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LazyCommunist
Member
Sun Feb 11 04:59:30
http://boingboing.net/2018/02/07/this-is-not-ok.html

Oklahoma schools go on 4-day weeks so teachers can work at Walmart on Mondays to make rent

Wed Feb 7, 2018

In 1992, Oklahoma passed a ballot initiative saying that the state could only raise taxes with a three quarters majority in the state assembly, creating a one-way ratchet where every tax cut becomes effectively permanent, including the sweetheart deals cut for frackers and the deep cuts to taxes on the wealthiest residents of the state.

As a result, the state is going broke. Teachers haven't gotten a raise in 10 years and the only way they can afford to accept the pay -- third-worst in the nation -- is by negotiating a four-day school week in 90 districts, freeing teachers up to take jobs at Walmart on Mondays to make ends meet.

Teachers are fleeing the state in droves, including the Teacher of the Year, who quit his job in 2016 shortly after receiving his award, taking a better-paid teaching job in a neighboring state (the Dallas school system actively recruits Oklahoma teachers with Oklahoma City hiring booths).

Teachers are especially hard hit: their health plan was replaced with a private system that eats up more than $1000/month for a family of three -- one teaching aide was actually paying to work her job, spending $200/month more on health insurance than she was paid in salary. Teachers make ends meet with public housing vouchers and food stamps, and school food-bank drives sometimes give their leftovers to hungry teachers and their families.

It's not just teachers: the highway patrol has been given orders not to completely fill their gas-tanks at the pump, to help with state cash-flow; drunk drivers go free because there is no one available to process their tickets, and the prison system is on the verge of collapse.


No fact embarrasses Oklahomans more, or repels prospective businesses more, than the number of cash-strapped districts that have gone to four-day weeks. Yet even such a radical change may not help finances much. Paul Hill, a professor of education at the University of Washington, Bothell, estimates that the savings are “in the 1 or 2% range at most”. That sliver is still important to Kent Holbrook, superintendent of public schools in Inola (the self-styled “Hay Capital of the World”). “In my mind, that’s five or six teachers,” says Mr Holbrook. Already, from 2008 to 2016, he has lost 11 teachers from a corps that once numbered 100. He has also had to reduce Spanish classes and, for the tenth year running, delay buying new textbooks.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Sun Feb 11 08:44:43

Sounds like they need to change a few laws.

I wonder if they will ever think of that little solution.

Cthulhu
Tentacle Rapist
Sun Feb 11 14:52:55
What? Are you actually supporting them increasing their taxes rod?!?!?!?!?!?
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sun Feb 11 15:00:12
once again, robbing rich people seems the clear solution
Paramount
Member
Sun Feb 11 15:09:40
Looks like you need a hero with a sword and horse to fix things in your country.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Sun Feb 11 16:45:57

Maybe they could have a paper sale.

Wrath of Orion
Member
Sun Feb 11 17:31:14
"Looks like you need a hero with a sword and horse to fix things in your country."

We are currently trying a Cheeto with Twitter, but it's not working.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Sun Feb 11 18:10:19

What we need is for the dems to help out instead of acting like a roadblock.

Cold Rod
Member
Sun Feb 11 18:11:33
"What we need is for the dems to help out instead of acting like a roadblock."

Obama was president. Repubs blocked just about everything, so EO's had to be utilized. Hot Rod praises.

Trump is president with a majority house, senate and somehow dems are blocking things. Yet hot rod complains.

LOL You fucking moron.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Sun Feb 11 18:19:49

You are too stupid to try to explain anything too.

Go back to playing with yourself.

Wrath of Orion
Member
Sun Feb 11 18:28:35
Cold Rod has a valid point, Hypocrite Rod.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Sun Feb 11 18:34:15

And you have a point too.

It is the tip of the dunce cap that you consistently wear.

Cold Rod
Member
Sun Feb 11 18:42:00
lol hot rod you're a moron. you've always have been. lol
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Sun Feb 11 18:46:51

And your head is so big you left your brains in the womb when you had to squeeze through it.

Cold Rod
Member
Sun Feb 11 18:55:46
Lol, hot rod is so dumb.
obaminated
Member
Sun Feb 11 19:18:17
Popular opinion will shift and teachers will get more money.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Sun Feb 11 19:21:54

Sad. Oh so very, very sad.

Don't you wish that you were the slightest bit creative?

Hot Rod
Revved Up
Sun Feb 11 19:23:28

My last was for cr.

Obviously.

Hot Rod
Revved Up
Sun Feb 11 19:25:23

MT, I hope you are right. They deserve it.

Hot Rod
Revved Up
Sun Feb 11 20:42:34

I guess the guys wearing the dunce caps capitulated and ran away.

Oh well, they aren't creative and had nothing to offer anyway.

Wrath of Orion
Member
Sun Feb 11 21:16:10
While pointing out your hypocrisy isn't creative, it is certainly a valid offering. One you have no counter to since you absolutely know what a hackish, hypocritical piece of shit you are.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Sun Feb 11 22:26:32

That is the nicest thing you ever posted about me.


I certainly hope that you are not gay because I don't swing that way. I really hate to see you so disappointed, but I can't help your proclivities if that is your thing.

All I ask is for you to not chase me around the forum smelling my ass like a puppy dog.






Cold Rod
Member
Sun Feb 11 22:29:07
pedophile back to his old tricks again. what a sick fuck you are.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Mon Feb 12 05:59:48

What a non-creative person you are. Hell, you can't even think of a good tag. You have to play off of mine.

QUIT SMELLING MY ASS YOU PERVERT.

Cold Rod
Member
Mon Feb 12 06:21:28
Careful, im sure you're near a day care, school, or church. Don't want you to get reported for violating the sex offender registry.
hood
Member
Mon Feb 12 07:50:17
I like that hot rod has been listening to me, using the "at least be creative" retort.

Unfortunately, aping someone else isn't all that creative.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Mon Feb 12 08:22:31

You got that from me shithead. I've been using it for over a year.

hood
Member
Mon Feb 12 08:25:00
Has it been that long since I pointed out, repeatedly, how terrible your insults are? Time flies. Damn.
Wrath of Orion
Member
Mon Feb 12 09:19:15
Rape Rod now appears to be heading down the Fucking Retard road of projecting his disturbing sexual fantasies onto forum posters.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Mon Feb 12 11:09:18

As I said,

QUIT SMELLING MY ASS YOU PERVERT.

Wrath of Orion
Member
Mon Feb 12 12:07:56
Thanks for further proving my point. You really need help.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Mon Feb 12 19:45:45

LOL, as I said.

No creativity dunce.

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