave the profession after three years. Because you couldn’t pay me enough to be a teacher, and unlike Trashlive we have all the respect in the world for those that chose to pursue this honorable profession.