Teachers getting paid for their summers off


In national news, President Obama said he wants to put an end to the backlash against teachers who don’t work in the summer by paying them to do so. His plan calls for compensating the time it takes to create lesson plans, attend workshops and conferences, read, and prepare for the school year during June and July.

 President Obama noted in a primetime speech on education, “The misconception is that teachers get paid in the summer. The truth is that summer for teachers is unpaid leave. It’s comparable to what happens to an employee being investigated for a crime. Take two months while we investigate your crimes, sucker, and by the way, we’re not paying you for it either.”

 “Finally,” second-year science teacher Billy Leston noted, “someone in power is doing some myth-busting. The first year teaching salary here is $36,000. If I worked AND got paid for June and July, then I would make $42,000. Whoopee whoop. Really? I have a four-year degree and a year of interning. Hell, even with a master’s, I’d only make $500 more. Oh well, at least it’s something.”

 In year-round schools, the funds will be available for teachers who work in the break times between semesters, since these teachers cannot supplement their incomes with summer work. A recent survey revealed that 78% of public school teachers who are not in session in June and July work a second job during that time.

“If I hear another ignorant asshole bitch about how teachers have the summer off, I will be doing some jail time,” Dorothy Anders, a career 4th grade teacher, said. “Having the summer off with no pay for it is called not having a job! Every summer, I don’t have a job! Well, actually I do, since I work at the Dollar General to get my son through college.”

Partial funding for the program will come from the interest collected from payback damages that oil, bank, and investment companies are making for their egregious errors in environmental, social, and financial disaster perpetrated on the public.

“That whole merit-pay thing I’ve been pushing,” President Obama said, “I’ve had second thoughts about it. I think we need to research it more first. So we’ll put our funds in this plan instead. The American people deserve it.”

Another source of funding will come from fines imposed on Fox news commentators for every anti-education  lie, math mistake, and illogical syllogism shittily drawn on a blackboard or other communication device, such as a TV screen.



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13 responses to “Teachers getting paid for their summers off

  1. I wonder if this payment during the summer is handled differently from state to state. When I was teaching, I opted for 12 month pay which stretched my paycheck over 12 months. So i was essentially getting paid less during the school year so that I could recieve a paycheck during the summer months. The summer paycheck was not the same amount, but it was something. I would still get a supplemental job.

    Funny enough I just blogged about teachers not getting paid comparable to the work they do….check it out.

  2. givesgoodemail

    I guess it depends upon which rubber ruler you use to measure the issue.

    Teachers get a yearly salary of, say, $X a year. That’s how much you get over the course of a year, whether you teach 6, 9, or 12 months. To say that a teacher is unemployed in the summertime is misleading. Some teachers get their annual salary paid over 9 months, some get it over 12 months. In either case, teachers usually work through the summer on material that will be used in the following school year.

    In neither case is a teacher unemployed during the summer.

  3. Some people truly dont get it do they? I have a relative who is a teacher and she goes on unemployment during the summer, if she doesnt pick up a 2nd gig. And most teachers are under-paid for their experience and what they have to endure on the job (its like working in a group home except teaching them something goes along with the babysitting). Their salaries sometimes dont even match a retail managers at Wal-Mart.

    Some teachers are so devoted to the children- the art of teaching that all this doesnt matter. Those are the ones that I want to give a great big (((hug)))~*

    I think this change would be good.

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  5. Roxy

    We teachers are so diligent. When I do some “different kind of work” in the summer, I think of it as “vacation.” Scoring 2,000 AP exams over a 7-day period to me is fun. Many times we don’t consciously think about all the work we do when we’re not in the classroom, but it’s in the “hell of a lot” range.

  6. Mrs. McGillicuddy

    Hey, wait a minute! I thought that the pay that I was getting through the summer was the rest of the money that they owed me for the work I did between Sepptember and June??? If it’s not my money, then whose money is it? Are they gonna make me pay it all back? OMG,…

  7. Miss Crabtree

    Duke: Teacher tenure is an administration/management responsibility. If they would do their flipping jobs during the 2-3 years that new teachers are probationary, then they would not end up with a few ineffective teachers who are still hanging around after 5-10 years. They apparently may not know an effective teacher from an ineffective teacher or else they are just too lazy and unmotivated to do what it takes to evaluate the person out of the profession. It ain’t rocket science. The rest of us can see that Ms. Kumquat cannot teach her way out of a paperbag. Why do they fail to see this or act on this or follow the established procedure to document her failings? In my distirct, they cannot even follow the steps laid out in the evaluation manual without messing up or giving up. Arrrgh!

    • duke1959

      Your right and then there is the not so small issue of the unions. My sister says ( one of her few bits of wisdom) if people really want to do something they will. If not the excuses will come.

  8. Do you think students and teachers in the U.S. would benefit with changes some have argued would improve the learning/teaching environment? (i.e. year-round classes, days adjusted to start later in the mornings and end later in the afternoons, etc.)
    Ronald Grey
    P.S. We’re already friends on Facebook; are you also on Twitter?

    • Ronald–It’s teachingwhore on Twitter. Thanks for your comment. Yep, schools would benefit from change, but along the lines of what Ken Robinson talked about in the famous video (Changing Education Paradigms) hopping around the Internet right now–redesign of the whole school concept. I would not teach year-round school because our pay would not increase, and that would mean I could not work the extra job in the summer that keeps me afloat. Now, if they increased the pay….

  9. duke1959

    You are right. Due process is important.

  10. duke1959

    This whole education thing is like this notion of a National Healthcare System. We don’t have one of those. We have a series of regional,state and local systems. Growing up around teachers there are things that need to be changed. The top for me is tenure. An employee can be with a company and get fired for bad performance but in most systems teachers with tenure cannot be touched.

    • Thanks for commenting. I agree, in part. Tenured teachers can be–and should be–touched. It only takes due process: putting the teacher on a plan of improvement and firing him/her if it doesn’t work. In my experience, admin has been too lazy to even try it. Good teachers want bad teachers gone. We will not support them, and we only wish admin would do its job, like we do ours.

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