The City of Austin and the local ISDs has been bitching and whining about the possibility of teachers and other educators having to join in on the shared sacrifice of Obama’s failed economic policies. While the rest of the nation has enjoyed much higher than the actually reported 10% unemployment rate (my own company has had significant layoffs in the last year, too), somehow or another teachers seem to have gotten it into their can’t-do-but-can-teach heads that teaching is a guarantee of a lifetime of full employment without the possibility of being laid off during tough times.
You know, like what happens in the real world.
Anywho…with all the hand-wringing, crying, and the using-of-children-as-political props during their lame-assed protests this legislative session (seriously ladies—what part of “we’re out of money” don’t you understand?), claiming that Gov. Rick Perry is “firing teachers” (he’s not — local grossly-overpaid Superintendents are) — one of the big points made by the folks on the reality-based side of the issue (Conservatives, especially folks like Peggy Venable at Americans For Prosperity) is that teachers don’t need to be cut because substantial cuts can come from the administrative/non-classroom instructor side of the educational payrolls.
Here in Austin there is one non-classroom instructor job for every teaching job.
And, while the city of Austin is threatening to fire teachers because of budget cutbacks — they’re still hiring. No, not more teachers to teach your kids, but rather a team of PR specialists. Maybe some laid off teachers can apply for these positions.