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Chris Christie argues with government school teacher about pay; teacher a little “less than honest”

There is a great exchange between NJ Gov. Christie and an NEA teacher (Rita Wilson) regarding Gov. Christie’s education budget, the video of which can be seen here.  Here’s a snippet from the news story:

But borough teacher Rita Wilson, a Kearny resident, argued that if she were paid $3 an hour for the 30 children in her class, she’d be earning $83,000, and she makes nothing near that.

“You’re getting more than that if you include the cost of your benefits,” Christie interrupted.

When Wilson, who has a master’s degree, said she was not being compensated for her education and experience, Christie said:

“Well, you know then that you don’t have to do it.” Some in the audience applauded…

Your union said that is the greatest assault on public education in the history of the state,” Christie said. “That’s why the union has no credibility, stupid statements like that.”

Did I mention that I luvs me some Chris Christie?  😆

If I don’t like my career or job, I’m free to pursue one I do like.  We all are.

Teachers do what they do because of a love for the profession, a commitment to developing students, and various other reasons (the vast majority of them worthwhile).  They get into the profession knowing that they will likely never be well-compensated.  We can talk all day long whether they should be better paid, but that’s not the point at all.  The point is that they know they aren’t going to be rolling in the dough.

Unless, maybe, you’re Rita Wilson, the teacher complaining to Gov. Christie who says she “makes nothing near” $83k.  Really?  “Nothing near that”, huh?From Red State:

There’s just one problem. There is one Rita Wilson working for the Rutherford School District. Assuming the teacher confronting Governor Christie is the same lady, she has no freaking clue what she makes.

Public records from the school district show her making $86,000+.

So yes Governor, you should support this lady being paid $3.00 per child and save some money.

As Erick says in his post title, I sure hope she isn’t a math teacher.

Obviously, she was not talking about herself…which means she was misrepresenting herselfDick Blumenthal just called from CT to say he doesn’t see anything wrong with that.

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May 27, 2010 - Posted by | Chris Christie, New Jersey, public education

2 Comments »

  1. Yeah, it sucks when a teacher has a martyr attitude. Yes $86,000 is not much in Rutherford,but you don’t go into education to make money. My husband never complains about his pay. He does complain about the amount of mandates (aka paperwork) that take away from his teaching and idiots who think he has a cushy overpaying job, but never the pay.

    Comment by Alli | May 27, 2010

  2. “Yeah, it sucks when a teacher has a martyr attitude. Yes $86,000 is not much in Rutherford,but you don’t go into education to make money.”

    I agree Alli. A lot of my closest friends signed an employment contract knowing they weren’t going to make near that 86K either. But each and every single one agreed to write a check to their employer for an amount up to and including their LIFE! God Bless our military and never forget.

    Comment by tnjack | May 28, 2010


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