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Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 12:00am

The 300-plus Metro teachers being laid off will be glad to hear that [superintendent Jesse Register] will continue to make his $250,000 a year though. Maybe he can hire a few teachers back with his salary.

Posted by "WestTNgirl"

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By: yogiman on 5/26/11 at 4:52

It would seem; with 300-plus teachers being laid off, the superintendent would not have the biggest job to do as before.

Why not be required to take an equal pay cut as to the size of employee cut? Or is it going to be considered a harder job to have fewer teachers educate more students?

By: Loner on 5/26/11 at 6:18

Hey, Tennessee is a scab labor state...and it's getting scabbier. Quality educators are looking elsewhere. Tea Party theocrats have hijacked the Volunteer State's government; Tennessee is now leading the pack, in the race to the bottom.....they don't need no steenking teachers.

By: govskeptic on 5/26/11 at 6:31

Not sure how Loner would know whether Tn Teachers are looking elsewhere or
not looking out a NY basement window!! Mr. Register's salary is based on size
of system, management skills, as well as goals and responsibility toward achieving those goals. That is a far cry from job description of the certified teachers!

By: dargent7 on 5/26/11 at 6:52

I'm not sure how Tenn. can lay off 300+ teachers.
Has the baby boom era totally gone away?
So, classrooms have only 20-30 students?
Over 30+ students and you need another teacher.

By: serr8d on 5/26/11 at 7:01

Wisconsin demanded and received concessions from their knuckle-dragging public-sector unionist teachers; then for good measure, Governor Scott Walker yanked a knot in Wisconsin public-sector unions. You could hear those Dirty Socialists bellowing from here. But even after massive union-led protests from around the nation, a nationalized Wisconsin Supreme Court election that saw the DNC and BHO's 'Community Organizing' arm OFA and even Jabba the Filmmaker show up; even after all the steenking hippies pillaged the State Capitol, banging drums and smoking dope, JoAnne Kloppenburg, the hand-picked Unionist candidate, failed to unseat Justice Prosser. With all that noise, We.Still.Won.

He's a Good Man, Governor Scott Walker.

In New York (Loner's home state), teacher's unions would not budge. Therefore, teachers were laid off. A good thing; their precious Union Thugs could do nothing for them. If the money is not there, and they won't accept concessions, then let 'em hit the streets. There's no reason they should be considered better than non-union workers who are feeling the scourge of an economic downturn.

As for this salary of the school Superintendent? He's paid what he's worth. If he wants more, then hit the private sector; where, if you are good enough, you will command a good salary. Otherwise, work for DuPont slopping the toilets (not looking at Nemo, not really~!)

By: Loner on 5/26/11 at 7:09

I reckon that I got that notion here, Gov:

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/apr/06/long-haul-teachers/

Besides, it only makes sense that, if the legislative trend is towards stripping teachers of their collective bargaining rights, then the handwriting is on the wall, so to speak. Smart educators will take the hint and skedaddle.

As Tennessee slips deeper into right-wing paranoia and fundamentalist Christian theocracy, the contempt for "government schools" will only increase. Quality educators can and do find more hospitable work environments in the more progressive states.

If there's one thing that TN does not need at this time it's a brain drain. The return of the coonskin cap may be just around the corner....now festooned with tea bags.

By: dargent7 on 5/26/11 at 7:17

For the life of me, I cannot understand all the scourage people in the south have for school teachers.
The lower souther states...Tenn., Miss., Ark., Alabama have got to have the dumbest people on the planet Earth reside.
Dropping out of the 8th grade is considered scholastic achievement.
The lowest possible test scores on the ACT and SAT is considered a badge of honor.
Even H.S. grads can't construct a sentence with correct syntax, vernacular, and conjegation. ( I made that one up).
Tenn. hates Barack Obama and despises Al Gore. Two Harvard educated lawyers who are smarter than a whip.
Any wonder?

By: yogiman on 5/26/11 at 7:25

Loner,

Please excuse my ignorance. but as wun uv them up yonderers, what in the hell do you know about Tennessee? Been here once? Twice? Become legislatively knowledgeable of our Tennessee laws?

Hey, 'ol man, how about moving down here and telling us how to live our lives? Or are you 'fraid of us?

Cum on, give us a try. With your (questionable) state knowledge you might make Tennessee a nationally desired place to raise a family. Heck, may even world wide. I mean, I can't understand everbody tawken over yonder in Nashville.

By: Loner on 5/26/11 at 7:25

Serr8d sez: "In New York (Loner's home state), teacher's unions would not budge. Therefore, teachers were laid off."

No source for that, of course. So, I Googled it, seems like NYC Mayor Bloomberg threatened teacher lay offs; but has since retreated. Of course, NYC and New york State are two different animals.

We pay high taxes in the Empire State, but we have a first class educational system; it's worth the money...students from across the globe come to New York for an education.

We have our Tea Party fringe here too; but they are not a threat to our educational system.

The Tea Party candidate in Tuesday's special election here won 9% of the vote; that caused the GOP candidate to lose to a Democrat, in a highly Republican District, (NY 26th). The Tea Party sucked off enough votes to bugger the Republican plans...let's hope that that trend continues nationally.

By: Loner on 5/26/11 at 7:32

Tennessee politics is one of my hobbies, Yogi. Yeah, I know, that's pretty weird, but what can you expect from a loner? I've been an NCP poster for years.

I visited Nashville in 2004; was mistaken for being Willie Nelson as I left Tootsies...love the place!

Great Papa John's Pizza and great B&B's.

I shall return!

By: dargent7 on 5/26/11 at 7:32

"yogi" As to your post at 7:25am...: SHUT UP!

By: Loner on 5/26/11 at 7:39

A Democrat, Kathy Hochul, from Buffalo, NY, will replace (R) Chris Lee, the Craigslist shirtless lawmaker, of notorious distinction.

The election was seen as a referendum on Medicare; the GOP is backing a losing horse on that issue...seniors are alarmed and they are voting.

Considering the gaggle of political dwarfs that the GOP is trotting out for 2012, I'd say that the Republican surge is ebbing away quickly.

By: Loner on 5/26/11 at 7:51

"SHUT UP!"?? Interesting. In this part of New York, on the Great Lakes, we pronounce that, "SHAD AP!" (with 2 very short "a's".)

Isn't this cultural exchange exciting?

By: house_of_pain on 5/26/11 at 7:51

"We don't need no education."
-Pink Floyd

By: dargent7 on 5/26/11 at 7:57

"Kindly take the stand and drop the vernacular...."
"Vernacular"?
"that's a derby..."
-Curly Howard

By: Loner on 5/26/11 at 8:20

Image of the Day candidate:

From Serr8d: "..even after all the steenking hippies pillaged the State Capitol, banging drums and smoking dope..."

Damn! I'm ready for my Summer retreat...the campfires, the Gembay drumming, the dirt, the Hippies, the T&A...the sacred smoke. Makes me wanna grab a bowl of granola right now.

By: Loner on 5/26/11 at 8:33

Fresh Journal Entry:

http://new-york-loner.livejournal.com/

By: yogiman on 5/26/11 at 8:54

Its interesting to see where you want to know so much about Tennessee, Loner, when you have so many negative comments to make about it. Are trying the equate New York to our beloved honorable state? You're not planning on moving in here, are you?

I must agree, its hard to be a natural born Tennessean now with all of them Yankees (like dargent7) sneaking in here to live. They're taking up too much room. Its getting harder to find a farm any more.

What did they throw him out of Detroit for?

By: Loner on 5/26/11 at 8:58

I could be moving into the trailer right next to yours, Yogi.

By: yogiman on 5/26/11 at 9:56

Not on my farm, Loner. But I might let you park in down in the flood zone. They say we only get one here ever 100 years. so you'd be ok.

By: budlight on 5/26/11 at 10:05

Loner on 5/26/11 at 6:18
Hey, Tennessee is a scab labor state...and it's getting scabbier. Quality educators are looking elsewhere. Tea Party theocrats have hijacked the Volunteer State's government; Tennessee is now leading the pack, in the race to the bottom.....they don't need no steenking teachers.

Loner, who was the villian before the Tea Party came into existence? There's AD, BC and now - BTC (before tea party) and ATC (after tea party). You are so dead set against chrisians, morals, morality, ethics, conservatives and the like. Who hurt you so much that you have so much venom in your veins and heart?

Lighten up. It's a big world and we can all "get along" if you liberals will just cooperate.

By: budlight on 5/26/11 at 10:06

By the way, how's anyone going to sell an older home when the obama energy rulings start putting labels on our homes if they pass or fail the energy update inspection being proposed for the EPA to administer?

By: brrrrk on 5/26/11 at 10:32

serr8d said

"Wisconsin demanded and received concessions from their knuckle-dragging public-sector unionist teachers;"

Well, no bias there.....

By: brrrrk on 5/26/11 at 10:39

yogiman said

"Please excuse my ignorance. but as wun uv them up yonderers, what in the hell do you know about Tennessee? Been here once? Twice? Become legislatively knowledgeable of our Tennessee laws?"

yogi, I've lived here for 25 years. This state has gone from bad to worse. As for Loner's opinions, you don't have to live inside a pile of crap to know that it smells..... it's obvious from a distance.

By: brrrrk on 5/26/11 at 11:05

"Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear." - William E. Gladstone, 1866

By: brrrrk on 5/26/11 at 11:08

And just for bud......

“The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion” - George Washington

By: Funditto on 5/26/11 at 11:50

It seems based on the posts of late, the less educated you are, the more scorn you have for teachers. Just sayin'.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/26/11 at 11:50

"Religious groups have a very long history of attempting to monopolize social constructions and even abstract concepts key to, or components of, a healthy society: marriage, sexuality, morality and as an off-shoot of morality, charity. A consequence of the centuries-spanning PR campaign conflating theism (and especially Christianity) with the impulse to charity has largely duped Americans into believing that Christians are the major givers and that non-believers are selfish, angry loners unconcerned with the struggles of the less fortunate.

Setting the Record Straight
Not only is the stereotype untrue, it is perversely untrue. The largest and most credible aid organization on Earth (other than Gates' Foundation) is the International Red Cross- a wholly secular, not holy religious, outfit. Meanwhile some of the most prolific theists and theist groups have done little or no charity that does not also double as proselytizing: big tent preachers of the 700 club, Roman Catholics (ever been to the Vatican? all that gold ain't cheap), the rich and powerful Mormon church gives out tens of thousands of free copies of their sacred text instead of using those resources to help anyone but themselves."
http://uiucatheists.blogspot.com/p/secular-samaritan.html

unethical and amoral? I think not.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/26/11 at 11:51

that seems to be the case, Funditto. how's it going?

By: budlight on 5/26/11 at 11:54

By: brrrrk on 5/26/11 at 10:39
yogiman said

"Please excuse my ignorance. but as wun uv them up yonderers, what in the hell do you know about Tennessee? Been here once? Twice? Become legislatively knowledgeable of our Tennessee laws?"

yogi, I've lived here for 25 years. This state has gone from bad to worse. As for Loner's opinions, you don't have to live inside a pile of crap to know that it smells..... it's obvious from a distance.

Brrrrrk "this state has gone from bad to worse" since the likes of you have moved here. Think about it. All you do is complain. You are not part of the solution. You are part of the problem.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/26/11 at 12:00

so you're intimately aware of brrrk's life an accomplishments? or are you just assuming and being judgemental? how christian of you - seriously.

By: budlight on 5/26/11 at 12:03

Said by the blanket "the rich and powerful Mormon church gives out tens of thousands of free copies of their sacred text instead of using those resources to help anyone but themselves."

Having lived in Utah for over 5 years, I was impressed with the way in which Mormans take care of each other and themselves. Statistically there are very FEW Mormans on welfare either state of federal. They seem to know what it means to be prepared. And they work very hard. While I do not believe or adhere to their religious doctrine I do know many Mormans who are hard working, decent people.
So you may be overreaching Blanket. Why should they help everyone?

After all, do you help anyone but your own kind? When's the last time you made a big donation to a church-related group.

The Red Cross was founded because?

"The Red Cross received its first congressional charter in 1900 and a second in 1905, the year after Barton resigned from the organization. This charter-which remains in effect today-sets forth the purposes of the organization that include giving relief to and serving as a medium of communication between members of the American armed forces and their families and providing national and international disaster relief and mitigation.

Prior to the First World War, the Red Cross introduced its first aid, water safety, and public health nursing programs. With the outbreak of war, the organization experienced phenomenal growth. The number of local chapters jumped from 107 in 1914 to 3,864 in 1918 and membership grew from 17,000 to more than 20 million adult and 11 million Junior Red Cross members. The public contributed $400 million in funds and material to support Red Cross programs, including those for American and Allied forces and civilian refugees. The Red Cross staffed hospitals and ambulance companies and recruited 20,000 registered nurses to serve the military. Additional Red Cross nurses came forward to combat the worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918."

Then there are organizations to help with other issues such as Salvation Army, Rescue Mission, and many, many other groups that are church or denomination related such as Catholic Charities, etc. I know you don't like Christians, but they help many people.

As a child, when my mother didn't have money for any type of Christmas toys or food, it was the Salvation Army CHURCH that helped us. She worked hard with no child support to speak of. I am eternally grateful for the Averett College Girls and the Salvation Army for my 8 year old Christmas and the joy it brought me to go to their Christmas party. That's the reason I give to others because it impressed me so much that they gave of their time, hearts and donations.

By: revo-lou on 5/26/11 at 12:11

Well, this is REALLY gonna pizz serr off!

http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/05/26/wisconsin.collective.bargaining/index.html?hpt=T2

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/26/11 at 12:29

i don't like hypocrits, period. it just so happens that a lot of sanctimonous, judgemental hypocrites happen to be Christian. A large percentage of them. And then to top it off, they assume they must be the most generous, giving, wonderful people around and want to call anyone not like them amoral, uncaring jerks.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/26/11 at 12:32

let's see....the last time I made a donation to a Church-backed function...let me think...oh yes - it was last Sunday! The First Baptist Church in Portland for their children's program. goes to show how much you know about me and how much you judge.

and the Red Cross is wholly secular. so is Doctors Without Borders and many other groups.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/26/11 at 12:33

I also attend my friend's church fish fry every summer to raise money for their children's programs.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/26/11 at 12:34

btw...it wasn't last Sunday, it was last Saturday. my bad.

By: revo-lou on 5/26/11 at 12:36

BN, don't try to be rational with the irrational, it will drive you crazy.

By: yogiman on 5/26/11 at 12:39

brrrrk,

In my few years on this earth I have lived in Tennessee, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia and New Mexico. I met many good people, but after trying them all out, I decided 'to hell with these places', they ain't like Tennessee. I wanna go back home.

Now? I have no desire to cross my home state line again.... unless I'm going to visit one of my children. Heck, I'd even go to your old "home state" to see them. I figure I could always come home.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/26/11 at 12:39

you know, you're right, revo. it's an act of futility. how are you doing?

By: yogiman on 5/26/11 at 12:40

Oh, and you can throw in California, too.

By: brrrrk on 5/26/11 at 12:42

budlight said

"Brrrrrk "this state has gone from bad to worse" since the likes of you have moved here. Think about it. All you do is complain. You are not part of the solution. You are part of the problem."

Hmmm, I don't get involved in local government, I've given that up years ago. So don't think of hanging the albatross of the condition of this state around my neck. It's your baby, not mine.

By: revo-lou on 5/26/11 at 12:43

Doing good BN. Looking forward to a dry 3 day weekend!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/26/11 at 12:43

yeah, it's totally your fault, brrrrk! lol

By: house_of_pain on 5/26/11 at 12:43

I know for a fact that Blanket donates generously to help Neighbors, every week.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/26/11 at 12:44

me too, revo! i could use some R&R right about now.

By: brrrrk on 5/26/11 at 12:45

Funditto said

"It seems based on the posts of late, the less educated you are, the more scorn you have for teachers. Just sayin'."

yogiman said

"In my few years on this earth I have lived in Tennessee, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia and New Mexico. I met many good people, but after trying them all out, I decided 'to hell with these places', they ain't like Tennessee. I wanna go back home."

Case closed..........

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/26/11 at 12:45

yes, i'm very generous to Neighbors. just ask them.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/26/11 at 12:47

i believe steadfastly that it's very important to have Neighbors.

By: brrrrk on 5/26/11 at 12:48

Blanketnazi2 said

"yeah, it's totally your fault, brrrrk! lol"

I'll be sure to do 3 "Hail Marys" and 4 "What the hells" for penance.