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  1. 4 points
    Or you just wait a year or two and do nothing and the licensing will change again. When I got my license initially under Rules 2002, we had to create a portfolio showing something (I never did it because I did not find a teaching job right away) but by the time I landed a job, the portfolio was already scrapped.
  2. 4 points
    It was one reason why my wife and I chose to leave the state. Love Indiana and Indiana Football, but the teaching load and lack of salary accompanying it weren't something that I wanted to support my family on. In Michigan, I teach fewer students each day, for $12,000 more a year at a public school, and thats with a pay scale that continues to increase. The biggest issue for many Indiana schools is that teacher pay is tied to enrollment. If your a young teacher that gets hired for $35k your school's enrollment is stagnant or shrinking you may never receive a raise. As a teacher, I've dedicated my life to kids, but I didn't take a vow of poverty nor do I consider myself a missionary. We are professionals and should be paid accordingly. Not crazy amounts, but in accordance to the degrees we have and the amount of work that we do.
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    I teach economics. I work multiple side jobs, including one very visible one as the broadcaster for one of the five professional sports teams in Indianapolis. I basically work as an extra staff member in our athletic department running our website and broadcasts. I worked for a newspaper for nine years. I think I know the importance of businesses to our community, given we discuss it ALMOST EVERY DAY in class. These requirements are beyond insulting and essentially show the legislature is listening to the Chamber of Commerce instead of the Department of Education. The CoC is much more influential in dictating education policy than the DoE. I don't blame Jennifer McCormick for stepping away, but I wish she would remain. She's been the biggest advocate for teachers, but she's beyond frustrated with the actions of the legislature, which is controlled BY HER OWN PARTY. It's disgusting and insulting.
  4. 2 points
    Only 105 days until the first football friday.
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    Civil War portfolio for my 8th graders. Today they are working on making biography cards for Union and Confederates. Pretty much self lead for me.
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    Is it bad that we are teachers and this is how we are spending our time?? It's the end of the year is a good excuse....
  8. 2 points
    So many teachers logged in from yesterday through today, it crashed the system. lol
  9. 2 points
    Pike High School currently has multiple social studies openings. We are looking for someone interested in coaching Middle School Football with the potential of quickly moving up to freshman or varsity position in the near future or if an opening pops up on our staff between now and the season. Pike high school gives teaching years experience and has excellent benefits. Contact peecheverria@pike.k12.in.us if interested.
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    Many, especially inner city ones, are now HEAVILY reliant on voucher money.
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    I have a family member that is an teacher at an Indiana public school and the things see tells me blows my mind sometimes about the ineptness and poor management of resources. The substitute teacher situation is a "laughing stock" as well. Tax payer money should not be funneled to private schools, the taxes need to go to public schools.
  14. 2 points
    I also need to add Daniels as a person that has hurt the Indiana public school system as well
  15. 1 point
    I'm half middle, half high school and it's basically a study hall with assignments as I choose.
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    Don't forget you can professionalize your license 1 time during your career. That is a 10 year license, not 4 or 5 for normal renewal. I professionalized the last time I renewed. Then I had enough and got out of teaching after 18 years and went to work in private industry. Best career move I could have made. Doubled my pay, better insurance, way, way, way better retirement benefits and get this........I am treated well and like a professional! I just could take public education anymore. Not the profession I went into many years ago. Good luck my education friends.......don't think it will get much better. May improve some but once you lose benefits, rights, etc. they tend to never come back. Idiots in Indy make sure of that.
  20. 1 point
    I just did too, even though my license doesn't expire until 2023. Still awaiting some answers.
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    As I am just finishing up my second year teaching, I am currently looking and applying into other professions. Where I see myself and want myself to be in 10, 20, or 30 years, teaching cannot get me there. Pathetic I have to choose between mine and my future families well being vs the growth and well being of students. Thankfully, I was hired in at the right time and last year was the first year everyone got a raise. Before that the corporation went 6 years without a raise WITH insurance costs increasing. I encourage all of us to put your foot down if you feel so inclined. Nothing will change unless there is drastic change from our corner.
  23. 1 point
    Howard gets Patton and Mussolini confused all the time. He has both of their Rookie Year playing cards in his Authoritarian All-Stars collection....
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    And usually its not declining because students are choosing to go to a charter or private school! So the argument of "be a better school" does not apply!
  26. 1 point
    Meanwhile, they increased funding for charter and voucher schools several orders of magnitude higher than the increase in public school funding. Rural schools are getting hammered because their enrollment is declining.
  27. 1 point
    Ok so I'm trying to think to myself why would the state require this of teachers? I guess to get more involved in the community, maybe? My question is if the state want to require PGP points come from specific areas of concentration then how come the state does not provide any PGP points for coaching? Or why wouldn't the state require teachers gain X amount of PGP points from coaching a sport, sponsoring a club, or doing x, y, z for students? I've heard multiple head coaches say the issue is schools are hiring teachers who show up at 8 AM and leave at 3 PM. I know a lot of this comes down to years of experience issues talked about above but it would be a way to get teachers who are already in the building involved in something.
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    I definitely believe that was part of the delay. But I think Miller and Hein said something to the effect of we know we are leaving and this situation will be someone else's decision. Superintendents, Principals and Coaches should all be expressing their opinions both for and against for the new ADs.
  29. 1 point
    I’m not totally sure about the public/private school part...but yes. When are they going to address this issue. Ultimately, it’s our friends children, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, and children that are hurt most by this. They deserve the best they can get and by underpaying educators, classrooms become more packed and the number of quality educators and role models thins. In many ways, the issue is exponential and will only get worse until there is a breaking point.
  30. 1 point
    Well, Indiana has been talking about how this is a problem for years. When are they going to do something about it?? I know teachers that have been in for 5-10 years and are still making less than 40K per year. Indiana's leaders should be embarrassed about this, lets see some pro-active measures to address this before it gets worse. They are losing teachers and funneling money from public schools to the private schools thanks to Pence and his crooked buddy Tony Bennett.
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    Stinky, Stink, Stink 1.2.3. It was a hard night for this guy after he left Connies. He was tossing dollar bills left and right trying to keep up with the crew and Tiger BL's made him run a light and he got to spend the night! Just a Normal Night in Stinik Town
  33. 1 point
    I think there is a conspiracy to limit my free speech....ducking technology
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    I totally agree with the Wedgebuster. It seems like districts are proud of the fact that they only pay a given number of years of experience these days. Once had an excellent school district with an excellent football program tell me the following. "We would love to hire you and bring you into our school and football program..... However, we can only pay up to 5 years experience." In my mind I had the conversation with my wife. "Honey I have a chance to move our family to an excellent district and have a chance at a ring each year.... It will only cost us 20 thousand dollars a year while we are there." Yes I got knocked up side the head in my mind as well. Schools today miss out on a lot of highly qualified and experienced educators due to the fact that they do not pay what people have rightfully earned. It will come back to bite the Hoosier State in the rear end sooner than later.
  36. 1 point
    Because sometimes the F-bomb is what's needed!
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    Same. I met up with 09er and LCCAlum a few times when Pioneer and LCC played. Both are nice guys and basically played a gimmick online, especially 09er. 09er let me sit in his car during halftime and we both looked up scores around the state. I even had the pleasure of meeting his father, Frank, before. The entire LCC fanbase was always a class act whenever I visited LaRocca Field. I've heard horror stories from other Pioneer fans from 15-20 years ago, but I never personally witnessed anything remotely negative.
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    Not sure how you some of you think this is a dumb rule? It's a fantastic rule. The best part is the whole 6 quarter thing so teams can allow JV players to go in in the 3rd q. Great rule!!
  44. 0 points
    I have my contract from 2007-2008 when that was the last use of the old sliding scale. I remember being sold on the fact we can make more money because of RISE and they have to pay for the earned evals. I think we all know that even if you have EARNED a raise the school still can say, yes, but there is not Money for your earned raise, oops. If I were to have been able to use the same sliding scale from that contract 12 years ago, I would of made $3200 more dollars on my base, that is if there was NO RAISE to the scale in the last 12 years and it stayed status quo.
  45. 0 points
    Indiana is now requiring teachers to do additional work to renew license after July 1st. This is another great example of poor leadership at the education level of our great state. But I guess on the bright side, we can soon gamble on pro and college sporting events in Indiana and a few more casinos have been approved. Way to go INDIANA !!! A new law centered on Career and Technical Education (CTE) signed by Gov. Holcomb will make major changes to teacher Professional Growth Plans (PGP) beginning July 1. The changes come from HEA 1002. ISTA opposes this additional requirement of traditional public-school teachers. For teachers who have not yet started their license renewal, we urge them to start the process in the Licensing Verification and Information System (LVIS) before July 1, to avoid this new PGP requirement for their next renewal. The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has issued guidance on the upcoming changes. As outlined: License holders starting a PGP for renewal in their Licensing Verification and Information System (LVIS) accounts after July 1, 2019 are required to complete 15 of the 90 PGP points required for renewal in one or more of these areas: An externship with a company; Professional development provided by the state, a local business, or a community partner that provides opportunities for school and employers to partner in promoting career navigation; Professional development provided by the state, a local business, or a community partner that outlines: current and future economic needs of the community, state, nation, and globe; and ways in which current and future economic needs described in (A) can be disseminated to students.
  46. 0 points
    That is not a caricature of Mr. Beal. However it is one of you, Gonzo. Here is another: and another: And another of your buddy Night Hawk:
  47. -1 points
    Doesn't sounds like the "Constitutional Crisis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" that many Democrats are crying about.
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    Gonzo - There is meme thread. But I'll bite, so you think banning guns is the answer?
  50. -1 points
    Well then why post a meme like that on a serious topic? Deflection? https://nypost.com/2019/05/10/colorado-school-shooting-suspects-reportedly-took-guns-from-parents-cabinet/ What new gun law could have prevented these kids from getting those guns? They broke into a supposedly secure gun safe, stole the guns, torched a vehicle and (obviously - thankfully) didn't know how to use the guns effectively. They broke the law. Simple. Whose fault do you think this is?
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