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How Much is a Job Worth? Chris Christie Announces the new Poster Boy of Greed and Arrogance

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Chris Christie is doing now what governors should have been doing for an entire century. He has guts and is willing to address tough subjects. Here is a recent video where he challenges a superintendent from his home district and the money that superintendent expects to be paid in salary. For perspective, keep in mind that Chris Christie, who is running an entire state only makes $175,000.

This is not a problem regulated to New Jersey. In Ohio, Kevin Bright Superintendent of the Mason School System was paid $146,728 in 2005, and now makes over $218,000 in 2010. Is he doing work more valuable than the Governor of a state?

This is how these budgets the schools are working with gets all out of control. Nobody is asking these people to work for free, but over 200K? To be paid more than a governor of a state?
Education can never be discussed realistically in a funding sense as long as there are people in the system that are willing to abuse the system and use children to do it.  And as long as there are people who are willing to look the other way and not discuss the value of a position, or to assert that the value of something is based on emotional concerns, all involved act with reckless irresponsibility. 

On the picture to the right, the highest paid governor of a state is California and is just over $200K a year.  Quite a few of them are making under 100K. 

Now consider that many tenured teachers are pushing that same figure, and they don’t have term limits like a governor.  They will stay on a districts budget for many years, and therefore taxpayers have to figure out how to pay them.  So are teachers saying that their work is comparable to running a state? 

Actually, they are.  I’ve recieved many letters where they actually believe that their work directly contributes to the success of a child’s future, and therefore is more important than the transitory work of a current politician.  And it is that type of arrogance that distorts all value, and creates a negotiation divide that is unrealistic.

So how do we fix it?   You have to tell them no, and what is acceptable.  You have to not allow them to manipulate you like children throwing a fit trying to embarrass you in a store, because they aren’t getting what they want. 

Taking away busing is just the kind of thing I’m talking about.  Why would you cut busing when all you’d have to do is freeze step increases for wages that are already over 50K per year, more than a fair enough wage.

Because they want to inconvenience the tax payers so they vote YES the next time.  If you want to fix it, you have to tell them no.   

Rich Hoffman



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  1. [...] have migrated too high to properly sustain, a fact that can no longer be overlooked. Case in point, Kevin Bright, superintendent of Mason Schools makes over $218,000 a year which is more than the gove… In fact, that’s more than any governor in the entire United States. Yet, somehow Mr. Bright [...]

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    November 21, 2010 at 6:56 pm

  3. [...] is one of the items taught at Levy University in Columbus to extort money from the community. Kevin Bright, superintendent of Mason has taught the class, so there is a local connection. He is the superintendent at Mason that currently makes more than [...]

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  5. [...] Because its a scam, where you pay a government agency at a wage greater than your own pay rate, for a service you could in almost every circumstance, do yourself.  Government doesn’t make anything, so they completely rely on tax dollars to supply their income.  So when government jobs pay in the ranges that are higher than private sector jobs, as Mr. Parks says in his statement, you’re stupid.  Your stupid because you are taking your job as a tax payer for granted and not performing to the task of a much needed regulator within the community.  Did you know that government workers make 45% more than private sector jobs?  Isn’t that stupid?  Yet we’re all responsible for saying yes at some point in the past.  [...]

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  7. [...] In 2011 I see that teachers are going to deal with this reality as well. Striking won’t help because there are too many job shortages, so teaching vacancies could quickly be filled with teachers that make far less than tenured teachers do. But it will be painful. During the Lakota Levy of 2010, a slight reduction in state funding caused a fiscal crisis at Lakota, because the step increase schedule was plotting the Lakota Budget on a perilous collision course. In 2011, that same step increase schedule is in place, but under the Kasich administration, public education funding may decrease another 15 to 20%. And local communities will not cover that large discrepancy with tax levies, because it doesn’t fix the problem and is a completely unreasonable cost to communities. It only buys a little more time for the tenured teachers to hopefully get to their own retirements while their pensions and wage rates are still intact. That is the desperation you hear from the head of the Police Union, it’s the realization that life as they have always believed it, is coming to an end. And that desperation is only a preview of the neurotic fits that public education employees will soon reveal. [...]

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  9. [...] People like Kasich are successful without politics. He doesn’t need the small wage of what an Ohio Governor makes. It’s not important to him to see his name on the signs welcoming people to the state, [...]

  10. [...] what it is. Mason has no right to play the guilt game with the citizens of its district. However, Kevin Bright is one of the highest paid superintendents for a reason. He’s has been one of the instructors of [...]

  11. [...] looked passionate, “That’s why Chris Christie is fighting the unions there so aggressively. I can say from experience that the unions put their own interests first and that’s what is [...]

  12. [...] 2011 Stacy Schuler will be fired from the Mason School District at their 7 pm school board meeting. Kevin Bright has made the announcement that he will recommend Stacy be fired, and the board will of course act on [...]

  13. [...] The residents of these states put Republicans in office to get the costs under control. Nobody wants… [...]

  14. [...] The OEA knows what it’s doing. It’s a shell game. They manage to obtain for their teachers above average wages so they can funnel some of that money into the higher education system. They also have to create the incentive for teachers to make more than enough money so they won’t suffer when they must pay their union dues, because the OEA needs that money to lobby elected officials and participate in the political system. [...]

  15. [...] are not looking at long political careers, golf games, and fancy dinners with powerful people.  In many cases like Kasich in Ohio, and Christie in New Jersey they are already successful and are no…, and that’s how it’s supposed to be.  Be bold, and fix our problems.  If the people don’t [...]

  16. [...] Of course the call to my phone was never made. Because they weren’t interested in the kind of person I’d hire. They are looking for another suck-ass manipulator that will get a levy passed in a very reform minded Southern Ohio market. Notice they still haven’t found one. Because those people aren’t out there, and nobody like Kevin Bright, which is what the firm is looking for, wants to come here. Those types of people are l… [...]

  17. [...] I know Doc has extended the offer to come on WLW to many superintendents to defend themselves and a…. They are playing politics, hoping that people will just go back to sleep and pass their levies, and that the education money machine will always take care of them. [...]

  18. [...] Now, to me, those are wonderful benefits. I think it is extremely generous. And what I expect a pers… [...]

  19. [...] What is happening in states like Ohio, New Jersey, and Wisconsin are people like myself, who are abs… [...]

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