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March 31, 2011


“It’s about the kids.” Not.

E.J. McMahon

Among the several hundred “teachers, public workers, renters, health care advocates and college students” who clogged the State Capitol in a last-ditch budget protest yesterday was Maria Pacheco, a Spanish teacher in Rotterdam-Mohonasen schools, who complained that cuts in state education aid will force her Albany area district to lay off 44 teachers.  Ms. Pacheco and the other protestors were loudly demanding extension of the so-called “millionaire tax” as an alternative to the aid cuts.

“It is about our students,” [Ms. Pacheco] said. “Not the millionaires.”

Actually, it’s about teacher pay increases.  It seems that nearly half those threatened jobs in Rotterdam-Mohonasen could be saved if the district’s unions would accept a wage freeze recently requested by district officials.

By the way, as shown on SeeThroughNY.net, Ms. Pacheco was paid $92,522 in 2010, a nice increase from her $85,042 salary the previous year.  The raise apparently included a retroactive pay hike under the latest Rotterdam-Mohonasen teachers’ contract. The five-year deal reportedly granted teachers a 15 percent salary boost, on the heels of the worst recession in decades.

7 Comments »

  1. It’s About These Public Service Unions Who Only Want MORE From The Taxpayer !!! Enough Is Enough !!! When Do The Taxpayers Get A Raise ??? NEVER !!!

    Comment by eatingdogfood — March 31, 2011 @ 10:04 am

  2. The NYSUT dragon demands annual salary feedings. It needs to be slain!

    Comment by LI TaxReform — March 31, 2011 @ 10:21 am

  3. The teachers and all other public employees just don’t get it. THE TAXPAYERS ARE
    TIRED OF GIVING THEM BETTER PENSIONS AND HEALTH CARE, THEN WE CAN AFFORD TO GIVE OURSELVES. I say, put the shoe on the other foot and start paying for your own benefits,
    as that, is the only way, they will understand how we the taxpayers feel. While they
    are at it, maybe they can pay all and / or a portion of my benefits also. “THE SILENT
    MAJORITY ARE NOW PROTESTING.” The problem is, that we do not have a union dues check off system to fight for us. Through our taxes, we supplement that salery contained item for public employees also, so in reality, we are paying for their lawyers to fight us. Maybe, with our taxpayer Union funded money, their Union can pay a portion and / or all of our lawyers fees also. Their answer to that would be B— S— [A farmer once said the more you stir it, the worst it smells.] Actualy, the more they stir up the issues they do not like,the sweeter it smells to us taxpayers.

    Comment by Tony Ferrari — March 31, 2011 @ 11:21 am

  4. I read with interest this morning that several bargining units in the Niskayuna school district accepted a wage freeze that was requested by the school board, but not the teachers. Absent the teachers, the yield to the school district is about $85,000 just enought to save perhaps one teacher. I imagine they are some of the best paid teachers in the area. When are the teachers going to learn that most taxpayers work much longer work days, work years and longer into their later years in life for far less in wages in benefits, even if they have advanced college degrees. Thanks for highlighting the hypocracy of Ms. Pacheco, she’s a perfect example of why we need to cap property taxes and freeze public sector wages until we can get spending under control.

    Comment by callmycynical — March 31, 2011 @ 11:30 am

  5. I am so tired of hear “It’s all about the kids” give me a break. If it was about the kids the teachers and school districts would freeze wages. GET RID OF THE UNION!!!!!

    Comment by Kristina Kucker — March 31, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

  6. [...] The Empire Center’s Torch is burning: Among the several hundred “teachers, public workers, renters, health care advocates and college students” who clogged the State Capitol in a last-ditch budget protest yesterday was Maria Pacheco, a Spanish teacher in Rotterdam-Mohonasen schools, who complained that cuts in state education aid will force her Albany area district to lay off 44 teachers. [...]

    Pingback by It's For the Kids! (And My 15% Pay Raise) — March 31, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

  7. It’s important to note that this school district is in an area where a starter home can be purchased for under 100K. Her salary for that area is HUGE! Btw teaching Spanish at the level taught in the public schools is not exactly rocket science. In no way is the true market value of her work 90K plus — for a part time job.

    And hey, guess what, I’m a liberal! Poor kids and minority kids get the worst schools and the worst teachers and it’s not \millionaires\ at fault - it’s the UFT!

    Comment by Upstate/downstate — April 4, 2011 @ 11:03 am

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