Teachers play an important role by virtue of their part time job where they are supposed to be educating our youth, although the 30 to 40% drop out rate in this state may belie those efforts.
But here's a clue, clue-getters: WE ARE IN A HORRIFIC RECESSION. AND AS MUCH AS YOU THINK YOU'RE WORTH, YOU'RE NOT WORTH ANY MORE THEN ANYONE ELSE.
Were it in my control, all government employees at any level, elected or no, would take an immediate 25% cut to their pay an benefits.
Government employees generally and teachers specifically have precisely zero right to be upset with their pay. Presumably, those whining the loudest about their compensation DID have the opportunity to review it BEFORE they took the job?
Well, that whiny, sniveling putz of a teacher was babbling about how failing to give her a million dollars a year or so "disrespected" her because of how tough she had it and her education and qualifications, yaddah... yaddah... yaddah.
Chris Christie, who I would want as president if I could wave a magic wand, said this:
At the end of the day, Gov. Christie nailed it: if all of you working for the people, regardless of your position but ESPECIALLY teachers, don't like what we pay you... then quit.
It's simple, really.