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The stimulus package will only enable most states to help balance their budjets. I work in Delaware and we have been told that they are going to cut all of our paychecks by 6 to 10 percent because of the lack of funding. Every year new teachers and veterans are on edge until the end of May when we know if we have a job for the next year. We were told that we would get some money for upgrading of technology yet have not seen that in the past three years. We are told to use more techonolgy in our lesson plans, yet are not provided with the equpiment to do so. I have computers that are so old they turn themselves on and open up their own disk drives all on their own. The internet does not work on them all the time and I have a monitor that has a big purple spot in the bottom right hand corner. I have no other technology that works in my classroom. Yet, I am expected to buy all my classroom supplies and buy extra items I need for lessons.
I am expected to do this and have my pay cut! I am just about finished my master's degree which I am earning to become highly qualified, but also to get jump up on the pay scale. I will be lucky to break even and now I have to pay the loans back with little money now that my pay check is going to be cut between 6 to 10 percent. Not sure how much yet because it hasn't passed state legislation yet. So I do not think that the stimulus packages that states will get will benefit any classrooms or school districts.
South Carolina's governor, Republican Mark Sanford, continues to refuse to accept the stimulus package money designated for education. If we got the money, I think it clearly would help us survive this economic crisis and might help inspire reform. As things stand, though, we're looking at significant layoffs, resource reductions, increased class sizes, etc., due to the recession-related reduction in tax revenue with no help from any source.
All of the money in the world could not truly reform education. Open-minded and creative people have the ability to reform education.
I am a second year teacher in California who is sadly facing layoff. I love the students I teach every day and I love my career. The thought of leaving my school and the field of education is beyond sad.
If while I am subbing next year waiting to rehire, I could find a grant to possibly cover the cost of my Masters degree, I could come back to teaching a better teacher.
However, the cost of such a degree while not working is prohibitive.
If anyone is aware of grants through the stimulus package, I think this information would be greatly appreciated by other California teachers like myself.