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Beth Brodie: you appear to be acting out in anger, not rationality. Your prior contract, that the NEA negotiated, spoke of paying teachers the "middle of the middle" but that contract is over. The BEA took a harsh, take no prisoners approach to the proposed contract and the school board could not accommodate their demands within the very real constraints on their budget. Yet they still delivered a pay rate which is above the "middle of the middle."
Are you upset that the administrators that have to deal with you get paid for doing so? By your own admission you are paid more than most teachers in the county. The independent fact finder did not have to balance the school's district's budget. Tell us, without all the dramatic outrage: What is so unfair about the school board's proposal? You have no choice to strike? . . Why? The BEA says it's not about money . . it is ego? Do you want to trash the education system in Burlington until someone will give you some little gold stars on your forehead?
Mark Lade, you are flat out wrong. See if for yourself here: http://district.bsd.schoolfusion.us/module…
See Page 7.
Burlington School teacher's median pay for FY16 was $71,624 + $1,900 average salary increase for FY17 = $73,524/yr for 9 months of work. That is equivalent to a 12 month salary of $98,000+.
Just stickin' to the facts . .
Teacher's Union to Burlington Students, Parents & Taxpayers:
GIMMIE another $400 /yr, on top of the $1,900 you already did, or we are going to trash your schools and leave your students on the sidewalk. How are we supposed to get by on $74,000+ /yr??
Sen. Sanders buys Lear Jet with campaign funds and changes his position to support for Fracking. "Man, that fracked gas makes my jet go fast!"
The difficulty Bernie is having controlling his delegates and the tone of the comments posted here demonstrates how negative Bernie’s campaign truly was. A campaign slogan of “Feel the Bern” is not positive, it’s violent. The Bernie Bros are a classic example - righteous, disruptive, violent. When Bernie proclaimed his campaign was “going to get messy,” he was egging on the more violent sector of his followers. Bernie’s entire campaign theme has been righteous opposition to the Democratic Party. The behavior of Bernie’s delegates at the Nevada convention, as well as the national convention illustrates that he is not bringing new voters to the Democratic Party, he has brought people who oppose democracy to the arena. They are booing Elizabeth Warren and Bernie himself. Looks like Bernie bit off more than he can chew. That’s the problem with bringing 1,000 rattlesnakes to a party - - it’s exciting at first, then it turns south fast.
The Burlington Police, led by their new big city chief are simply refusing to do their job. There is nothing about the Dallas shooting that suggests that Burlington is next, or in line for being targeted ever. How many cops does it take to write up an accident report, or ticket a speeder? Whatever the number was, it just doubled. So now we’ll have one cop doing their job while the other one sips coffee. No doubt, next we’ll hear the plea for more cops because there aren’t enough to sip coffee, er, I mean . . take accident reports from fender benders.
The reason cops got killed in Dallas isn’t because there wasn’t another cop standing next to them. Doubling up patrols would appear to put more cops at risk, not less. What an stupid response, honestly!
The problem with housing in Chittenden County is not a lack of supply, it is an inflation of expectations. People want giant homes and don’t want to live with each other anymore. 2 bedroom apts are renting to couples and even single people who want a guest room or home office. It is very difficult to rent 3-4 bedroom apts even when the all-in rent/utilities per bedroom is below $650/mo. Used to be a family of 6 would get by in a 3 bed/1 bath, now they NEED 5 bed/3 bath and the government to pay for it for them. Supply is not the problem and these housing organizations seeking taxpayer money to overbuild our community are not solving any problem. A home is just a place to sleep and eat, not a place to shoot your own personal episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
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