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February 28th, 2011
09:41 AM ET

Perry's Principles: Cuts to teachers possible in many states

Cuts across the country have many educators worrying about their job security. While some states could be cutting teachers' salaries, others might be eliminating teachers' rights to collectively bargain.

Steve Perry, CNN Education Contributor and Founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School, talks about the cuts with CNN's Ali Velshi.


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  1. Greg

    I'm just about sick and tired of the foolishness coming out of Dr. Perry. Beyond the scope of his constant video resume on CNN, he has never been a teacher in a public school. At least his Bio doesn't mention it, so if I'm wrong....opps.

    He has a charter/magnet school, which means he can determine pay for his teachers. His school is successful, but it's because of the fact that he has small numbers and can expel, without any backlash, any students he wants. Instead of touting himself, he needs to give the credit to the teachers that are making him look so good!

    I've had it with "the all knowing Dr. Perry" who doesn't have to play by the rules the rest of us in the public school system have to deal with. He will tell you he is in the public school system, but he won't tell you the rules are different for him.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  2. Vivian Bergenthal

    Relative to all the teacher bashing I would like to comment on Perry's talk about teachers needing to teach in the summer to show they are good teachers. Good teachers study in the summer, by taking classes, etc. And, you are very wrong when you say that teachers don't get better with time. From my own experience time does make the difference. In my later years of teaching, my students had the best classes they could ever have had. As a New York City art teacher I taught science, math, writing skills and history, as well as, creative thinking and problem solving (the key ingredients to a fully developed, functioning mind).
    Teachers should be elevated to the top ranks of society, not thrown into the toilet, as this country is doing. In Japan, teachers are paid salaries in line with those paid to physicians, as their value is understood, in terms of the future of their country.
    The last year I taught not one student in the freshman class was reading at grade level. Please tell me that it is then the high school teacher's fault when the students can't pass tests, appropriate for their grade level. Put simply, thousands of entering freshman in city high schools are not prepared for high school work.
    Years ago I said that students should be able to choose whether to go on academically or to go on for vocational training. That possibility just flew out the window throwing all students into the same basket. It doesn't work. If the European Union can separate out students and help them achieve their goals, which may include vocational training, why can't we? College education has become a business, in this country, nothing more. Just read how college faculty are coping with distracted and unprepared students (many of whom remain in remedial classes for years).
    Wake up. It's time to put the blame where it belongs. Too many kids today enter kindergarden or first grade unprepared for learning. They are underfed, understimulated and distracted. They are growing up in a junk culture with junk food and junk values.
    A sad reality for sure.
    Vivian Bergenthal/ former Project-Arts Coordinator/Chairperson, Fine Arts, Franklin K. Lane/Martin Van Buren H.S.s

    March 7, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  3. art

    As Robert Reich pointed out, last year, America's top thirteen hedge-fund managers earned an average of $1 billion each. One of them took home $5 billion. And much of their incomes are taxed as capital gains- at 15 percent – due to a tax loophole that Republican members of Congress have steadfastly guarded. If the earnings of those thirteen hedge-fund managers were taxed as ordinary income, the revenues generated would pay the salaries and benefits of 300,000 teachers. Who is more valuable to our society – thirteen hedge-fund managers or 300,000 teachers? Let’s make the question even simpler.

    Who is more valuable: One hedge fund manager or one teacher?

    Bernie Madoff mentioned only a few days ago during an interview with a New York magazine that hedge fund managers were constantly wanting to collaborate with him for the 17-18 percent returns on investment.

    If Gov. Walker was serious about balancing the state's budget, he would not have handed out tax breaks to corporations and the well-off. Or would he? Michigan's 'new governor' is attempting to execute a similar game plan in our state.

    The unions, public employee or otherwise, have no reason to concede anything at all to these malefactors.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:48 am |
  4. James Gerber

    I am disappointed that CNN would broadcast this attack on our public educators. This interview sounds like you are supporting the budget bills that would eliminate union bargaining rights for public employees including teachers, trying to sell it to the public as a way to easily dismiss poor teachers and improve education. These budget bills have nothing to do with the quality of education for our children; it has everything to do with the giving tax breaks to the wealthiest 1% of our country. Mr. Perry, the unions in Wisconsin have agreed to accept all of Gov. Walker's budget balancing measures, salary reductions, etc, except the one measure that would eliminate their future bargaining rights. Gov. Walker will not budge. You are incorrect to state that the unions will not come to the table to discuss budget matters.

    February 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  5. mike sey

    Whenever its solidarity in Poland, Blacks in Selma, Democracy movements in the mid-east or miners in West Virginia, the right to organize, negotiate and assemble is held to be a good thing, even no doubt by the likes of Mr. Perry. Yet when it comes to those motherly looking "thugs' in the teaching unions, the response is to legislate against them.

    No wonder they find it necessary to exempt Police from this type of legislation. After all the Perry's of this world fear they might have need of them.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  6. onuss333

    Money is one thing......but to try to do away with the right to set rules for the work place in regards to saftey, ect, is a dangerous precident in America. The Unions arrouse out of a need to keep greedy owners from killing its employees in THIS country. Is the GOP really going to stand by this?

    February 28, 2011 at 10:12 am |