>I received the following blog comment from reader Judy Repic, who was responding to my March 11th post Doesn’t Anyone Remember Christine Whitman? . I thought that it was a worthwhile comment that should be shared with everyone, so I’ve posted it below:
My question in all of this pension discussion is did either Florio or Whitman take just the portion that the state provided,or did they include the payments made by employees also? Governor Christie was a member of Morris County freeholders when this happened. His comment about “getting in the delorean and going back in time” is pretty cavalier when he was an elected official at the time.
Also, why should any man or woman who have to wear a protective vest have to conceed to giving up anything? Every day active members of PFRS kiss their spouse and family members good by, and that family member has to wonder for 8 hours if they will be welcoming them home or planning a funeral. These State Employees should never have to conceed to anything.
But,hisotically, politicians know how to push the buttons of the general public by accusing state workers of being overpaid for underperformance. The politicians can rile up the hard working general public into a frenzy by saying their world would be better if “x” changes are made. Attacking state workers pay is normally the “x” they use. However, the civil service test is open to everyone, it does not discrimate on any level, so in reality, every citizen in the state of New Jersey has the potential to become a state employee based on a test score.
How about the Governor, Assembly, and Senate start cutting some of their aids, secretaries, close down redundant posititions in Trenton. How about they post the pay of career Trenton employees with that of Police,Fire, Rescue and Corrections Officers who when 911 is dialed show up to aid you.
I am sick of all state employees being considered as lazy and over paid.
>If you’ve notice over the past two weeks the postings on the blog here have been a little thin. I’ve had a temporary change to my work schedule for the month that hasn’t allowed me to focus on thing the way that I would’ve liked to. This coming week my schedule is back to “normal” before being disrupted again for another two weeks, so it’s time to play caught-up.
Along with some local items of interest such as a discrimination charges filed against Middletown’s Chief of Police by a Middletown Police officer, news on the AVAYA and Bamm Hollow redevelopments and some funding being secured for dredging Shadow Lake. A number of readers have also sent me items of interest that others may be interested in knowing.
So over the course of the weekend I hope to get back up to speed on number of items so stay tuned.
I received a very good counter comment by an anonymous writer on the blog post “Middletown school officials unhappy with $2.1 mill…”: earlier today.
The commenter took exception to what another anonymous commenter had to say about teachers and what the responsibilities of assistant principals are.
I posted below the comment that the first poster left in red below followed by the comment from the person who took exception to their snarky and ill informed opinion of members of the Middletown school system.
I thought it was such a good response that I should post it on here on the main page of the blog for everyone to read:
“I am so tired of all of these things about the teachers. all they do is get get get.
The Superintendent of schools make more than the governer of the state of NJ. thta is crazy. the high schools have more than two assistant princapals, that is nuts!!! how much work can each one possibly do all day. and the taxpayers have to deal with this….”
“Unfortunately, that is a common point of view. “There are too many administrators”, that is the new mantra being repeated by the citizens of Middletown. I hear it everywhere, from all types of people with one exception. People who actually know what administrators do, how important they are to the education of our children and how hard they work. I’ll be kind and just say that the people who think that there are too many administrators in Middletown are either ill informed or uniformed.
“When I went to school we had one principal and one assistant principal” is something else I hear. You know what else you had? Thirty year old textbooks and carburetors in your car. Who do you think is responsible for making sure that our students are keeping our students curriculum current? Assistant principals. Who was responsible for this 30 years ago? Apparently no one.
Superintendents are paid according to the law of supply and demand. Governors are not. Christie will make more on his first book deal than most superintendents could make in ten years. He has already made it clear that New Jersey is not a good place to pursue a teaching career, he is about to make the same thing true for administrators. He will be limiting the amount of compensation that superintendents can receive. He is changing the pension formula so that it is calculated on the last five years of employment instead of the current three years. This will encourage eligible teachers to retire before the law takes effect, saving school districts money now. But the long term effect will be that the highest paid teachers will remain on the job an additional two years in the future, costing districts and the state much more. It is a short-sighted policy. “
What do you think? Feel free to comment as you wish, I’ll post whatever comments come in.
Who knew that I had so much influence? I’m dashed 😉
Starting at Noon today President Obama will be speaking to tens of thousands of students across the United States. He will be addressing students form Kindergarten thru 12Th grade and will talk about the importance of staying in school and getting a good education.
Being that Middletown’s Superintendent of Schools, Karen Bilbao, has decided that the President’s address is not significant enough for our school children to hear, I will be streaming the feed live here on the MiddletownMike blog.
Log on at 11:55 to see and hear for yourselves, what the president has to say to the nation’s children.