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Subject:  Re: Is the pension worth it? Date:  8/21/2005  12:03 AM
Author:  mcreilly Number:  47323 of 78166

Now that is not really fair.... she didn't enter the job for the pension. She stays in it mostly for the kids but she knows how much strain it puts on her mentally. She teaches in a large public school system where a significant percentage of the kids don't speak English, many of the families are on public assistance, and few take an active role in supporting their child's education at home. It is a struggle to get the parents to even show up for Parent-Teacher conferences.

The city has had its regular legislative session, plus two additional "special" sessions, and they still have not come up with a school budget for this year. The last proposed budget included a $500 raise for teachers, and textbooks for students that otherwise would have none. Even that didn't make it.