This is how a local teacher expresses disagreement. So mature.
Rebecca Maki Glaser, a math teacher at Greenspun Jr. High, posted the above picture (of Governor Brian Sandoval who is resisting tax increases and wants to cut education spending down to pre-recession levels) to her Facebook profile and claimed on the Facebook group "Nevadans for Funding Education" that she has put the sign on her car.
Disagree with the Governor all you want, that is fine, but don't call names. It is easy to vilify your political opponents... but it is much harder to try and comprehend their rationality. Maybe, just maybe, he's opposing more spending on education because new funds would be spent in ways that don't improve education (and thus wasted)?
Given our past spending history (a 180 percent inflation adjusted increase in per-pupil spending over the last 50 years), I think it is very reasonable to assume more spending will only be wasted on more jobs for adults rather than an actual education for students.
On a side note:
Glasser cost Nevada and Las Vegas area taxpayers $77,046 in 2009 (salary and benefits - latest data available) and it makes me wonder if she's worth that much. Maybe she is a good math teacher, but when it comes to maturity she has about as much as her 7th grade students...
By the way, Glasser's base pay of $66,003 in 2009 is 78.4 percent higher than the average Nevadan's income (income per-capita in Nevada is $36,997 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis).
Dr. Mark Jiminez, who run's the Nevadans for Funding Education page on Facebok incorrectly claims that Nevada spends just $5,000 per pupil. Nevada's actual spending is between $8,600 and $9,000 per pupil (excluding capital costs and debt repayment) in the 2007-08 school year (latest data available for national comparison). Dr. Jiminez cost taxpayers $65,076 in 2009 - his salary has since gone up considerably because he earned an Ed.D in 2009.
Both of these teachers are well paid for their services (though we don't know if they are any good at their job, and even if we did, we couldn't get rid of them if they turned out to be terrible teachers). It bothers me that such well paid individuals (far more than the average Nevada) complain about taxing other people so they can increase funding to their own jobs while they simultaneously oppose every meaningful reform meant to ensure we use the scarce resources wisely.
I'm sorry, they may be the most caring individuals in the world, but this strikes me as pure, unadulterated self-interest. A self-interest that is harming students because of substandard education quality.
I'd also like to remind you that paying teachers more money to have extra degrees is a waste of money as advanced degrees are not correlated with student achievement.